Head for the Hills

We are having a heat wave here in the Southwest, but one of the benefits of living in northern New Mexico is that you can grab your day pack, drive a couple of hours, and find yourself at the start of a trail leading up into the cool, mountain forests. Today we hiked with some friends on a trail that starts at the Santa Fe ski area (about 10,200 foot elevation) and in just over 3 miles leads to a gorgeous, little alpine lake at 11,400 foot elevation. Unbelievable that after so many hot days in Albuquerque there were still some spots of unmelted snow in the woods around the lake and on the slopes above the lake.

The mountains are calling.
The mountains are calling.
Rio Nambe is the stream that drains from the lake and much of the trail follows the stream.
Rio Nambe is the stream that drains from the lake and much of the trail follows the stream.
View looking back at Santa Fe Baldy.
View looking back at Santa Fe Baldy.
Mountain meadow on the way to the lake.
Mountain meadow on the way to the lake.
Nambe Lake
Nambe Lake
Snowbank in the woods near the lake.
Snowbank in the woods near the lake.
Golden Pea.
Golden Pea.

About a mile from the end of our hike we met a young woman who was just completing a month-long wilderness hike of 600 miles in northern New Mexico. She is what is known as an “ultra-lite long distance hiker”. The pack she was carrying didn’t look much bigger than a day pack, yet she said it contained all of the food and gear she needed, including tent and sleeping bag. The number of miles she has hiked by herself in the wild on numerous routes is incredible. Check out her blog to learn more.

Hats off to an amazing woman.
Hats off to an amazing woman.

Author: bjregan

Enjoying retirement activities. Main goals for retirement are to stay spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally healthy.

2 thoughts on “Head for the Hills”

  1. We’ve been thinking about you. Glad that you made it safely to Santa Fe. Get some well-deserved R&R and please take care on the Canada adventure.

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