We hit the Winsor trail around 9:00am. The sunny sky and lack of snow this season helped us decide to just take running shoes and light packs.
Cruising on the north facing section of the Windsor Trail about 40 minutes into the run.
First view of the nearly snow-free Santa Fe Baldy, elevation 12,632'
The trail was extremely well-packed by snowshoers and skiers making for easy and low impact running
Stream crossing below Puerto Nambe
At Puerto Nambe in an hour from the parking lot. It was warm and calm enough that we could strip down to shorts.
Now above treeline and heading up towards the summit. We repeatedly said, "I can't believe this is January"
Getting into a little bit of snow but only for a short bit and previous steps in the snow made it easy
Beist finishing up the last bit of ridge to the summit. We reached the summit, 6.5 miles from the TH, in just under two hours
Self portrait, Santa Fe Baldy, 12,632'
I've snowboarded these chutes down into the Lake Katherine Basin in the past. They are filling in nicely now but need more snow still.
The Truchas Peaks are a little lacking in snow too
Redondo Peak, Redondito Peak and Pajarito Mountain
Getting ready for the descent
Cruising down the snow free ridge below the summit. The western ridge from the summit was very clear and fast running so we stuck on that for a while. Maybe too long...
Traversing across the deep snow to get back on the correct route back down to the saddle
The run back went quickly and nice. Back at lower Raven's Ridge.
And back to the parking lot at 12:50pm. Total time was 3 hours, 45 minutes for the 13 miles and 3,200' of climbing. Pretty amazing to have this kind of "winter mountaineering climb"
The ugly! Bill managed a pretty sweet blister though.
Taking care of foot business