Deception, Lake, Penitente Peaks and Santa Fe Baldy

  • July 17, 2013 · 6:00 AM

  • Physical Level: Difficult
  • Technical Level: Moderate
  • Distance Option: 1: 3-peak loop 11 miles
  • Distance Option 2: 3-peak loop with Santa Fe Baldy 15 miles
  • Time Estimate: 9-12 hours
  • Return to ABQ: 6PM - 8PM
  • Terrain: trail, road, scrambling, some exposure, rough areas, very steep at times, off trail and all at elevations well over 10,000 feet for the entire hike.
  • Elevations:
    Ski Basin Parking lot: 10,250 (3124 m)
    Deception Peak: 12,320 (3755 m)
    Lake Peak: 12,409 (3782 m)
    Penitente: 12,249 (3733 m)
    Santa Fe Baldy 12,631 (3,850 m)
  • NOTES: If more than 4 people sign up we will need a second person to drive.  All passengers will contribute for gasoline.  Depending on available daylight, conditions in the field we may not summit Santa Fe Baldy.  Lightning is not our friend!

Hike in a nutshell:

  • Assemble in Target parking lot at the intersection of I25 and Paseo del Norte.  I will arrive at or before 5:55 and park along the Paseo del Norte edge of the parking lot in front of Target.  I drive a blue Ford Escape Hybrid with an eight ball on the antenna.
  • Drive to the Santa Fe Ski Basin parking lot
  • Hike up the Windsor Trail to the Wooden fence and then go right up to Raven's Ridge and onto Deception Peak: 12,320 ft
  • Continue on to Lake Peak: 12,409 ft
  • Continue on to Penitente Peak: 12,249
  • Make our way towards the Windsor Trail in the vicinity of Santa Fe Baldy: 12,631.
  • At this point we will either take trails to Baldy or take an off trail short cut.
  • Summit Santa Fe Baldy and return to the Ski Basin via the Windsor Trail

More Detail:

If your idea of a good hike is slow and sustained over outrageous peaks and through sublime forest this hike may be for you.  I don't hike fast these days but I have the strength and endurance to complete this hike.  There will be time for photo ops but we will be in motion for most of the hike.

You must be fit enough for hike of this distance and at the altitude we will be hiking at.  The first push will be an elevation gain of 2000+ feet.  There are several great places to stop along the way, catch our breath and take in the views.

Bring food and hydration for a full day.  Did I say hydration for a full day, if I didn't let me say that I don't think a gallon of water would be too much.  It might be just right.  More might be better.

Keep in mind weather systems move in quickly.  The threat of thunder and lighting is real. No matter how close to the summit of Santa Fe Baldy or any of the summits, we will retreat and not risk injury.

Rain gear would be a plus.

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  • Aaron G.

    Great weather for hiking. Mike is great company. We had a slow to moderate pace that got us there and back with aplenty of time to enjoy the environment. We hit our turn around time at Lake Peak. Went exploring on the way back and found an interesting route back to the parking lot. We went through the woods to the one of the ski slopes, then down a ways to a dirt road that wound down the mountain through the forest for 3-4 miles

    July 22, 2013

  • Mike

    Great hike! Awesome views from Deception & Lake Peaks. Thanks, Aaron, for showing me the way up the rocks. Be sure to post some pics!

    July 18, 2013

  • Bernard T.

    I am afraid I just can't do a day-long hike tomorrow.

    July 16, 2013

  • John U.

    Hope you do some more of these alpine hikes, but can't go this week.

    July 16, 2013

  • Mike

    I have to be back in ABQ by ~6pm. Don't think I have time to get to Baldy, too.

    July 15, 2013

    • Aaron G.

      We can cut Baldy out this time. The loop route is 7-8 hours, which means we need to be on the trail by 8AM

      July 15, 2013

  • Bernard T.

    Aaron: I may not be able to go unless we are back by 4:00 PM. I need to get ready to drive to Albuquerque to attend the New Mexico Mountain Club meeting.

    July 15, 2013

    • Aaron G.

      I'd like to do Santa Fe Baldy too, monsoon permitting. My speed is not what it used to be but you could hike along to the intersection with the Windsor after doing the 3 peaks (or retreat) then head back and I'll go on by myself. That would work.

      July 15, 2013

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