Santa Fe: Santa Fe Baldy

Knock off two Santa Fe must-dos--Lake Katherine, the most beautiful lake in NM, and illustrious Santa Fe Baldy—in one long day on this strenuous 15.4-mile out-and-back.
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Knock off two Santa Fe must-dos--Lake Katherine, the most beautiful lake in NM, and illustrious Santa Fe Baldy—in one long day on this strenuous 15.4-mile out-and-back.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.9

Waypoints

SFB001

Location: 35.7958984375, -105.804649353027

Turn R onto Windsor Trail (No. 254); keep right @ switchbacks

SFB003

Location: 35.8091316223144, -105.785148620605

Veer L @ poorly marked Y, heading to the banks of the Rio Nambe

SFB004

Location: 35.8126831054688, -105.781318664551

Continue straight @ T

SFB005

Location: 35.8133659362793, -105.777931213379

Catch a glimpse of Santa Fe Baldy

SFB006

Location: 35.8120651245117, -105.765182495117

Cross creek, staying on the Windsor Trail

SFB007

Location: 35.8134651184082, -105.764068603516

Gentle switchbacks to the grassy meadows of Puerto Nambe

SFB008

Location: 35.8135681152344, -105.760383605957

Veer L onto Skyline Trail (No. 251), climbing steeply to the shoulder of Santa Fe Baldy

SFB002

Location: 35.807731628418, -105.79963684082

Continue straight

SFB009

Location: 35.8250541687012, -105.753196716309

Climb the ridgeline W to peak; watch for gathering thunderstorms

SFB010

Location: 35.8323822021484, -105.758140563965

Santa Fe Baldy summit (12,622 ft.); return to Skyline Trail; turn L; descend steep switchbacks to glacial lake

SFB011

Location: 35.8329620361328, -105.751724243164

Sharp cliffs jet up from the banks of Lake Katherine; return to car