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.
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
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.