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Nambe Lake Trail No. 100

Contact Info
Santa Fe National Forest
1710 N. Riverside Drive
Española, NM 87532

Phone:
505-753-7331
Basics
Length:
1 mile
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10500 feet
Elevation Range:
10500 feet to 11800 feet
Elevation Change:
1300 feet
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Spring to Fall

Description

The Nambe Lake Trail leaves the Winsor Trail about two miles from the Pecos Wilderness boundary. The trail climbs 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 parrallel 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 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. There is a large rock scree slope just above the lake, and if it has been a wet winter you may see the actual source of the Rio Nambe flowing out of the scree and into the lake.

Tour Companies

  • Santa Fe Area
  • Snowshoeing, Hiking
  • 505-660-0394

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing From alpine to desert, Outspire guides enrich your experience by giving context to your hike. So that your destination is not only what you see, but a sense of where the area fits in New Mexico's history, geology and natural world. Our hiking guides are experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated to share the joy of being outside! Day hikes and winter snowshoe outings are planned to suit your interests and fitness.

Details

Length:
1 mile
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
1 - 2 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
10500
Elevation Range:
10500 feet to 11800
Elevation Change:
1300
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Spring to Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Aspen Basin, Pecos Wilderness Map
Additional Details:

This is the closest alpine lake to Santa Fe, and as such receives a lot of visitors.

The trip is challenging due to extremely steep sections of trail.

There is no camping or campfires within 200 feet of the lake, or any of the lakes in the Pecos Wilderness. Since the terrain in the area does not offer any legal campsites, Nambe Lake remains a day trip.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

The Nambe Lake Trail 400 is reached from the Winsor Trail 254. Take NM 475 to the trailhead at the parking lot for Ski Santa Fe, and follow the Winsor Trail 254 to the junction with Nambe Lake Trail 400.


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