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“Where to go on the trail”
Review of Winsor Trail

Ranked #92 of 288 things to do in Santa Fe
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Owner description: Minutes from downtown Santa Fe, a world-class mountain biking and hiking trail with dramatic elevation gain.
Reviewed 20 January 2017

I've been over a lot of the trail. If you start trekking East by the Ski Area you will eventually come to a fence. Go right on a side trail and come to a picturesque canyon.
Instead you can continue on the trail going up and over the Sangre de Christos eventually coming out at Cowles, which makes a very long day trip, but worth it. If you follow it way in be careful to stay on the trail. After the first few miles people can get lost and try to get out the wrong way (serious).

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Reviewed 28 March 2016

An excellent trail system, that is somewhat less crowded than the Dale Ball and other trails closer to Santa Fe.

Our favorite thing to do on this trail (beside hike) is to go mushrooming for Porcini (boletes) and Chanterelles. In the late summer early fall, given adequate moisture, it is one of the best places in the West to for these.

2  Thank Elliot S
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

This is the trail to Lake Catherine and Stewart Lake...it is not an easy trail, but not too hard. Just unrelenting climb out of the valley.

1  Thank Zane A
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

Walked just the short distance from the Alpine Ski parking lot
to Big Tesuque campground, because we were a group of 12 or so,
and this enabled us to carpool. (Some in the group started at the
alpine Ski Basin parking lot.) This 3-mile section was well-maintained
and well-signed, with many beautiful wildflowers in mid-June. Mostly shady too.

2  Thank judithbeery
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

The part of the Winsor trail system most people are familiar with "starts" at the Santa Fe ski area parking lot and runs up into the Pecos Wilderness. Actually you can follow the same trail downhill all the way to Tesuque if you like, and this is a popular route for mountain bikers and day hikers. This part of the trail merges at times with the Bear Wallows and Borrego trail, and you can hit the Chamisa trail too - all of these will take you back to Hyde Park road. This part of the hike is a moderately difficult walk along a creek. I think it's about 9 miles one way if you go all the way down.

If you go uphill from the parking area towards Pecos, the first part is brutal. Very steep switchbacks, though wide enough that passing people isn't a problem. Once you get past the first mile or so it is very pleasant. You can hang a right at the edge of the wilderness to climb Lake Peak (about another 2 hours), or venture into the Wilderness to see a variety of meadows, streams and lakes, depending on how long you want to walk. The elevation here will be difficult for some out-of-towners. Go a little slower than you feel necessary and drink a little more water, and don't feel bad for taking breaks every 10 minutes or so during the big climbs.

Backpacking is allowed and I would highly recommend it. There is a huge, beautiful flat area (meadow with some interspersed trees) about 5-6 miles up from the parking lot, and if you use that as a base camp you can make numerous 3-4 hour hikes to lakes and the various peaks around the meadow. You can also take the Winsor for another 20-30 miles through the mountains and end up in Pecos proper.

This trail is best used from late April to early October. You may still see snow early in the year. Thunderstorms are common enough that you should be aware of them in the early afternoons June-August. There is a bathroom at the parking lot but there are no facilities anywhere else along the trail.

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