Trailhead and hike descriptionBegin hiking from Santa Fe Ski area parking lot, Winsor Trail 254. The first 0.5 miles of trail is steep climbing 500 feet over several switchbacks. You reach a saddle at the Pecos Wilderness boundary. Take the unmarked but easy to follow trail that heads right (east) parallel to a fence. This trail follows the crest of Raven's Ridge through the conifer forest along the boundary of the Pecos Wilderness. After about 1.5 miles from the start, you come to a spectacular viewpoint looking towards Santa Fe Baldy. The ridgeline narrows, you reach a small summit, drop about 100 feet and continue up the ridge. Soon the crest of Lake Peak comes into the view.
Deception Peak has a large round summit, and is located right above the Santa Fe ski area.
The ski descent is easy - only a short skiing in the backcountry and then you drop into well kept runs of the ski area.