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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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.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.2

Waypoints

SLT001

Location: 35.7958984375, -105.804649353027

Windsor trailhead; turn R onto Windsor Trail (Trail No. 254)

SLT002

Location: 35.7961158752441, -105.804565429688

Stay R, climbing switchbacks

SLT003

Location: 35.807731628418, -105.79963684082

Continue straight @ jct. with Trail No. 403

SLT004

Location: 35.8091316223144, -105.785148620605

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

SLT005

Location: 35.8126831054688, -105.781318664551

Continue straight @ T

SLT006

Location: 35.8133659362793, -105.777931213379

Trail busts out of fir and aspen understory to a stunning view of Santa Fe Baldy

SLT007

Location: 35.8120651245117, -105.765182495117

Cross stream, staying on the Windsor Trail

SLT008

Location: 35.8134651184082, -105.764068603516

Campsites on L; continue on gentle switchbacks to Puerto Nambe

SLT009

Location: 35.8135681152344, -105.760383605957

Trail enters the broad meadows of Puerto Nambe; veer R @ Y

SLT010

Location: 35.8109016418457, -105.754249572754

Veer L @ jct. then descend around the S toe of Santa Fe Baldy

SLT011

Location: 35.8178176879883, -105.739768981934

Good lunch and siesta spot @ Spirit Lake; return to trailhead