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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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Atalaya Mountain Trail
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Cool trail... shaded in some areas, was a bit rough on my schnauzers... heat can be pretty intense. I took the "easy" route but it is still considerably steep for some distances. I think the easy route actually adds some pretty nice additional views and a bit of distance. You want to bring a lot of water during the summer as the heat can dehydrate you quickly. Be in decent physical shape if you want to summit... I certainly did see some folks turn back before the summit as they were not able to deal with the elevation gain.

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Atalaya Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This was our first hike in the Santa Fe area and it was a greater starter. Definitely helpful to have a compass. We actually dID 8 miles and it took about 5 hours, but we we're adjusting to the altitude.

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Stewart Lake Loop (Trail 254, 271)
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

I went camping for the weekend and was unexpectedly asked to go on a day hiking adventure which ended up to be Stewart Lake. The views hiking on the trail leading up to Stewart Lake was beautiful in every direction. Not many hikers on the trail so I imagine we went at a great time. The Lake was peaceful, a great place to relax and read for a bit before descending back to our campsite. Beautiful place to see!

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Atalaya Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Luxury to have this trail so close. It was so gorgeous and moderately challenging the whole way. The view from the top is astonishing. I'm a pilot who flew into SAF yesterday but the views from the mountain I climbed on my own two feet are far more fulfilling. So easy to find from downtown. I loved it. Imagine how much more beautify is the God who made the mountains!

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Atalaya Mountain Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

A great, beautiful hike that I have done several times. About halfway up you have an option to take a steeper or easier ascent. I have always taken the steeper, which is not that bad though I wouldn't recommend it if this is your first time hiking or have weak knees. The trail climbs up to a wonderful, expansive view. Bring lunch (and maybe a beer) for the top. As with most mountain trails, the descent is a breeze.

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Rio en Medio Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Nice, easy hike. I did this alone and followed the outline in the Sierra Club book, which is a great book detailing all the major Santa Fe/surrounding area hikes. Nice waterfalls along the way and fun to explore off the path without getting lost.

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Chamisa Trail Loop
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Hiked this trail with my husband and our friend. We started on the right side of the parking lot, at the normal trailhead, wound up through the beautiful trees and scenery, reached the top of the trail, and came back down the alternate (more "difficult") route. Going down the alternate route did not seem very difficult and the creeks and brooks were all dried up. We hiked the trail in late July and the weather was amazing. Love the southwest mountain climate! Shot a few pics of a couple of Steller's Jays and some Mountain Chickadees. Even spotted a Pygmy Nuthatch! Good hike.

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Atalaya Mountain Trail
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15 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike! Kept a steady pace (family of 6) and came across a couple of other hikers. Make it to the top and the view is worth it.

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Tesuque Creek
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

What a beautiful, peaceful riparian trail. Not what we Californians expected to see in the southwest. Highly recommend this trail and not many hikers seem to find it.

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Atalaya Mountain Trail
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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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