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hiking
15 hours ago

So, the upper Rio en Medio and upper Windsor trail portions of this hike are fantastic. The lower Windsor trail portion of the hike is beautiful, but heavily trafficked by mountain bikers - not really an problem, but it's good to be aware of the fact.

The 1/3 of this hike that's on CR 102 is basically what it sounds like - walking up a narrow dirt road that you have to share with vehicles heading to and from campsites. It's not horrible, but it's not really any fun, either. I'd personally rather just do an out and back further on the Windsor or explore the entire upper/lower Rio en Medio if time permits.

FWIW, the Windsor leg is very well maintained and well marked. It's an easy stroll. The upper Rio en Medio portion is much more difficult, with several sloped areas full of loose rock. Totally doable, even for people in less than tip-top shape, but worth knowing about ahead of time. It wouldn't be a bad idea to pack a splint or ace bandage and some band aids just in case.

hiking
18 hours ago

This is a great trail! Easy to follow and has some beautiful views!

backpacking
21 hours ago

This is a top notch trail for the Pecos Wilderness. Wildflower displays are impeccable. There is a large stand of Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine at Pecos Baldy Lake that is unique. The trail is terrific for wildlife viewing as there are lots of deer in the area, and the jewel in the crown is that there are many Bighorn Sheep in the area. We saw a herd of 30+ when we were there. You may see some Pika and Marmot in the rocky spots too. Excellent day hikes from the lake up East Pecos Baldy and Trailrider's Wall too. I would say that this is one of my favorite hikes in the area. I highly recommend it.

hiking
21 hours ago

Nice trail to hike for something different. There are not many caves in the area. There are fish in the creek. Watch out for a bit of poison ivy along the trail. Leaves of three...let it be.

backpacking
22 hours ago

One of the few trails that open early in the Pecos Wilderness due to the southern exposure on Winsor Ridge. Beautiful aspen stands and some Gambel's oak for fall colors, and I've seen coyotes, deer, elk, and grouse, so it's a great trail for wildlife viewing. I've also heard turkey's in the trees. Stewart lake is beautiful, but not many places to camp because of the F.S. regulation of not being able to camp in the lake basin.

This trail has great views, but it is just typical deep woods hiking. It has no special features and tends to drag on.

hiking
23 hours ago

Did Nambe Lake with my husband and dog on Sunday 8/13. Started around 10:30 AM. The hike is a little over 3 miles each way. The first mile is fairly steep but not too rocky. The second mile gets a little rockier but is mostly level/downhill. At a little over 2 miles, the trail splits; stay to the right for Nambe Lake and left to continue to Lake Katherine. The last mile is rather difficult, as it is rocky and steep. The trail gets a bit hard to follow. The lake is small but very pretty. There are a few nice places to have lunch. Unfortunately, some people were not following the signs (and common sense guidelines) not to camp within 200 feet of the lake. There are a few river crossings, but they weren't challenging. It took us about 1:40 to get to the lake and 1:30 to come back. The unfortunate thing about this trail is that it is heavily traveled. On the way back to the car, we had to stop many times for large groups, and some slower groups in front of us refused to let us pass. There is plenty of parking in a large lot across the road from the trailhead. I don't think I'll do this trail again. If I do, I'll start earlier to avoid some of the crowds. Overall, I would rate it as more moderate than hard.

hiking
23 hours ago

Didn't do the whole loop- just up to the top of the canyon and back. Small scramble but other than that- would call this a relatively easy hike. Beautiful views, great photo ops. Moderate to sometimes heavy traffic.

Provided that this is the Box Canyon accessed by hiking at The Ghost Ranch!

Walked it today. No signs of dogs or poop. Very pleasant hike with a low difficulty and nice views. Paths are very well marked.

hiking
1 day ago

This is a fun trail that's easy to get to and provides a good workout for 60 year old plus folks like us.
Don't expect published maps to look like the trail. The member shared tracks are much more helpful.

Beautiful. Quiet. A lovely escape