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Atalaya Mountain Trail

Santa Fe, NM

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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.

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Recent Reviews

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Picheco Peak Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Am I really the first person to notice the complete misspelling of the name of this peak by All Trails? It's Picacho Peak, not Picheco! I live in Santa Fe, have climbed it many times and I drive on Picacho Street in my neighborhood.

As for the hiking, instead of climbing Picacho from the parking lot on Upper Canyon Road, you can park at the trailhead lot on Camino Cruz Blanca and follow the Atalaya Hill trail to the top of Atalaya Mountain and then continue on to the north to Picacho Peak. Then you can follow the trail that leads down from Picacho back to the trailhead lot on Camino Cruz Blanca. I think it's about eight miles total. I strongly recommend doing this with someone who is familiar with the loop because there are a couple of places where the signage isn't clear, but once you have it down, it's the best close-in hike in Santa Fe, in my opinion.

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Atalaya Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 1 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.

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La Bajada
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I don't know the history of this place but I could feel it. The trail is what I take to be a working ranch road. But you might get the feeling, like I did, that you're walking one Old Road. Maybe the original path up the ancient escarpment, La Bajada. Each hairpin and attendant straightaway offers surprising variations of consistently mind-blowing vistas of the Ortiz, Jemez, and Sandia ranges. Our youthful companions and a sudden drop in temperature, limited our approach to the top. A friendly, fellow hiker told us that you can make a loop of it by closing the northern and southern spurs by hiking along the mesa rim.

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La Bajada
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

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Bishop's Lodge and Big Tesuque
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

****The start point listed by all trails is wrong follow the review by other hiker titled "Engagement Hike" this is correct starting point. The road is Big Tesuque Canyon rd.

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Bishop's Lodge and Big Tesuque
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

The trail is great. The map from all trails put us at the parking area. The trailhead is about 200 yards up the road. There is a trail map at the parking area showing all the different trails that are accessible from this particular starting point. The trail head is a little bit tricky. Follow the road up and keep an eye on the right side of the road. The trail head is poorly marked. It dissects two pieces of private property. If you arrive at driveways marked 53 & 54 you went too far. Have fun. After you are on the trail it's a breeze. Every trail from there is marked well and established.

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Dale Ball Trails North
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We hiked 2.5 miles of these trails after a light snow in January. 28 degrees. We were pleasantly surprised how easily we could track the single path trails. Never worried about wandering astray. Superb maps and markers along the way to confirm your whereabouts. And they have trail stewards who apparently keep the trails well groomed and identified. Quite lovely and supremely quiet in the fresh snow.

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Bishop's Lodge and Big Tesuque
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

I tried to access the trail using directions from the AllTrails application. Directions sent me to what appeared to be private property with a sign that read "no trespassing" and a gate that opened automatically as our vehicle drove up to a sensor. DO NOT use directions provided by the app. Research elsewhere ...

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Buckman: Otowi Peak
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Did this hike yesterday, 3-Dec-2015. Nice sunny cool (~40F) day. Beautiful views of cliffs, distant mountains, etc. Fun.

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Santa Fe Scenic Byway
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554 Completed 592 Reviews

Great area. very scenic and many hiking opportunities.