Stewart Lake

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504

Stewart Lake

Stewart Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The ramble to Stewart Lake is an exhilarating trip along canyons and ridges of the main crest of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The destination is a high lake held gingerly in the cupped hands of the surrounding forest. The trail leading to this picturesque spot offers one of the gentlest climbs to a glacial lake in the range."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Laurence Parent
"A day hike or overnight trip to a beautiful natural lake in the Pecos Wilderness. Stewart Lake is a beautiful small lake created by glaciers during recent ice ages. A small earthen dam enlarges the natural lake somewhat. Stewart Lake is surrounded by heavy forest. Although the lake requires moderate effort to reach, it is one of the easiest alpine lakes to hike to in the Pecos Wilderness. Thus it is a popular hike, especially on summer weekends. The trail starts across the road from the Cowles parking area. It climbs up the hill above the bathroom a short distance to Trail 271. To the right, Trail 271 goes to Panchuela Trailhead. Go left and start the long steady climb to the west. The trail slowly climbs higher with few switchbacks."

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7/14/2018
This is a beautiful, not too strenuous backpacking trip (or long day hike). There were a few fallen trees and a mild gradual incline the entire way. Stewart Lake is beautiful and worth the effort. The aspens are so pretty and I've also seen some nice wildlife here: deer, elk, grouse!
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9/7/2009
I hiked to this lake via Holy Ghost Creek Trail. Reached the lake in under three hours and it was beautiful. See photo.
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6/14/2009
Backpacked this trail with my girlfriend. Was her first backpacking trip. This was an easy trail. Took us a long time because it was her first trip. However this is a great trail with lots of wildflowers along the trail, amazing aspen groves, deer, and plenty of stream crossings! the lake is also amazing great view of santa fe baldy, and subpeaks. Take fishing gear plenty of trout in the lake and stream that flows into the lake and out of the lake
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6/15/2008
I have day hiked and backpacked this trail a few times. The hike up to the lake is kind of long and pretty tiring but there are many excellent views along the way. The hike travels through a very pretty forest with lots of wildlife. In fact my last trip I saw numerous deer and a bear! The fishing at the lake seems to be hit or miss but if you can pull a trout out it's delicious!
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5/8/2006
Great trail. Nice, open woods and easy to follow.
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Trail Information

Santa Fe
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
13
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
mid-June to early October
Season
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Views
Features
USGS Cowles; USFS Pecos Wilderness
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