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Atalaya Mountain Trail

Santa Fe, NM

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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.

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Chamiza Trail
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37 Completed 37 Reviews

Overall a great hike, especially for summer, as it's shaded almost the entire way. The dogs loved it, and there are some nice views. My only complaint is that it was a little crowded when we went on a Sunday morning.

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Cruz Blanca Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I DID IT! I was diagnosed with brain cancer in November 2014. This is my FIRST post-cancer trail. It's short and easy. BUT (!) I DID IT! Bonus: we saw several types of wildflowers.

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Winsor Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Start from parking lot Ski Santa Fe - at trail head you begin with a series of switch backs - was (for me) the most difficult part of this trail (especially since it was was our first day at altitude) - you gain a saddle and fence/gate - the Winsor continues thru the gate - trail evens out nicely from here and is nice brisk walk - we stopped at bridge crossing pretty stream (and also point where the Winsor meets with the trail going up to Nambe Lake) - we had passed a backpacker coming out who told us the trail to Nambe was "a bitch" - so, we elected (on our first day hike in the area) NOT to try that part of the trail - lots of beautiful trees, very well maintained trail, you'll see lots of hikers due to the popularity of the area - you'll LOVE it!

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Atalaya Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 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.

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Atalaya Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

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

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Atalaya Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 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.

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Tesuque Creek
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37 Completed 37 Reviews

Easy, quick hike. It's shaded and right along the water, so great for dogs! Parking is limited though, so it's best to avoid high-traffic times.

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Chamiza Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Trail starts at a parking lot just off Hyde Park Road in the Santa Fe National Forest - drive up from Santa Fe takes about 20 minutes give or take. This is a BEAUTIFUL trail - probably saw about 10 hikers the whole time my son and I were up there, and you will likely see an equal number of dogs - most of which are unleashed. The initial trail grade is challenging, but not for the amount of time the Winsor Trail just below Ski Apache was (see additional review of that hike). After gaining the ridge, the climbing isn't too challenging and trail conditions was excellent. We didn't hike the entire loop as we elected to try the seldom used (for hiking anyway) Saddleback Trail for our return. Anyway, the Chamisa meets up with a supposedly more challenging trail (that parallels the Chamisa) and the Winsor Trail at a nice saddle that is the perfect place to take in the views and refresh before continuing on. We chose the Saddleback Track mainly because the Chamisa Trail (at the above junction) seems to head back down in elevation (to the Tesuque creek I believe) - my son and I still wanted to get a bit more elevation in is all. Great for a day hike, you should be able to get to the Winsor juncture and back to your vehicle in an hour or 2 max. Lovely trek!

SADDLEBACK TRAIL REVIEW: (I'm adding this to my Chamisa info as I couldn't find this trail in their database) - so, at the point where the 2 different Chamisa trails meet on a saddle, the trail splits right (Winsor Trail) and left up the ridge (Saddle Back Trail) - We met a guy at this point and inquired about the Saddle Back Trail - he said he would recommend it if we had time (it's about 2.5 miles) but that at some point the trail became tricky to locate.

Saddle Back Trail conditions - very nice walk, peaceful as hikers don't seem to use it often - grade is gradual up and down ridges back down to Hyde Park Road (see notes below) - seems this trail is used mainly by mountain bikers as the only folks we saw all the way back were 3 bikers (one who mentioned as they passed "we don't see many of you guys up here) - there ARE several curves in the trail that have severe tire ruts in them and descending is tricky but it's still a great walk overall.

About "difficulty locating trail" - there IS a point near the bottom where the Saddle Back Trail meets up with another trail - as you are walking you'll gain a wire fence to the right of the trail - where your trail joins another (which goes thru the fence) you want to veer LEFT and continue on down to the Hwy. Once you get to the road again, it's about a mile walk UP the road (left) to your car parked at the Chamisa trail head.

There are a lot of overlooks on the Saddle Back Trail (both of the surrounding mountains and Santa Fe proper) and, again, it's a very peaceful walk and I assume you won't see any other hikers about while you're there!

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Atalaya Mountain Trail
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4 Completed 5 Reviews

Beautiful

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Black Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike! Make sure to take in the vista at the turn back down. Just amazing.

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