Santa Fe County Highpoint Trip Report

Santa Fe Baldy

Date: November 25, 2005
Authors: Dave and Beckie Covill

Previous reports are fine. We encountered a small amount of ice on the trail as it wraps the north side of the initial ridge system. There were 3-4 spots where we trod carefully across a mini-glacier where a tiny stream was crossing the trail.

Temperatures were in the 20's, minor wind down in the trees, blowing maybe 20-30 miles/hour up high. The hike is only about 2,600 feet of net vertical counting losing 400 feet halfway around but it is around 6 miles one-way. We followed the faint use trail all the way to the summit. The south face of Santa Fe Baldy was entirely free of snow or ice. The fine Fall hiking conditions deteriorated Saturday night with a big snow storm. It's all winter hiking now.

Took us about 4 hours and 15 minutes up, 3 hours down.