Backpacker Magazine Albuquerque: Spirit Lake 

This 11.4-mile out-and-back tours deep forests and a high saddle filled with wildflowers. Pack lunch and a good book to take full advantage of Spirit's scenic shoreline.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 15 Mar 2007 2:31:03 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: New Mexico (NM)
Distance: 5.72 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2379 ft
Total Loss: 1824 ft
Net Change: 555 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
Tags: Albuquerque, New Mexico, Pecos Wilderness, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe, Santa Fe National Forest
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: I-25 N to St. Francis Dr. exit. Turn L onto St. Francis Dr., then R onto Paseo de Peralta. Follow to Bishop Lodge Rd. Turn L, then R @ Artist Rd. (NM 475). Park @ Santa Fe Ski Area.

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Distance: 5.72 mi Points: 542
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Spirit Lake

Points of Interest


Location: 35.795898, -105.804649
Windsor trailhead; turn R onto Windsor Trail (Trail No. 254)


Location: 35.796116, -105.804565
Stay R, climbing switchbacks


Location: 35.807732, -105.799637
Continue straight @ jct. with Trail No. 403


Location: 35.809132, -105.785149
Veer L @ Y, trails spider off in all directions, so pick a direct route to the gurgling sounds of the Rio Nambe, the cross stream to rejoin trail


Location: 35.812683, -105.781319
Continue straight @ T


Location: 35.813366, -105.777931
Trail busts out of fir and aspen understory to a stunning view of Santa Fe Baldy


Location: 35.812065, -105.765182
Cross stream, staying on the Windsor Trail


Location: 35.813465, -105.764069
Campsites on L; continue on gentle switchbacks to Puerto Nambe


Location: 35.813568, -105.760384
Trail enters the broad meadows of Puerto Nambe; veer R @ Y


Location: 35.810902, -105.754250
Veer L @ jct. then descend around the S toe of Santa Fe Baldy


Location: 35.817818, -105.739769
Good lunch and siesta spot @ Spirit Lake; return to trailhead


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