Atalaya Mountain Trail

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Atalaya Mountain Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, NM 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.

6.0 miles 1771 feet Out & Back

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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.

hiking
8 days ago

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.

hiking
18 days ago

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!

hiking
18 days ago

Good hike to get the blood pumping. Gain quite a bit of elevation on the way up. We did miss a hairpin turn only about 10 minutes from the top and ended up on the rim trail. A nice local came along and helped us round the back to get to the apex.

On our way down, a rattlesnake was sunning in the path.

We enjoyed this hike, but will try something different next time we're in Santa Fe. Due to our wrong turn, this ended up being a little over 7 miles for us from the St. John's College parking lot.

hiking
23 days ago

Great views from the top. Lots of traffic. Definitely not an easy hike, lost of inclines. Fit bit tracked this trail at 8 miles starting from St. John's parking lot.

25 days ago

This trail is certainly not "easy", having hard inclines. It is very well maintained and quite wife though. Great view from the top.

Round trip with no breaks took 2.5hrs

If you want a nice supplement, hike up to the Picacho peak and take Dorothy Stewart trail back.

Skip some walking by parking at the Wilderness Gate upper trailhead, but that parking fills fast. Lower parking at the college is large.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views at the top. Not a lot of parking at the Atalaya trail head but start at the St John's parking lot follow that trail and you will get to it.

1 month ago

Great hiking trail

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hiking
1 month ago

Initially very steep, beautiful views. well groomed trail. Roughly 2 hours and 42 minutes for 5.2 miles

1 month ago

I'm from the Midwest and would definitely not call this easy. Great trail, could have been marked better and I'd call it moderate. Fitbit registered this as closer to 8 miles. Topo map put it at 5 miles with 1760' gain. Felt like a lot more than 5 miles.

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hiking
2 months ago

This is our second trip on the Atalaya Trail 174. My husband and I did this trail twice now. We, however, feel this is a moderate trail and not that easy! 4-5 hours round trip, unless you are running. Go early, it gets hot! It will be awhile before I do this one again. Beautiful view though, once you finally reach the top!

hiking
2 months ago

First, this is not an easy trail. AllTrails needs to fix this error. Also, if you start at the St. John's lot, it's 7 miles round trip. Beautiful views of the valley, the Jemez mountains, and the Sandias. You gain almost 1800 feet, finishing at a rocky area that sits at about 9,100 feet. There are steep sections, so it's a great workout. This is one of my favorite hikes in the area, and it's great training for anything you want to do elsewhere.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trial right in town. Easy morning adventure.

hiking
2 months ago

I'm a low-lander, so I would call this moderate, rather than easy based on the altitude. The trail is beautiful and has a few different distinct landscapes. I took my time and enjoyed the views and the wildlife, and finished in about 4.5 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging but enjoyable hike with nice view of the valley at the top. Hot in the beginning but more shaded after that.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great trail to get yourself conditioned for the trails up around the ski basin, Baldy and Lake Katherine.
I took the steep trail and it was a great workout but the easy trail meets up with steep pretty quickly. Some gorgeous views of Santa Fe and Santa Fe ski basin

hiking
2 months ago

Nice day hike very convenient to Santa Fe. I'd call it "moderate" rather than easy based on the length and steepness. About half way up there's a split for the "easy" way or the "steep" way. The easy way has nice vista views but goes a little out of the way. The steep is pretty steep but much shorter.

Overall this is a nice trail to get out in the woods on without driving far out from town. It's good to have AllTrails or a map - the trail splits a few times and it's easy to get off course.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail if you do the whole thing to the summit of Atalaya mountain. I ran out of time and turned around at 8800 feet to return to the St John's parking lot. Great views. In comparison to other trails in the region this is not an easy trail and the top part along the ridge can be tricky with a lot of trees down across a narrow trail. It was only on the way down that I saw a sign saying that the trail was closed for maintenance.