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Winsor Ridge Trail No. 171 - Part 1

Contact Info
Pecos, NM 87552

Phone:
505-757-6121
Basics
Length:
6 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8300 feet
Elevation Range:
8300 feet to 10200 feet
Elevation Change:
1900 feet
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round

Description

Park at the Cowles parking area just before the bridge oer the Pecos River. The trailhead is located at the information board on the hillside to the west of the parking area. Follow the trail through the meadow and across the road to Panchuela. The trail climbs steeply and then splits at a signed junction. The trail to the north (right) goes to Panchuela. The trail to the west (straight) is the Winsor Ridge Trail which continues along the north slope of the ridge above Winsor Creek and the Winsor Creek Road. The trail remains on the south face of the hillside. Open meadows alternate with scrub oak, aspens, and conifers as the trail climbs steadily for miles up the ridge. The trail levels off and then drops down through forest to the intersection with Skyline Trail 251. Turn south along the Skyline Trail for about a quarter mile to reach Stewart Lake. The main lake basin is located just west of the small swampy lake which can be seen to the northwest of the trail. A secondary trail leads to the actual lake, a short distance away. The lake is not visible from the main trail.

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:
6 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
4 - 5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
8300
Elevation Range:
8300 feet to 10200
Elevation Change:
1900
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Cowles
Additional Details:

This trail is in the Pecos Wilderness. Motorized equipment and mechanized transportation, including mountain bikes, hunter carts, and chainsaws are prohibited.

Camp at least 200 feet from all lakes. Use existing campsites and pack out all trash.

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