Backpacker Magazine Albuquerque: Nambe Lake 

This 6-mile out-and-back adventure serves up mountain forests, a peaceful creek, and an unbeatable lunch spot on the banks of a small alpine lake.

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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 19 Aug 2005 5:35:31 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: New Mexico (NM)
Distance: 3.03 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 2002 ft
Total Loss: 880 ft
Net Change: 1123 ft
Difficulty: 6 / 10
Tags: Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe, Santa Fe National Forest
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

TO TRAILHEAD: From Santa Fe, follow NM 475 N to Santa Fe Ski Area. Park in lower lot on L.

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Distance: 3.03 mi Points: 474
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Nambe Lake Trail

Points of Interest


Location: 35.795898, -105.804649
Trailhead: Hang R near privy into a majestic spruce forest


Location: 35.796116, -105.804565
Veer R; climb switchbacks Advisory: Forest Service asks hikers not to bushwhack or cut switchbacks through fragile vegetation ahead


Location: 35.801006, -105.801422
Hike over wooded col between Aspen Peak and a nameless 11,212-foot summit


Location: 35.807732, -105.799629
Straight @ 3-way


Location: 35.808910, -105.795265
Cross into Pecos Wilderness; head E under aspen and spruce


Location: 35.810013, -105.791779
Short descent; listen for the swift flow of the Rio Nambe


Location: 35.809132, -105.785149
Keep R, hugging the creekbed


Location: 35.805038, -105.785927
Roughly follow the drainage on a faint trail, crossing creek several times


Location: 35.802155, -105.780144
Pass through a quiet alpine meadow before the final push


Location: 35.800919, -105.776901
Knockout view: Lake Peak's rocky base shines in the sparkling blue (but fishless) waters of Nambe Lake. Retrace your steps back to trailhead


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