Did this as training for a Mt. Whitney dayhike. Hit the trail by 6am and didn't really see others until the summit. On the way back passed by perhaps a hundred hikers on a busy Saturday. Nice trail and views. Mountain had been on my to-do list for awhile.
Killer views of Lake Katherine and marmots.
For some reason awoke at 4:30 AM. I started my hike at 6:15 and summited and was partly back down before some early rain and thunder. On way back I was extremely tired and nauseous, resting after each half mile, finishng at 3 PM. Maybe I should not have done a 12K mountain 48 hours after flying in from Chicago.
Great first climb for me and my wife. We decided to try and get into hiking more when we vacation and this was a great experience. We didn't quite bring enough water but we made it back alive =) Hike can really be decided into 3 separate parts Forest-Alpine Forest- and then bald ridge.
Great climb. Second year going to the Pecos, camping at Lake Katherine. This hike and campsite are by far my favorite of all I have done so far. We climbed SF Baldy then followed the ridge to the grassy slope and found a faint trail down to Katherine. Not as scary as it looks!
Started up the trail at 6:15am. Made it to the summit at 9:15am. Ran into a herd of cows on the trail along the way. I had to play cowboy and herd them off so I could continue on. Spent a half hour on top. From the top I could see Lake Katherine, Penitente Peak, Lake Peak, East Pecos Baldy, Pecos Baldy, the Truchas Peaks, and Cerro Chimayoso. The most difficult part of the trail was the ridge from the saddle. The rest was relatively level and pretty quick. The return trip took me 2 hours and 45 minutes to get back to the car. By 1 I was enjoying a vanilla malt in Santa Fe...
Left the Santa Fe Ski parking lot at 7:45, summited at 11:15. Beautiful approach and nothing too strenuous until leaving the tree line. Impressive peak with great views in all directions, including a great one of the Truchas. Met some nice people along the way and after a half hour on top made it back to the parking lot by 2:45.
Hiked up via Deception Peak, Lake Peak, Penitente Peak, Puerto Nambe. Beautiful day with good views of the Truchas Peaks and the Pecos. My biggest vertical gain day--4600 feet.
view is spectacular above lake katherine. above the clouds.
6/18/16 - hiked to the summit in 2:20 and continued down one of the chutes to Lake Katherine.
Snowshoed to the summit in good weather. The trail was packed for the first 3.5 miles and then things were soft. Nice views up to Colorado!
Did this as a day hike from the Winsor trail head in Pecos valley. Followed the east ridge (directly south of Lake Katherine) to the top, which was really very easy.
Beautiful hike. Great views over to Ravens Ridge and the distant Truchas Peaks.
Topping Santa Fe Baldy capped off my day (although certainly didn't end it). I followed the skyline trail across from Tesuque Peak to Lake Peak then to Penitente Peak before crossing over and back up to Santa Fe Baldy. The early start got me to Santa Fe Baldy by 10:30 AM. Spent a few minutes up there to drink in the views of the Pecos Wilderness before descending to avoid the afternoon thundershower. It was a pretty good day.
PS The hike out is murder on tired legs. Get some sleep the night before attempting this. You'll need it.
Climbed this last weekend while the aspens were an amazing yellow. Hardly anyone on the trail but a really beautiful day!
Summited last week; May 12th. Much of the snow from my March attempt had melted yet near the very top of Baldy there was a snow/ice field 400-800 yards long at the steepest section; which was abit tricky (traction devices for shoes recommended) but not too bad. I imagine the snow will be gone next 2-3 weeks.
Snow obscured trail, wind obscured comfort, dead batteries obscured GPS, knees eventually obscured walking.
Didn't summit, but sure learned a lot...
Last try was December 21, 2009; spent too much time post-holing through snow and had to turn back. Still snowy this time, but made it... I'll have to try in August sometime.
Tried on March 18th; determined to make a winter summit. Trail was good up to Puerto Nambe; but as soon as one turned off towards Baldy snow became too deep (2-4 feet) and too soft; to where i was breaking thru every other couple of steps. was expecting a well travelled & packed trail all the way up top but there was only 1 other set of footprints & 1 set of ski tracks from maybe 1-2 weeks earlier. after clothes were fully drenched (didnt have the right gear/clothes for winter ascent either) i turned around up on the saddle; breaking 2-4 feet thru the snow crust nearly every step on the return to Puerto Nambe, where i changed some clothes & had no problems to return to Ski Santa Fe via Windsor.
I think if i had tried 1-2 weeks earlier i could have made it; as the snow was still harder then(colder); but unf. i had the flu. also i would recommend trying it VERY early in the morning this time of year; i went too late that day; it had gotten too hot.
Summited despite 60-70 mph winds; dark clouds & hail from time to time. Record round-trip time for me ever in 5.5 hours from ski basin parking lot. Windsor Trail was entirely snow covered but not deep nor too slippery yet. Most of Baldy itself was still snow-free at that time; i seem to recall just wearing tennis shoes. But winds were intense; i contemplated giving up several times after nearly getting blown over/off. The next day the seasons first major snow storm dumped a good 2-3 feet up there.