This trip is featured in the May 2012 issue of Backpacker magazine on page 13. We will follow Trail #19 to Serpent Lake, but instead of turning right (north) at the sign post to drop down into the basin for Serpent Lake, we turn left (south) to drop down into the basin for Horseshoe Lake. The lake is about 2.5 miles from the sign post. Since the trail is not maintained, we will use a GPS to aid in route finding along lost parts of the trail. You can download a pdf file of the trip description by hovering your mouse cursor over “More” on the Meetup page tool bar and selecting “Files”. A GPS file with a track and waypoints for this hike can be found in the "Files" section as well (Right click on the link and save the file to your computer). The file extension may want to save as .xml so change it to .gpx).
Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release form on file with us. This waiver covers all trips and activities so you only need to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form it can be downloaded from our "Files" section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.
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The deadline for changing a "YES" RSVP to a "NO" RSVP is September 13, 2013.
Trip Dates: September 27 (Friday evening) thru September 29 (Sunday hike out)
Drive Time to Trailhead/Camp Area on Friday Night: 2.5 hours from ABQ
Camp Area Location: Near the end of Forest Road 161
Directions to Camp Area/Trailhead: Take I-25 north to Santa Fe, then US 84/285 (St Francis Exit) out of Santa Fe north into Espanola. In Espanola you will continue "straight" through town which puts you on SR 68. Continue on SR 68 approx. 22 miles and turn right onto SR 75. Go approx. 17 miles and you will come to Penasco and the junction with SR 518 where you will stay right (basically continuing straight) and continue down SR 518. Continue approx 24 miles on SR 518 and you will go through the small town of Angostura. Approx. 2 miles after Angostura look for Forest Rd 161 where you will turn right. Continue down Forest Rd 161 for 4.5 miles and you will come to the end of the road at a large parking area. We will camp about 40 yards beyond the gate at the trailhead. Cross the small creek and on the right you will see places to set up our tents. This Forest Rd is gravel so a passenger car can easily make it.
Trip Rating: Moderate (day hike could be difficult with elevation gain)
Trail Length: 6 miles Saturday, 6 miles Sunday (12 miles total)
Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft Elevation: 11,750 ft (at lake)
Expected Temps: Highs 70's, lows in upper 40's to 50's
Link to Horseshoe Lake Weather Forecast
Contact Bob F with any questions