This trip takes us high into the Pecos Wilderness to Nambe Lake. We start out on the Winsor Trail. After you cross the small bridge over the Rio en Medio, the Winsor Trail branches left and downhill to Tesuque, or right and uphill toward the Pecos Wilderness. Take the right branch and follow the trail uphill as it begins a steady climb, switchbacking in about a half mile to the Pecos Wilderness boundary at a wooden fence with a walk-through gate. This section is rather steep, and many people get discouraged here; don't be, as the trail grade will soon level out. Follow through the gate, and continue on the well-worn trail as it winds through a mixed conifer forest of spruce, fir and aspen.
Keep following the Winsor Trail, and in another mile you will meet the junction with the Nambe Lake Trail 400 to the south. This trail climbs very steeply up the canyon, following a major fork of the Rio Nambe. There are numerous trails and paths in the area, and often there are parallel trails on both sides of the stream. This can make it difficult for the hiker who wonders which is the correct trail. Since the stream flows from Nambe Lake, as long as you are hiking up the river you are headed in the right direction. Continue up the steep and braided path and eventually, after a couple of boggy meadows you will reach the shallow lake sitting in a high alpine cirque below Lake Peak and Deception Peak. After getting into camp, there are several options for day hikes. This is the closest alpine lake to Santa Fe and, as such, receives a lot of visitors. However, it is challenging due to some extremely steep sections of trail.
Because we're doing this trip so early in the season, there is a very good chance we'll hike through some snow, so be prepared with waterproof boots, and possibly gaiters and light ice cleats/yak trax.
This trip will open up for RSVP's on April 1.
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.
The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is April 20.
Trip Dates: May 4 (Saturday morning) thru May 5(Sunday hike out)
Drive Time to Trailhead: 1 hr 30 min from ABQ
We will all meet at the trailhead and start hiking by 10:00 am.
Directions to Trailhead: From Santa Fe take St Francis Drive north to Paseo De Peralta and turn right (Paseo De Peralta is the next main intersection after St Francis crosses Cerrillos Rd). Continue down Paseo De Peralta and in about 1/2 mile after crossing over East Alameda St, turn right onto Washington Ave. In .10 mile turn right onto Artist Rd/SR 475. You are now heading towards the Santa Fe Ski Area. In about 14 miles you will arrive at the Ski Area. Park in the lower or western side of the parking lot. The trailhead is just north of the toilet building, at a large informational kiosk.
Trip Rating: Moderate to Difficult (first 2 miles are Moderate, last mile is Difficult)
Trail Length: 3 miles one way, 6 miles round trip (plus options for day hikes)
Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft Elevation Range: 10,500 ft to 11,800 ft
Expected Temps: Highs in the mid 50s to upper 60s, lows in the mid 30's to mid 40's.
Well behaved dogs are welcome, but area rules require a leash.
Contact Jon for more info or questions