Backpacking Nirvana in the Santa Fe National Forest

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It doesn’t take long for this trail to become a challenge and the climb starts.  In just the first half-mile, you’ll climb about 600 feet before the trail takes a nice descent into the gorgeous Pecos Wilderness.

At about four and a half miles into the trail you’ll come across Puerto Nambé, a level meadow area great for setting up camp or a stop for a quick bite to eat. From Puerto Nambé, Winsor Trail continues right toward Lake Katherine or veers left into Skyline Trail, which leads to Santa Fe Baldy.backpacking,backpacking,backpacking

If you choose to take the route up to Baldy, the easy-to-follow trail leads you straight up to the summit at 12,618 feet. Lake Katherine sits beneath Santa Fe Baldy and the views are incredible. You’ll absolutely want to set aside some time to soak in the 360-degree views while you have a little rest.

For the truly intrepid adventurer it is possible to climb down from the peak to Lake Katherine, as it is only a little over a mile between the two, but beware of some fairly tricky steep, exposed areas and no clear trail to follow.

The Sangre de Cristo mountain range are the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains.  (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe County)

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