Enjoy a beautiful summer hike in the Pecos and lend your support to wilderness stewardship at the same time. Bernard Tibbetts, Santa Fe Community Organizer for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, will lead a hike to La Vega Meadow via the Upper Nambe Trail.
"The Upper Nambe Trail serves as a shortcut from popular Winsor Trail #254 to the Rio Nambe. The trail is a pleasant meandering hike downhill through a thick stand of aspen and meadows down to the junction with the Rio Nambe Trail #160. From here one can hike upstream or downstream along the Rio Nambe, but a short hike downstream from this junction will bring you to the meadows of La Vega, a popular camping spot just below the shoulders of Santa Fe Baldy.
The Upper Nambe Trail offers a number of opportunities close to the trailhead. It provides day hikers the opportunity to make a loop hike to the high meadows of Puerto Nambe and to return without backtracking the whole way. It offers an easier route to the Rio Nambe than the much steeper Lower Nambe Trail #403. Additionally, Trail #101 allows a visitor to get away from the large number of Winsor Trail users, without having to get far into the Wilderness."
Hiking Distance: About 5.5 miles
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
Gain: 1300+ ft.
Rating: Easy to moderate
Driving Time: About 35 minutes each way
Note: The first mile of this hike is short but steep. Once we reach the Wilderness Boundary, the hike is easy.
So, what about the trail stewardship part you ask? Well, I am working on a service project for the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, funded in part by a generous grant from REI. The purpose of the service project is to replace downed signs, install a bench and perform trail clearing along the La Vega Loop trails, including the Winsor Trail.
On the way to La Vega Meadow, we will:
• Assess and discuss the placement of a bench and possible kiosk along the Winsor trail below the Wilderness Boundary.
• Inspect and discuss the signage at the Wilderness boundary.
• Inspect and measure the downed trail sign at the Upper Nambe + Rio Nambe junction.
• Inspect and measure the downed trail sign at La Vega Meadow
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