Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Winsor Ridge to Stewart Lake Hike
In Pecos Region

Hike Id H10696
Last Update 2019-09-26 10:17:36.0
Hike Class E
Hike Miles 11.8
Minimum Elevation 8200
Elevation Gain 2040
Total Uphill 2220
Total Downhill 2220
Avg Grade 9 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 200
Drive Time Oneway 2:00
Hiking Seasons Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (5.0 by 1 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 45
All On Trail Yes
All Paved/Gravel Roads Yes

Highlights A strenuous hike in the woods with lush wildflowers along the trail, as well as at the lake. Conifers & aspens.

Cautions Hiking poles recommended. High altitude; not recommended for hikers with respiratory disorders.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque, go north on I-25 to Exit 299 Glorieta. Cross over the highway, turn right onto NM 50, and travel 6 mi to the town of Pecos and a junction with NM 63. Turn left, and proceed 20.2 mi to Cowles. PARK in the lot at the intersection with FR-121.

Actual Hike From PARK-WIN RIDGE, start hiking on the Winsor Ridge trail which goes steadily uphill. Pass the JCT-CAVE CREEK (0.2 mi). At the next trail junction, go LEFT (1.0 mi). Continue hiking uphill through the forest. Depending on your start time and how fast your group hikes uphill, you may want to eat lunch before you come to the TO LAKE SIGN (5.6 mi) and the LAKE (5.9 mi). Otherwise, eat lunch at the lake. Return the way you came.

Comments THIS HIKE WILL RETURN LATE. This is a long hike, so allow plenty of time.

The elevation data were obtained from a track recorded on a Garmin 64st; average grade from National Geographic Topo.

Garmin Topo U.S. 24K Southwest, Garmin BaseCamp Version 4.6.2 © 2008-2016 Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries (

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PARK: N35 48.712, W105 39.601
JCT-CAVE CREEK: N35 48.787, W105 39.734
LEFT: N35 48.976, W105 40.043
TO LAKE SIGN: N35 49.936, W105 43.183
LAKE: N35 49.856, W105 43.457

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GPX:WayTrack, 26Sep19, Garmin, Debbie Manoogian

Text Author Nan Burke
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Marilyn Warrant
Track Author Debbie Manoogian
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