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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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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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Tesuque Creek
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I won't ever use this trail again. The day I went, you would not believe the numbers of well-dressed people letting their well-fed dogs poop all over the place and not bothering to clean up after them. You could not go three steps without passing a pile of dog turds. The smell was horrendous and so were the clouds of flies. Absolutely gross.

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Rio en Medio Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

This hike was vastly different from other hikes I've done near Santa Fe. This trail primarily follows the Rio en Medio which really hads to the sights and sounds. However, this hike was really steep and had rocky portions around the 1 mile mark. Knowing we'd have to go back up the rocky incline we turned back shortly after the 1.5 mile mark. Upon returning we decided to check out the beginning of a few other trails that are within the area.

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Raven's Ridge
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13 Completed 4 Reviews

Most direct route to summit of Lake Peak (Penitente). Steep trail follows wilderness boundary line. Quickest day hike to a peak near Santa Fe.

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Santa Fe Baldy
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13 Completed 4 Reviews

I do this one every summer. Long day hike, but nice. Well marked trail. Crosses a few streams, beautiful camping spots at puerto nambe (junction with trail #251-Skyline Trail) but dry camp unless you find snow.

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