Overnight Backpack to Spirit Lake (Pecos Wilderness)

  • September 1, 2013 · 10:00 AM



We will backpack on Winsor Trail 254 to quaint Spirit Lake for a peaceful night under the stars.  Upon arrival, we will set up camp and consider making an excursion to Lake Katherine before diner.

Trip Dates: September 1 (Sunday morning) thru September 2 (Monday hike out).

Trailhead Location: Winsor Trail 254 at the Santa Fe Ski Area

Directions to Trailhead: Getting to the Santa Fe Ski Area From the Albuquerque

• Take Interstate 25 North to Santa Fe.

• Take the St. Francis Drive Santa Fe exit, veering left to St. Francis Drive northbound.

• Take St. Francis Drive to its second intersection with Paseo de Peralta (see map) and turn right onto Paseo de Peralta.

• Follow Paseo de Peralta to Bishop Lodge Road and turn left onto Bishop Lodge Road.

• Then turn right at Artist Road (which becomes Hyde Park Road and follow to the top of the mountain.

Drive Time to Trailhead: About 1.5 hrs. from ABQ

Trip Rating: Strenuous

Trail Length: 5.4 miles to lake from Santa Fe Ski Area

Elevation Gain: 2600 ft to lake from Santa Fe Ski Area

Elevation Range: Between 10,250 ft and 11,050 ft

Expected Temps: Highs 60's, lows in upper 30's to 40's

Link to Spirit Lake Weather Forecast

Dogs Allowed

Contact Eric Krosche with any questions

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed Waiver & Release Form on file with us.  This covers all trips and activities so you only have to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form, it can be downloaded from our "Pages" section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.

If you RSVP “Yes” for this trip please plan on attending.  Please read our "RSVP" Policy located in our "About" section.

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  • Chris R

    Very nice backpack. Nice people and nice conversation with all. I look forward to our next outing!

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Nice pictures! Thank you.

      September 3, 2013

  • Eric K.

    Spirit Lake is a lovely place to camp. Napping during the afternoon rain shower was soothing. Thanks everyone!

    September 2, 2013

  • Paula

    This was a wonderful trip. Thank you, Eric, for getting us there. Thank you to everyone else (and Eric too) for such good company.

    1 · September 2, 2013

  • Paula

    Is there anyone who would like to carpool from Albuquerque? I can drive or ride.

    August 29, 2013

    • Eric K.

      You can ride with me. My son and his girl friend will be along too. Come by at 7:45 am.

      August 30, 2013

    • Paula

      Thank you. Can you email me your address?

      August 31, 2013

  • Alan S.

    Hi Eric,
    Can you make a guess to the time you will be at the Santa Fe Ski Basin TH?

    August 30, 2013

  • Alan S.

    See you all there!

    August 31, 2013

  • Eric M.

    I'm assuming (not wise I know) that this is a rain or shine event.

    August 30, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Rain or shine, the mail must go through!

      1 · August 30, 2013

  • Keven

    Would be great to be with the group again, been WAY too long. But have an obligation Sun PM. Have fun.

    August 26, 2013

  • Eric M.

    Image is Nambe Lake, No?

    August 26, 2013

    • Eric K.

      It would seem so! I got it off the internet. It must have been mislabeled by the poster. I am going to Spirit lake because I have never been there, so I will take my own pictures.

      1 · August 26, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Photo has been updated with a more likely choice.

      1 · August 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Itching to go! Just need to work out some logistics. Hopefully there will still be spots left when I do... :)

    August 21, 2013

    • Eric K.

      The RSVP is full, but I will open a spot for you if you decide to go.

      August 23, 2013

  • Alan S.

    I'll meet the group at the Winsor TH at the SF Ski Basin parking lot.

    August 22, 2013

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