Nambe Lake

by wil — Sep 22, 2012

A few weeks ago, my wife and I took a hike from the Santa Fe Ski Basin up to Nambe Lake. It’s a moderate hike until the last-third, which is quite vertical — hiking up alongside one of the headwater streams of the Rio Nambe to Nambe Lake.

Nambe Lake

A view from the trail: Santa Fe Baldy

It was our first time to make the hike, and we didn’t realize quite what we were getting ourselves into — it’s a six mile hike with an elevation gain of 1,150 ft. We had to push to make it to the lake and back in 3.5 hours, because we had a standing reservation at Ten Thousand Waves:

Even with the post-hike soak, our legs were sore for days afterward. I would make the hike again, but I’d set aside 4-5 hours for the hike plus extra for walking around and enjoying the small lake.

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