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Raven's Ridge to Lake Peak Loop

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Trail

10.6 mile 17.0 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,650' 808 m
Descent: -2,630' -802 m
High: 12,321' 3,756 m
Low: 10,262' 3,128 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 63% (32°)

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Trail shared by Peter Olson

A fun loop that has it all: singletrack, steep climbs, exposed ridges and a couple summits.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Treat any water you collect along this route.

Overview

This hike brings you over the cool traverse to Lake Peak and zips you down miles of great singletrack snaking through the forest.

Description

This hike begins in the parking lot of the Santa Fe Ski Basin and climbs the Winsor National Recreation Trail to the fence at the Pecos Wilderness boundary. At the fence line, turn right and follow the trail and fence uphill. There are several scenic overlook spots as the trail climbs Raven's Ridge to Lake Peak.

As you break free from treeline, continue uphill to the shoulder of Deception Peak (once you get there, you realize there is another peak higher just over there). Traverse the rocky and exposed ridgeline to the top of Lake Peak. From Lake Peak, drop toward the east and the treeless Penitente Peak. Look for Big Horn sheep up here as they like to hang out in this area.

From the top of Penitente, follow the Skyline Trail #251 down, down, and down to the Winsor National Recreation Trail at Puerto Nambe. A lot of the dead-fall has recently been cleared, so the trail is in great shape. Follow the Winsor National Recreation Trail back to the ski area parking lot. This part of the hike crosses a couple of streams so your faithful pooch can get water and you can refill your bottles, but you MUST treat the water.

Flora & Fauna

Be on the lookout for Big Horn Sheep - they love the rocky, exposed side slopes in this area.

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May 14, 2019
Krystal Nichols
Sep 30, 2018
Sam E
awesomeness 10.6mi
Sep 17, 2018
Emilio Ruiz
Did this with Juliet and Sarah some time probably in 2015 or 2016.... got hailed on! : )
Aug 12, 2018
Marco Berry
14.1mi — 8h 00m
May 6, 2018
Dionicio Sauer
10.6mi
Dec 23, 2017
Robin Stein
Little snow - steep and cool 5.2mi
Oct 31, 2017
Jo KoHa
Oct 25, 2017
Chris Clements
Great hike. To stay on the counter-clockwise route turn a hard right up the hill along the fence line when you get to the registration area. 1 mi in.

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