Atalaya Mountain Trail

#2 of 161 trails in santa fe national forest

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This is a short day hike from St. Johns College trail head east side of the city of Santa Fe, NM into the edge of the Santa Fe National forest.

This is a short day hike from St. Johns College trail head east side of the city of Santa Fe, NM into the edge of the Santa Fe National forest.

Directions from St. John's College, Santa Fe: Access from Parking area

St. John's College

New Mexico Department of Tourism, Lamy Building, 491 Old Santa Fe Trail , Santa Fe, NM, 87503, Phone: 505-827-7400

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Beautiful, and challenging hike that leaves right outside of Santa Fe. Lots of people were using it as a running trail, but we slogged up walking in hiking boots. Never the less, it was a nice challenge.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

What a great hike! Very challenging but offers a less elevated path if so inclined. The views are stunning and the surrounding rocks and plant life is rewarding.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Fantastic views! Love that trailhead is so close. Hiked on December 20, 2013. Icy conditions mostly on East side, recommend shoes with a lot of traction.

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6 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful hike. I haven't done much hiking and the pinkish sparkling mineral rock all the way up was an unexpected surprise. I'm from Michigan and have hiked in Colorado and that was something I hadn't seen. View from the top was breathtaking.

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0 Completed 2 Reviews

Awesome!

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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike for being so close to town. I must have hiked this trail close to a hundred times in the five years I lived in Santa Fe. The bottom is easy, but the switchback can get you huffing if you choose the steeper path. I think this hike is best done a part of a loop that hits Picacho peak. Picacho is a little lower that Atalaya (8500), but it's further out from the main ridge giving it better views of everything except Mt Thompson.

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26 Completed 10 Reviews

Great hike! We gained about eighteen hundred feet in the climb so don't let the beginning of the trail fool you. About half way up there is a junction for steeper or easier climb. The steep climb is sustained and then you get some switchbacks near the summit that help. The views are fantastic and worth the climb.

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Eric Liddick

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10 Completed 6 Reviews

Don't be fooled by the beginning. While the hike starts easy, the elevation gain at the end adds an element of moderate to difficult (depending upon your athletic level) exertion. Not my favorite trail ever (little overwhelming views), it does have great views of Santa Fe from the top. If you want to make it longer, walk from the Plaza to the trailhead to the top and back. My wife and I did this and it was a great 12-mile hike. Overall, a nice way to escape the tourists for a morning.

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Carl Turner

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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Great trail. Hiked it with my amazing Chihuahua, Dexter many times. Fantastic views of Santa Fe and the surrounding areas. Very well maintained and very well marked.

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