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4 of 5 due to wish there were more views. but, great trail, and part of a nice, larger trail system that is the Elliott Barker. the hike up to the pass is cool and the views from the pass are great. the meadow is gorgeous.

there is no water in this trail. our hike worked out to about 10 miles. only saw a couple other people.

the last push up to where the trail "ends", but really it just continues on, could be a bit tougher for folks that aren't in shape, but take it slow, and drink water.

11 hours ago

My husband and I hiked this on Sunday 8/19 with our dog. The Winsor Trail to Spirit Lake is very well-maintained and easy to follow. Spirit Lake is smaller than nearby Lake Katherine but still nice. We didn't see anyone else going to Spirit Lake. (Most were going to Nambe Lake, and the few that weren't went to Katherine.) We didn't see anyone else after the Katherine turnoff. We did see a small herd of cattle near that junction both times. Lots of water flowing in several spots for our dog. We ended up making a loop and continuing on to Lake Katherine via the Winsor Trail to the Skyline Trail; that portion of trail from Spirit to Katherine was difficult to follow with many downed trees--just an FYI for anyone planning to hike that route.

11 hours ago

The trail spur to the waterfall was closed from March until August 15th. we attempted on Aug 19. The trail was pretty overgrown in spots, and we ultimately turned around after seeing fresh bear scat (1/3 way to waterfall area). Lovely hike on a hot day with 2 parents and one child.

amazing hike, can be done in one day best done in two. camp at lacal basin

hey just wanted to point out that the turnoff coordinates are incorrect and lead to a private residential area. The turnoff is at 35.828399,-106.595902.

1 day ago

What a beautiful destination. The lake and surrounding area is just gorgeous. The views of the trees reflecting off the water was amazing. The trail is a little tricky to follow at times, used the map in this app and it led us right to it. We ended up with a bit over 7 miles out and back.

beautiful trail and lake

Easy to follow trail, lots of up hill climbing. Mostly full sun, so start your hike early. We'll be back.

This is the best trail in all of Santa Fe. However, please be advised of bears. We hike this trail a lot and it's absolutely amazing jungle like with creek running through it. Today, August 19th, we encountered a very large mamma bear with cubs at about 6pm about quarter mile up trail. There was a sign posted at trail head that also stated someone saw bear and cubs on Aug 14 around 5pm. We usually hike this trail in morning or before noon, so early hikes here might be better.

Small trickle of water. Perfect to attach a baby on you and walk to the falls and back. Wouldn’t go further then that with a baby. Saw lots of dogs. First hike I’ve done here since I moved from California. Reminded me a of Ojai and a little bit of home. Would like to know when the falls have more water.

Fantastic views of Sandia Peaks. Fairly shady but excellent work out!

Good trail, lots of options of where to go. I enjoyed getting up in elevation as you had shade and trees.

Great hike for beginners. Big tree a must see.

Really nice trail, climbed my own trail for a bit before realizing the trail went the same way. Love the boulder outcrop 2.5 mikes in, great view

wonderful experience

Beautiful. Definitely a sunrise or sunset hike, show case the beautiful bisti desert. Just a word of advice, the road this app has you follow is on gas pump roads and kinda ruff, although our Chrysler van made it. But that leads you to the base of the peak but climbing up to the rim is not an easy hike, we actually had to turn around because of little ones in our group. But if you follow road signs just 10 minutes south of where the app tells you to turn off the main highway, that is where you can be on top and do easier hiking. Lots of hidden short caves on the floor of the valley. And fun back roads if that is what you are planning.

We loved the trails and the beauty of the area. Most disappointing is the number of dog owners breaking the rules. Too many dogs were off leash, and owners did not pick after their dogs. One unleashed dog growled at us on the trail while his owner had no response to call him back or deter the dog from aggressive displays.

Great easy recovery walk.

Great path, beautiful beautiful scenery.
A little to much for me as a novice hiker, more so for the altitude I think. I turned back less than half way through

Up and up and up it goes. Beautiful overlooks

From a Texan

Nice views. Good Trail. Clearly marked. Cool historic sites.

2 days ago

I really enjoyed this little hike. I didn’t complete the whole thing because twice I got off the main trail because it was unclear where the real trail was. My phone was dying so I was trying to use the app as little as possible but if I had a fully charged phone, it would have been easy to navigate. A beautiful trail with lots of wild flowers. Maybe I didn’t go far enough but I don’t understand the hard rating for difficulty. It was rocky in places but down hill to start with. Some of the side trails coming off the road are actually better because you don’t have to contend with the rocks. The trees are much denser though. July/August there are almost always late afternoon thunder storms so you might want to take that into account when planning. I’ve been in lightning storms twice in the Sandias and they’re pretty scary. I love September/early October in the Sandias. The aspens are turning yellow, the weather is cool and you just might catch the ski lift open that goes to the top of the crest to look out over ABQ. Only $3 to ride.

Really fun hike. Spectacular views of you make it to the top. The last part of the hike is rocky and definitely took its toll on people. Still worth it though. Great view of the lake on your way up too.

2 days ago

Great hike for kids and dogs. Nice and shaded most of the way. The cave and the trickle falls are a nice little sit down spot for a water break.

This was a nice easy trail view at the end was great. We did have to make our way around a small lake from water run off and got caught in a rain/hail storm on our way out.

This was a fantastic hike and we highly recommend doing the loop. Don’t take the cut off stay the course and you will be rewarded with beautiful vistas. The map say 6 miles but it is really over 7 miles. Great hike.

Fun, short hike. A couple of short sections are somewhat difficult, but great views of the foothills, South Sandia Peak, and the city. Quite easy to get off trail due to number of trail intersections. Kind of made our own loop on way back.
Lots of pretty wild flowers after recent rains.

What a fun and scenic trail which is perfect for a day hike. I love the changes in terrain from alpine and aspens along the Bonito creek to grassland at the top of the Crest trail; them back to aspens and alpine on the Aspen trail. And who doesn't love a ridgeline hike? We got lost for a moment when we turned from Bonito Trail onto the Crest trail. The grass is so long on the climb up on the crest trail toward the White Horse Hill but the All Trails map kept us on track. So I suggest leaving the AllTrails app to verify on the map. Once we past the ridge to the other side there were views from miles. We only saw one other group while hiking and the dogs had plenty of fun running off leash. So far this is one of my favorite hikes near Ruidoso. I’ll definitely come back for a weekend backpacking trip as there are plenty of trails to make a big loop.

Super fun hike. My friend got elevation sickness towards the end. The rangers up at the public use cabin were very friendly and helpful. The cabin has a wood burning oven that's great for cooking and keeping warm overnight. Fire towers great for pics.

2 days ago

Beautiful views from the Pueblo site. Pottery shards throughout the site.

Beautiful trail...

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