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Nambe Lake Out and Back

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 4.4 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

High, cool, shaded run to an alpine lake.


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6.1

Miles

9.8

KM

75%

Runnable

11,310' 3,447 m

High

10,301' 3,140 m

Low

1,716' 523 m

Up

1,715' 523 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

With dense forests, a beautiful creek, and a high alpine lake, this is a great escape on a hot day in Santa Fe.

Description

Start on the Winsor National Recreation Trail going north (right) from the ski area parking lot. It starts off with a significant hill, but only lasts a half mile. Pass into the wilderness boundary and enjoy a leisurely downhill until mile 2. Take the well-signed right turn up the Nambe Lake Trail.

This trail is very steep, but mitigated by the amazing creek you're next to almost the entire time. Take your time - it's only a mile, but with 1,000' of vertical at high altitude, it's something of a change after the easier trail you're coming from!

Enjoy the lake, take care not to trample the delicate grasses and shoreline, and return the way you came.

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Nick Wilder

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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in Ski Santa Fe

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in New Mexico

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Zooming through the falling raindrops and leaves.
Oct 5, 2015 near Nambe, NM
On the way to Nambe Lake
Jun 24, 2020 near Santa Fe, NM
Follow the yellow brick road.
Oct 5, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
Happy little falls on the way to Nambe Lake.
Oct 5, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
Happy aspens and the dogs, or happy dogs and the aspens.
Oct 5, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
Part way to the lake
Jul 28, 2021 near Santa Fe, NM

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