Atalaya Mountain Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. 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.
dogs on leash
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.
Did this on Feb-20 and it was amazing. There was a patch of 20 yards of packed icy snow but was passable without poles or snow shoes. The views are worth the moderately strenuous effort to reach the top. The trail is very well-marked and is easy to follow. This is a good hike for novice hikers interested in pushing their limits.
A beautiful hike through varied terrain. A great view at the top is an awesome reward! I did this on Feb10: there were patches of snow/ice in the shadowy areas higher up the trail. I didn't use any assistance going up, but was glad I had yaktrax going down.
Visiting from Palm Springs, CA. This trail was accessible from our resort in Old Town Santa Fe via a 3 mile easy walk. Walking from Old Town and the hike made for a nice 12 mile hike! There is a public restroom at the College which is adjacent to the trailhead parking lot. Beautiful views of Santa Fe.
Beautiful...Loved taking my dog and exploring this place!
A fun, beautiful hike. Pretty views. A little crowded.
Take wilderness gate or Dorothy Stuart trailhead to avoid longer walk from St. John's parking lot. Fun to take steeper route up on this moderate and rewarding climb. Head over to mt picacho and down past #35 on dale ball trails to go over castle rock and loop back down. Take a pic of trail map at trail head to minimize getting misdirected. Hard to get too lost with easily sited mt tops. Lots of scrub pine and great views. Better to start earlier in day to get trailhead parking and cooler temps. Better to be in fair shape to fully enjoy challenging aspects of climb.
This hike from St. John's College parking lot is 7.4 miles not the 6 miles listed. First 2/3 of hike is climbing interspersed with easy sections. Last 1/3 is more difficult and trail becomes more rocky & challenging. Definitely wear some good hiking shoes or boots. Views at top overlook Santa Fe and are fantastic. Was extremely windy at the top on day I was there which made it feel much colder than temp would indicate. Enjoyable hike if you are in good shape as it was more challenging than I expected.
gorgeous view of the city!...
Definitely not an easy hike on the way up. Trail was pretty easy to follow. Beautiful scenery throughout the hike. Getting to the top is definitely worth the hike.
Definitely physically challenging for a novice hiker like myself but very easy to follow on the way up. On the way down we ended up on a trail a bit out from the trailhead where we parked at St John's College but still we were able to get back easily. Such a gorgeous hike all the way up. A must see!