Nambe Lake

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87592

Nambe Lake

Nambe Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Nambe Lake is a crystal-clear gem tucked in a glacial valley between Lake Peak and Santa Fe Baldy. It lies barely a half mile from the lifts at the Santa Fe Ski Area, but the rock bowl that holds the lake is like another world. That such spectacular scenery can be found so close to Santa Fe surprises more than a few hikers who venture up the mountain to gaze into the waters."

Nambe Lake Trip Reports

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7/21/2018
The beautiful lake is worth the steep climbs and it is refreshingly cold. The pretty stream flowing alongside the trail is a sweet bonus.
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6/8/2015
I just finished a day trip Nambe Lake. Its really not a difficult hike to the trail head of the trail to the lake. It starts getting steep and the going is a little slow. I lost the trail due to snow that coverit it. I started up the right side and was following animal trails and it was very steep maybe 45 degrees. I ended up turning around probablly just short of the lake but it was getting to steep for an overweight 62 year old with bad knees..
I will go again when there is less snow. also you have to cross the river a few times. I was not aware of that. great day trip took about 5 hours.
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8/13/2008
The wife and I did this 8 mile hike about 12 miles outside Santa Fe. While it is rated moderate, if you are a low lander, take note of the altitude as this will make the hike more difficult. The last 3.25 miles are constant ascent, though not oppressive at any single point. Beutiful, shaded and well maintained trails. Although there are no blazes, the directions from the guidebook were clear. You won't believe you're in New Mexico--it's more like an alpine forest.
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7/5/2006
A nice hike through the forest with a couple of nice vista opportunities and a wonderful babbling stream. Almost everyone else was hiking the Santa Fe Baldy Summit trail. Not me - *GRIN*. It was a rainy week with lots of thunderstorms, and I knew I would be soaking wet at some point during the hike.

I thought it was beautiful. And saw only two other hikers who were leaving right as we were getting there. The forest seemed thicker on this trail than others I have done in the area, and I had my dog with me, so I was a little concerned about BEARS. It really does look "beary" in this area.

Had lunch on a log down by the creek. The log has an incredible face carved in it. On the way back, the storm began, and I was soaked by the time I got back to the car. Soaked and blissfully happy.

All in all I enjoyed this hike a lot. There were lots of trail intersections, and it was interesting to see some familiar names in an unfamiliar place. And it's a good place to hike with semi-fit people because the tral is never evry steep.
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Trail Information

Santa Fe
Nearby City
6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
mid-June to mid-October
Season
USGS Aspen Basin; USFS Pecos Wilderness
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