Raven's Ridge is a 6 mile out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
hard start and moderate middle. climbing most of the way with few flat areas. take a right at the gate about a mile up and just follow the fence line - beautiful view for sitting and grabbing a snack.
Although I've gone on this trail several times, this past Sunday was most memorable. Cool crisp morning, heading up, which is not for the faint at heart..all up hill. So light packing is suggested. Bring only what you need. The view over Nambe Lake is awesome as well as Baldy and other peaks. This time I walked right into a white out when I got to Deception Peak, still a great experience. Going down some areas you can trot others you ll definitely need hiking poles. I prefer the out and back than the loop approach.
Most direct route to summit of Lake Peak (Penitente). Steep trail follows wilderness boundary line. Quickest day hike to a peak near Santa Fe.
Great hike in January. Dogs and I did it a few weeks ago