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Went late this afternoon with an age range from 3 - 60 years. Everyone did fine! Due to a late start and a 3 year old, we did not make the whole trail - but it was not too difficult for anyone, was absolutely beautiful and everyone had a great time.

Set off a little later than ideal, around 8:00 am, with my sister (both of us pushing 50) and 7 kids (13 to 17), all of us Texas flatlanders. The kids moved like gangbusters while my sister and I consistently slowed them down, especially my sister who was wrestling with the altitude. I stopped periodically to take pictures and shoot FB live videos when I had service, and the kids frequently got distracted by snowball fights, chipmunks, and marmots. Unfortunately, just below the last steep climb, a storm cloud started rolling in and I forced everybody to turn around and head back for the trees. To speed up our descent, we opted to sled down a long patch of snow rather than following a particularly tiresome switchback. That was fabulously fun! It drizzled on us all the way back to Williams Lake then stopped. We ate our lunch then trudged back to the Bavarian Inn, where we scarfed down pretzels, french fries, and sodas. We were disappointed that we didn't make it to the top but it was a great experience.

horseback riding
1 day ago

1 day ago

It was really pretty! Coming back we took the Miner Trail and did a loop back. It was pretty steep and not as well traveled. Fun to see something different. Pretty views of Sierra Blanca from Miners Trail too!

1 day ago

This is a great hike and the descriptions of it on All Trails were spot on. I'm a decently in-shape guy from the Midwest and this terrain and the altitude were a tough challenge, so I for sure agree with the "hard" rating. I was pretty wiped and I got a late start in the day so I turned back downhill maybe at about the 3/4 mark, when I found the TWA flight 260 wreckage. For reference, this is just about where the trail is directly under the tramway cables. Awesome views, cool terrain; I saw lots of lizards, birds, and yes, one giant Diamondback Rattle snake, so be careful! I did get a little off track a couple times but unopened the All Trails app and was able to see where I went wrong and got back on track. If you get lost, backtrack a little and check the app/map. Don't start too late in the day, I got rained on a little right at the end of my hike. I definitely recommend this trail!

mountain biking
1 day ago

Gorgeous views but long hike. Not clearly marked above Pecos Baldy lake.

Absolutely gorgeous hike! From wandering through the aspen groves to following the mountain stream to the well-earned reward of Nambe Lake after a challenging uphill trek - this was every thing I look for in a hike!

2 days ago

Challenging, when you get to the Lake, you feel like you accomplished a hike. Strenuous but rewarding. Watch out coming down. I slipped and fell. Good shoes are needed. We also use trekking poles.

Be aware that there is a cut off road in order to get to the trail head! Very scenic and beautiful trail. Lots of wild life, be aware if traveling with a dog theres a lot of interesting smells and animals that could spike there interest. Very green and wet this time of year! Once you get to the top it's quite the view to take in!

First time on this trail. We have lived in Santa Fe and do hikes there. We wanted to branch out a little. On Sat June 24 th, we were actually headed to another hiking area, but the small parking lot was full. So we headed here. I have the Santa Fe Day Hike book and I had briefly read up on this hike. I wanted to go to the cave.
We started out later than we really wanted to (about 1 pm) and by 4-5 pm the news was forecasting some storms. So. We knew it was not going to be the most optimal hike.
The trail is easy to follow, we had our book, but it does have lots of large loose rock. And , it is a bit strenuous.
We met a couple early on, they were headed out, and they had seen a bear. They said it was spotted "a ways off the trail". I should have been more scared.
The hike up took us longer than I wanted it to. We stopped and rested often. We saw a lone hiker headed down and a group of younger adults with two dogs.
We marched on until you get to the first good plateau, which is where most of my photos were taken. We were going to keep going, but we could see some clouds coming our way, we weren't well equipped and we had spent almost 4 hours hiking up. So, we left that breathtaking view saying we would be back and I started back down first. Just as I rounded the first corner to the switchback, I saw a movement right down the trail. I froze. It was a bear. My husband came up behind, and told me, Don't move. To late. I started to freak out.
The bear was a honey blonde color, shining right there in the sun! My heart stopped. Rex
Kept his cool somehow. The bear took a few more steps towards us and Rex made some really loud noises and the bear ran on up the mountain.
This was our very first encounter. I was terrified.
I liked to know how often bear sighting happen on this hike.