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