Nambe Lake via Winsor Trail

3 reviews #50 hike out of 119 in
6.9 mi
Distance
3 hrs 24 min
Time
terrain
1,115 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult out-and-back trail to Nambe Lake in Santa Fe National Forest.

This trail goes by Aspen Peak and Aspen Basin Campground.

Getting Started

Start at the Winsor Trail (#254) trailhead on the North side of the parking loop for the Santa Fe ski area. Follow the Winsor trail about two miles. When you get to Nambe Creek (it's an unmistakable creek that crosses the trail) turn uphill and follow the creek to Nambe Lake.

Taking Children

There are two steep climbs: the first mile until you get to the wilderness area gate, and the last mile as you follow the creek to the lake. The terrain isn't difficult or dangerous, but the steep grade isn't for the out-of-shape or inexperienced. Active kids with hiking experience will have a great time. Anyone lacking endurance won't.


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    3 months, 1 week ago
    I always enjoy the lake. It is a beautiful setting at the base of Lake Peak. The hike is strenuous but not that long so well worth the effort.
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    1 year, 9 months ago
    I hiked this trail with a group of teenage boys from church last night. There is about 3 feet of snow. Winsor trail is really easy to hike because all of the traffic keeps the snow packed nicely. (Not icy at all.) After the turnoff to the Nambe Lake trail, though, we were walking through a foot of untouched snow. The depth of the snow combined with the steep grade was too much for some in our group. About a half mile from the lake, we backtracked to the clearing just above where the Nambe Creek meets the Winsor trail to camp for the night. Gorgeous hike and perfect winter conditions right now. We all had a great time.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
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