Mountain Time: Nambe Lake
On a July weekend, Sonia and I hiked up to Nambe Lake. The trailhead starts from the Santa Fe ski basin. When we pulled into the parking area I realized that it had been an entire year since I’d last done any hiking from the ski basin. We hiked up to Lake Katherine with our friend Maren (a much bigger hike than Nambe Lake).
It was so hot in Santa Fe that I almost didn’t bring any layers, but as soon as I stepped out onto the trail I was grateful for my long sleeve shirt. There is a magical freshness in the cooler air, where everything smells like the forest. After the heat of the Summer sun in Santa Fe, climbing up to cooler air feels so good.
It’s a pretty steep climb for most of the hike but there were some nice in between flats that offered a bit of respite, and of course the lake at the end of the hike was the best reward. We didn’t jump in, but had a nice picnic on some rocks before beginning our climb down. There are many small waterfalls that were rushing with water as we walked by. The wildflowers were tall and blooming. It was a summertime Saturday well spent.