Special event: now that we know the Eastside Winsor trails well, I'm ready to make a real push for Lake Katherine. Jacks Creek Campground via Beatty's Trail and Jack's Creek Trail. No permits required. The Winsor National Recreational trail is 22.8 miles long. This trail goes by Aspen Peak. Designated trailhead with access to trails into Mount Zirkel Wilderness. The 10.1-mile trail is a bit on the difficult side with a 3,471 ft. climb, especially for inexperienced backpackers, but the views of Lake Katherine … It begins at end of County Road 72A in Tesuque-d-6 and ends at Winsor Creek Campground. It was early on a Monday morning, and my son Nate did't want to get up and go. Add to Calendar Add to Timely Calendar Add to Google Add to Outlook Add to Apple Calendar Add to other calendar Export to XML When: July 28, 2018 @ 9:00 am – July 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm 2018-07-28T09:00:00-06:00. Throughout most of this section the trail is relatively flat between the Winsor and the Lake Johnson Junction. This is a moderate one way trail to Stewart Lake in Santa Fe National Forest. Calendar. I lucked out with the weather. 2018-07-29T15:00:00-06:00. Trail Condition: Excellent July 2017 The Lake Katherine Trail is a short trail that follows the outlet stream from Lake Katherine downstream on the north side and ends at … DIFFICULT 6.5 mi. Distance from Espanola to Windsor city in Canada. 6. After a descent with several switchbacks you'll find a junction with the Winsor Trail #254. Panchuela Campground Loop via Cave Creek Trail. Stewart Lake via and Winsor Trail. This meant boulder hopping. Prep hike #2 in the books! Santa Fe National Forest. Accessible June through October, snow lingers on the trail late into the summer. One of the larger groups – about ... Read more Day 2: Lake Katherine to the near side of East Pecos Baldy This is a very popular, well-marked route so if it's solitude you're seeking, you'll probably be disappointed. So, I had to make him go anyway. Santa Fe. United States › ... Katherine Lake via Winsor Trail and Skyline Trail. Small pond just before lake Stewart: Lake Stewart with Santa Fe Baldy high above. surrounded by 500 ft granite cliffs. Jacks Creek Campground via Beatty's Trail and Jack's Creek Trail. At 0.7 miles the signs let hikers know they are entering the Pecos Wilderness. I'm curious as to what the weather could/ should be in late June. The park entrance is located along Vermont Route 44-A near the town of Windsor in Windsor County.Operated by the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, a significant portion of the park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.. Lake Katherine lies against the backside of 12,622-foot Santa Fe Baldy in the 233,677-acre Pecos Wilderness, a land of dense forests, towering peaks and oversized vistas. We will leave enough at beginning and end to make sure horses don't start using it again.  Note: *Don’t* do what I did here. There is a barbed wire fence on the north side of the trail, pretty obvious. The trail is level and finished with crushed limestone, and is wheelchair-accessible. At that point the trail descends for the Jacks Creek Campground via Jack's Creek Trail and Beatty's Trail. 8. Lake Katherine, Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was calling us, so we said goodbye to our friends and continued down trail 251 to the Winsor Trail Junction. There are several good established campsites close (probably too close) to the lake. The trailhead is at the parking lot for Ski Santa Fe. No developed facilities. We took a few photos but quickly pressed on as we knew we might lose light later in the day. The intersection (red arrow) has a very clear wilderness sign, you just stay right (if you decided to ride up the Winsor (rare to do that, mostly hikers). I went to Philmont (North West NM) about 4 years ago in late June with my son and his troop, we stayed in the southern part of Philmont and did tooth of time. It’s almost entirely forest the whole way to Spirit Lake. DIFFICULT 7.2 mi. A hike in the early spring on the Winsor Trail in Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico. Red Tape. At least on the weekend. DIFFICULT 6.5 mi. The distance from the parking lot to this ridge is approximately 6.5 miles. Look for the post and sign marking the junction, where the Skyline Trail again parts company with the Winsor, and turns to the north, climbing steeply up the shoulders of Santa Fe Baldy. On day one we will begin our trek from an area known as the Cowles ponds. It’s the largest and deepest lake in the Pecos and sits just below Mount Baldy, which you can veer off and climb, too. 6. 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