I came across a large variety of wildflowers on this first part of the trail. I saw fleabane, scarlet gilia, yarrow, and many others I do not know the names of. Towards the top, there were quite a few lupine. I read somewhere that in the spring the ridge is full of them. That would be a sight to see!
After 1 1/4 miles and climbing 600 feet, I reached this intersection. Thankfully, I had my trusty "Day Hikes in the Santa Fe Area" book by the Sierra Club, because there were at least 3 different ways I could've gone. The Chamisa Trail continues by turning right at this intersection.
The trail continues downhill until the trail ends in about 1 1/4 miles at the Tesuque Creek and the Winsor Trail. I turned right at the Winsor Trail sign and came across a lovely meadow almost immediately. Off to the left, in front of the big boulder, was a little trail down to the Tesuque Creek. It was rushing pretty good, and I'm guessing that is due to all the rain the Southwest has been getting in the last week. No rain today though!
I followed the trail back, exactly the way I came. It took me right around 2 1/2 hours, because I didn't take too many breaks. It was a terrific afternoon hike and I would definitely do it again. I wish I was going to be here in the spring to see those lovely lupines! (Thinking of fields of lupine makes me think of the incredible assortment of lupine colors in Fiordland National Park in New Zealand.)
Next post: Heading up to Durango, CO for a 3-day weekend tomorrow, so I will no doubt be sharing details and photos when we get back!