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Great hike! Fantastic views. A few more people on the trail than I had expected based on the trail description - though it was Sunday. In the late summer, you want to start this hike early so that you don't get caught in early afternoon storms that sweep in - we barely missed the thunderstorm that rolled in quickly around 1 pm. The last mile is very exposed, so plan to be off the peak by noon or so.

Does anyone know where to park to access the trail? And what is the nfs trail number?

hiking
10 days ago

First of all what a Trek!! I got 4.8 miles on my Apple Watch, but I’m pretty sure it was more. If it wasn’t for my husband being there before I think we would have lost the map due to poor cell service. This hike is incredibly difficult at certain points. It’s a straight up incline up the ski basin slopes. We hit almost 12,000 feet in elevation just to give you an idea. You go to the top of the towers where you would normally ski the big tesuque trail from the top. I recommend snacks and extra water in a backpack. It took us 4 hours there and back. And just remember what goes up must came down. The hike down was more awkward on your knees. But overall the view is worth it! All I’m saying is being prepared for a long hike. Enjoy the views!! We saw herd of cattle and lots of deer!!! Enjoy <3

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike. I headed up mid morning and got back early afternoon. More foot traffic as I was heading out. All the up was worth it! The lake and surrounding area was beautiful. Additional notes: ran into a cow herd on the way up. Peaceful forest. Trail is rocky. Download the map to help with the section after the switch in trails; trail was easily lost.

(Drove in from Houston last night, hiked Baldy today.)

Beautiful, long, reasonably hard hike.

The 3 creek (very small, more like “criks”) crossings were beautiful. At 3.5 (half way to top), there is a nice creek to rest or cool off your feet.

The terrain is (mostly) loose rock. I just wore tennis shoes (mistake).

It is an “up” then long ramp “down”, then “up” until you reach baldy.

The last mile is tough. I had to walk 100 steps, then rest. Of course, my heart was racing the entire time due altitude (and fat belly...ha).

Once you get to top, keep walking to the next ridge (maybe 40 yards) and you look down on a beautiful lake (Lake Catherine...I think.)

The locals love this one. If you aren’t used to the altitude, just take breaks so you don’t blow yourself up. It’ll still be tough.

I was committed to walking slowly enough for this hike to take all day. It did. 5 hours out. 4 hours back.

All in all, beautiful hike. As I was about making my way to summit, a man said to me “your almost there, it’s worth it.” He was right. Wow. 360 degrees of Gods beautiful creation.

(One note: as I was leaving the state police where setting up to search for a lost hiker. It’s a beautiful, well marked hike, but just be careful.)

ahh ok. I am glad to see this trail is rated difficult! I thought I was just in bad shape! seriously this trail definitely has some really steep stretches that makes it quite exhausting but really worth it! beautiful waterfall along the way and the lake is crystal clear! my twelve year old made it too and I am nearly 50 and not in the best shape so it's not that difficult! I also heard a hermit thrush along the way. beautiful bird with a flute voice!! overall a great hike!!

hiking
17 days ago

July 29 2018. Gorgeous day to be hiking considering all the recent heavy rain around Santa Fe. Today clear skies and nothing but beauty every where you look. This hike out and back was right at 7 miles. I too took a few wrong turns and had to back track out. I do agree the trail is a bit hard to follow after the Windsor /Nambe fork. There is a high and a low trail, I suggest following the lower trail near the creek. After crossing the creek continue on - from here the remaining portion of the trail is frickin' hard. Upon arriving at the Lake, all the sweat was more than worth it. The Lake was crystal clear and just sparkled with the sun's reflection. Amazingly beautiful. Enjoy.

hiking
19 days ago

I have to agree with everyone else’s reviews. This was a challenge and I am in decent shape. Loved the breathtaking views . Ran out of time to get to the top so I will be definitely be coming back . Its a weekend so it was busy but everyone was friendly and sweet furbabies all around. The all trails kept us on track and we got to scramble up a few rocks too !

One of my fave day hikes

hiking
23 days ago

It was absolutely beautiful but we lost the trail and were wondering around for a while. The lake was amazing and cold !
Hiking took us around 6 hours total including our stop by the lake for 2 hours. We are not expert hikers..

road biking
24 days ago

FYI - Trail is paved from the Railyard to where it crosses Rabbit Rd, unpaved from Rabbit Rd to Eldorado. No water stops, but there is a privy at the parking lot where it crosses Rabbit Rd. Would be nice if the city put in water at the Rabbit Rd junction. :(

on Aspen Vista Trail

25 days ago

Some shade on the lower half in summer, which is nice. Go up early on summer and fall weekends if you want to beat the crowds. The aspen and pine are showing drought stress this year, but it’s still a fabulous hike. The width makes for a more sociable trail. It’s also fun in winter for snowshoes or xcountry skis.

One of the greatest assets especially for being 25 minutes from town. Hike in & out day trip style or backpack it for an awesome scenic two day adventure

Yesterday I hiked four miles in to the vista overlook. Today I went up to the radio towers and Deception Peak, for a 13.6 - mile hike. Views from the peak were spectacular. This is a popular trail for runners, mtnbikers, dogwalkers, hikers and families with small children. The grade is mellow. This is a great training hike for taller peaks. Come early as the parking lot fills up fast even during the week. This morning a herd of cattle were in the middle of the road.

Weather changes fast during the monsoon season. I started with clear skies and ended with storm clouds.

Solid class 3 scrambling at the traverse from Deception Peak

LOVED IT

hiking
1 month ago

Pristine wilderness. Makes you proud to be a New Mexican.
Not sure it the trail is really 6.4 miles.
Stick to the left of the Rio Nambe after the Windsor Trail forks.
Took about 5.2 miles to get there and 3.4 miles to return (following the trail to the left of the Rio).
Get an early start, afternoon showers could make for flash flooding at the lake.

Trail closed due to fire danger.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, beautiful lake at the top. Can have snow until mid-May depending on the year's snowfall.

Trail can be hard to follow as the climb starts after the Winsor Trail split, but stay near the creek and you'll be fine.

We have hiked this trail a few times with kids. Lots of fun. But it is now closed (since June 1, 2018) until further notice.

Great trail. Short. Beautiful falls.

Great Short trail just outside Santa Fe. took me about 2 hours with stopping for pics. When dry it's easy for any 4x4 and most high clearance 2wd should be able to make it. AT&T has phone service through out most of the trail, so it's a safer one to go alone.

This a a great hike with lots of up. As folks have noted trail can be hard to follow at times after the turnoff to Nambe Lake trail 400. It took us about 4 hours including about 20 minutes at the lake. There was still ice on the stream which made for some cool pics.

We did this hike Memorial Day weekend 2018. Start at ski basin and follow Windsor trail 254 signs, next to the bathroom outhouse . At the 1st fork, take a right and stay along the fence line to make it to Ravens Ridge, Deception Point, and Lake Peak. This is a steady gradual climb over 3miles at high elevation. Plan for 1mile an hour hiking . There are many social trails from Ravens Ridge To Deception Peak - you can take any of them.

When you get to deception peak, there is a high and low ascent to Lake Peak. Recommend the lower ascent — a lot safer without having to do the Knife’s edge on the high ascent. Both the high and low ascents meet up at top of the Lake Peak. There is great cell phone service at the top! It is windy and exposed at the top, so bring wind breakers. Hiking poles are helpful.

The trail from Lake Peak to Penitente Peak switchbacks down the backside of Lake Peak to the green treeless Penitente Peak. Once you get to Penitente Peak the trail is completely gone, so very very helpful to download the all trails map and use your GPS. Also be aware that you will need to hug the Penitente Peak Ridge line and backtrack a bit. Hikers have stacked stones to help mark the trail . Hiking experience very helpful here , as is a compass. Once you find it at the top of the ridge line, the trail is extremely well marked the rest of the way.

The rest of the hike is through a shaded forest with lots of switchbacks. You meet back up with the Windsor loop 254 at some point.

Our Apple pacer had this hike at 12.4 miles and it took us 7hrs (3 hrs for the 1st 3miles and then much faster the rest of the way).

Awesome hike. We took the harder way up and the easier way down. Bring lots of water!

Fun fun family time

Hiked on 5/21, trail is clear of snow but as others have said the trail is hard to follow at points with numerous spur trails leading seemingly nowhere. Once you turn off trail 254, just make sure to keep hugging the creek on either side, and the trail will come back into focus. Otherwise, pleasant hike with some beautiful meadows en route to an awesome payoff. The lake is framed by a giant granite bowl and is a perfect place for a lunch. Trailhead is over 9000 feet and they trail climbs another 2000 so, even after three days in and around Santa Fe, we still had to take the big climb slowly. The air up there is thin.

We got hailed on during our hike down, which is way better than being rained on because my shoes stayed dry.

hiking
2 months ago

For a good challenge I definitely recommend this hike. We made it past the treeline but not all the way to Lake Peak (didn't think our skills were up to par) Past the treeline I recommend a wind breaker or light jacket as it did get chilly. The views are amazing and the trail was not too hard to follow. Some small patches of snow and ice in the shade but none on the trail. My partner and I are in our early 30s and in somewhat good shape. The incline is pretty consistent and rocky at times but it is so worth it. I recommend doing the Nambe Lake trail first like we did (not in the same day) and then doing this one where you get an amazing view of the lake from above.

This was a very nice hike. Other hikers were friendly and considerate. Dog were leashed for the most part and kept under control.

Beautiful hike. We went at the end of April. A lot of snow and ice near the top. It even started snowing very heavily for about 15 minutes. The trail is hard to follow at times. Always find the river! If you stay with it you will be fine. The lake is beautiful and worth the work. Beginning and end are fairly steep. Don’t give up!

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