Chamisa Trail Loop via Saddleback and Windsor
ElevationAscent: 1,908' 582 m
Descent: -1,897' -578 m
High: 8,531' 2,600 m
Low: 7,259' 2,213 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A good mid-distance loop with some elevation gain and not too many people, especially in the middle portion.”— Eric Moffat
It climbs gradually before dropping down a steep, rocky, and rutted trail that leads to the Windsor cutoff junctions. The further descent to the Windsor Trail is pretty mellow with occasional creek bed crossings. The Windsor Trail is lovely, sometimes running high above the Tesuque Creek, sometimes right alongside, with plenty of crossings both of the bridged and more adventurous variety.
The canyon is often narrow and very shaded with plenty of pines as well as cottonwoods, willows, and other deciduous trees, in the spring providing a green canopy above and in the fall blanketing the path a gorgeous yellow. The ascent back up the Chamisa Trail from the Windsor is mellow at first, but constant, and then becomes quite steep. The run back down to the parking lot is a welcome respite.
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