Serpent Lake

Posted on July 23, 2012

Serpent Lake is an alpine lake located in the Pecos Wilderness of the Santa Fe National Forest of Northern New Mexico. This small but gorgeous lake is located just below an unnamed peak that soars to almost 13,000 feet, and is in walking distance of slightly taller Jicarita Peak.

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The trail up to Serpent Lake was pretty long. It is about 4 miles up to the lake. I have not been on a hike quite this long for a while. I really didn’t expect to go all the way to the lake, and didn’t bring any water with me. It was just going to be a little trip to see what the trail looked like.

The day was warm, but slightly overcast. There were occasional sprinkles that would float in for a few minutes. The sky would vibrate with the crack of thunder every few hours. I was not prepared for rain.

The Pecos Wilderness includes the southernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains in the sub-range of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of north central New Mexico. One trail head for the wilderness is only 15 miles by road from Santa Fe, the state capital. Covering an area of 223,667 acres (90,515 ha)(350 sq mi) it is the second largest wilderness in the state after the Gila Wilderness. – Source: Wikipedia

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