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Nice trail. The switch backs get you near the end, but the view at the top is worth the effort.

Nice moderate hike. We are a pretty fit couple and it took us 62 minutes up and 44 minutes down.

hiking
26 days ago

A pretty trail, for sure. We went on a Monday, so there wasn't a ton of traffic. We took the more difficult "alternate" route on the left-hand side. If you're a hiker, it is nothing that I would consider hard. No summit or specific end-destination, but beautiful flowers and trees throughout.

Beautiful trail. As mid-westerners, the altitude of the climb made us a little winded but the summit was worth it!

Great training trail for me up-and-down Burns of 1000

Did this* hike yesterday and really enjoyed it. I say “this*” because I’m not sure if I followed the exact correct route (a lot of segments criss-cross the area). From trailhead parking I took segment 29 to 30 to 31 to 34 up to the peak. The tracker on my phone recorded the trail at 2 miles in each direction.

That said, loved all the parking at the trailhead and the well-marked, easy to follow trail. Fairly rugged with quite a bit of loose stone and sand along the way - though I never felt nervous about losing footing.

Beautiful views from the peak and a sweet breeze. Total hiking time out and back was 1:30.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike with fantastic views. Always sad to see that people leave bags of dog poop on the trails....just take it with you.
Parking lot fills up fast so early is better. Have to really pay attention to where you are going. You cross another road to get to part of the trail.
Lots of lizards, hawks and great variety of flowers, trees and rocks to look at.

We came by way of the Dale Ball Trails from Picacho Peak back in March, and the other trail up to Atalaya was closed. Well worth the extra distance from Picacho. The views are spectacular and the trail got much more adventurous and fun once you started to approach be Atalaya. Interesting scenery and a great way to spend a day. Definitely bring plenty of water.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike back March because we got snowed/frozen off of Mount Wheeler. It was a great hike, well marked, decent trail, and gave some good views of Santa Fe and the other mountains around. Also, a very interesting mix of scenery. We found a cactus growing in the shade of an evergreen. We added the extra distance up to Atalaya Mountain, which provided some even more spectacular views. It made for a great day. Bring plenty of water.

Had a great hike. First time in Santa Fe, chose this trail based on reviews.
Being visitors here we took an Uber to the trailhead.
Some notes I wish were shared in reviews and hopefully these are helpful to others new to this trail.
Cell signal drops so ride share driver, unless familiar, will not be able to find the trail head.
Trail head not marked very well at all. We had to walk to the Audubon reserve, down the road, to ask for directions to trail head.
A simple post with a 29 on it. That’s it
Hopefully, this won’t dissuade you from hiking this great area.

on Santa Fe Rail Trail

1 month ago

I've only biked the segment between rabbit rd. and Eldorado, great trail. The first half mile or so from rabbit rd. has some ups and downs that could be a bit strenuous for beginers, after that though its pretty smooth sailing to Eldorado. Be aware of rattlesnakes, saw about a 4 footer crossing the trail yesterday.

hiking
1 month ago

A great hike today, a little crowded today due to Labor Day. Both of us are in our late sixties but we made it to the top within 2 hours. It was steep and very rocky recommend using hiking sticks. Great views of the city and the satisfaction of reaching the top and returning to the bottom safely. Would do it again.

Easy hike that’s no problem for those with young kids. Very well marked trail. Nice views across the valley and plenty of shade along the way. Took us about two hours with numerous stops.

Great hike! This was my first hike I did alone. It’s definitely tiring but the views are awesome. A lot of the trail is shaded (until the top) and that’s helpful. All was well until I came face to face with a bear, be careful.

hiking
2 months ago

We actually did the loop which is part of the San Juan and Windsor. It’s 10 miles and a tough hike. I had my all trails turned on. Not sure why the whole hike is not recorded. We’ve done this hike 3 times. It’s a good workout.

Wonderful short, heavily wooded trail that’s great for kids. There are some sections with a steep drop off next to the trail so we ended up holding the hand of our 4 year old just for added security during these, but overall a beautiful family friendly hike.

There’s free parking on the left right after you turn into the entrance of Blake Canyon camping area. You then need to hike to the back of the camp where the trail starts. It’s probably a 1/4 mile hike to the TH. There aren’t a lot of views through the trees, but the trees themselves are so amazing. If you go right at the trail fork the incline isn’t as steep, but the descent down the left fork can be a bit unnerving.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with great views. Very peaceful; I began at 7:30 a.m. and only saw a few other people while hiking. It's definitely a rocky climb, and the downhill is slippery in places. Took less than two hours from the trailhead.

Great views along the trail and at the peak. Rocky trail with debris on steep sections that make footing difficult—I slipped and fell once.

hiking
2 months ago

I did the “‘more difficult” route up. Because you’re hiking through a riverbed, the terrain is uneven and challenging, but I enjoyed it. Took the easier route down, which was lovely. However it was Saturday morning and TONS of people on the narrow trail. Was annoying the keep having to stop and step to the side.

road biking
2 months ago

FYI - Trail is paved from the Railyard to where it crosses Rabbit Rd, unpaved from Rabbit Rd to Eldorado. No water stops, but there is a privy at the parking lot where it crosses Rabbit Rd. Would be nice if the city put in water at the Rabbit Rd junction. :(

hiking
2 months ago

This trail for me was what I would consider "easy". I took the main route out to the turn around, and chose to hike the alternate route (by the dry creek) - heading back. Definitely did not like the alternate route as much.
If I were to choose this trail again, think I'll choose to mountain bike it and connect with several other trails at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

The trail is well maintained and easy to find with the app. The length is short but it’s an uphill climb almost the whole hike. There are three major viewpoints along the trail that offer some nice views of the city. A worthy hike if you’re in the city as it’s located downtown.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views at the top. We come from low elevation so we took our time with the climb. Worth it though.

Trail starts with the Dale Ball trail head.

Awesome hike. We took the harder way up and the easier way down. Bring lots of water!

hiking
4 months ago

This trail offers many options for an out and back day hike as part of the Dale Ball trail system. It IS a climb to the top of Picacho Peak and along the way the views are endless. Take every oportunity to stop, sun bathe, meditate, think, or just allow those spaces between thoughts to be just the sounds of a crackling trail beneath your feet - and breathe...Santa Fe, it's no wonder why so many people love it here.

hiking
5 months ago

A great trail for seeing an overlook of Santa Fe, what has to be at least 50-100 miles west, and some of the santa fe mountains to the north/north-east. It is a continuous climb up, but very manageable if you are in decent shape. Bring at least a half gallon of water per person if you go on a day at least 60 degrees or warmer. You are mostly in the sun the entire time too, so wear sunscreen. It took us a total of 2.5 hours up and down, with a 15-20 min break at the top. You will not be disappointed.

Nice hike. A bit of a challenge for us at 65 years old but not undoable by any means. Hiking sticks help for those with worn out knees. Altitude made it a bit hard for us since we are from Michigan.

Great trail

Really enjoyed this hike. Switchbacks along the Western face provide great views all of the way up and down. Note that AllTrails will lead you astray on trailhead parking. Parking is left on Cerro Gordo Road. This is the left just before Canyon Rd becomes dirt.

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