Atalaya Mountain Trail

#2 of 161 trails in santa fe national forest
Atalaya Mountain Trail is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Santa Fe, NM that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.0 miles 1781 feet Out & Back
dogs on leash hiking walking forest views
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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.

Rebecca McKee

2 Completed1 Reviews

The trail had beautiful views scattered along the route. We completed the route to the top in about an hour and a half and made it down in an hour and 15. We were walk/running the route though. We hiked this trail in late January and the frequent use of the trail really packed down the snow, making whole sections of this trail like sheets of ice. These ice sheets will probably still around for months, as some trees shade the trail and the ice is very solid.

Molly Greenwood

12 Completed9 Reviews

Corinna Wu

1 Completed1 Reviews

It is a nice trail for a half day hike

Peter Nelson

11 Completed9 Reviews

Bottom of the trail is really cool as you wind along a little stream bed. Plants were in bloom for beautiful yellow lined walk. Careful as the locals walk their dogs and I ran across a few land mines. As the trail elevates the grade increases. Beautiful pines and rocks has fascinating variety on way up. I hike fast so 2 hours up and down for a 6.2 mile hike to peak from St. John college trailhead. Generally I'd figure for a leisure hike 3-4 hours up and down.

Sarah Lewis

1 Completed1 Reviews

A good strong hike! Go at your own pace and don't worry if you finish at three to four hours. The view at the actual peak is beautiful, but than again I just love high elevations

Daniel Garofalo

1 Completed1 Reviews

Can't beat the proximity to Santa Fe. Worth noting that there is a "easy" route that is longer than the trail shown and has a lot of switch backs. There is a sign that points out easy and steep. We took easy up and noticed we were well off the trail shown in the app, the went with the steeper fast route down and that definitely added time to the trip up. Bit of a grind at the latter stages of the trip up for us.

Derek Jett

36 Completed30 Reviews

Trail is only 3 miles from downtown. Departs from parking lot at at johns college. Not to steep. Interesting terrain change as you climb. Took us 1 hour ea way and we were not pushing.

Lauren Figard

1 Completed1 Reviews

Good hike, conveniently located from Santa Fe. Nice views of the beautiful St John's campus as well. We did this hike on a Saturday, but it was surprisingly quiet with very few other hikers.

Shannon Croom

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great views of Santa Fe. The elevation was a challenge at times for my sea level lungs. Would certainly hike it again!

Johnny Fedevich

1 Completed1 Reviews

A very popular Santa Fe hike. Many people and doggies on a Sunday. Our 12 year old Lab/Shepard did great going up, she was worn out going back down. Great view at the top with a gentle breeze. It took us about 4 hours.