Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Santa Fe National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Very nice trail with a good incline. Well maintained and easy to follow. Pretty views.

Hadn't been on that trail in about 10 years. Use to mountain bike that regularly. Still a great trail. Lots of people anymore but still worth it. Keep your ears out once you hit Windsor. Bikers come up faster then you run, unless you're Usain Bolt.

Tough, but so beautiful! Nice to see so much green and so much water in this state.

We are fairly new to hiking and found the trail quite strenuous towards the top. Was able to make it to the summit in about 2.5 hours with many short breaks along the way. GPS Said 8 miles so if you are new to hiking and looking for an easy hike this may not be the trail for you.

on Picacho Peak Trail

hiking
3 days 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.

Stunning views!!! nice climb! really enjoyed it and will be back soon!

hiking
10 days ago

This is a great 6 mile out and back trail close to Santa Fe. It is strenuous so be aware of altitude (if visiting) and incline and be sure to bring plenty of water. It is popular therefore fairly busy but most hikers are courteous. There is a junction where you can by pass a steep grade and go around via an easier path. It is clearly marked “Steeper Way” and “Easier Way.” I suggest taking the “Easier Way” on the way up to conserve energy and taking the steeper route back down.
There is also a side jaunt called Atalaya Lookout Trail that is a loop shooting out to the south/southwest. It will add maybe .5-.75 miles to the journey if you want to take in that view.
Depending on your level of fitness or ability, it can take anywhere from 3.0-4.5 hours. Some are running it while others take multiple breaks and enjoy the gorgeous views of Santa Fe.

backpacking
16 days ago

The lake area was totally free of snow this past weekend. The hike length in was just right for my seven-year-old daughter. (She was beginning to complain in the last mile before we got there, but she still had the energy to explore the lake.) We spent the night and headed back the next morning. Note that signs along the trail do not direct you to Stewart lake. Instead they tell you the trail name and/or the trail number. If you know the trail numbers to get to Stewart Lake from the Cowles parking lot (Trail #271 and #251), you should be able to find your way. Also, you come to a small pond on trail #251 right before you reach Stewart lake. You need to go another, say, 0.25 miles to reach Stewart Lake.

We hiked Picacho peak the other day while in Santa Fe, and really loved that trail. This hike is in the same area, not exactly part of the Dale Ball trail system, but it is still in very good condition. We started at the upper trailhead, where it guides you to mark post #43. This saved us about 1.5 miles total since we didn't start at the college parking trailhead. The beginning half is not too steep, though it is a constant steady climb. The last half is steeper, more rocky and consists of many switchbacks. It took us about 1.5 hours to reach the top, with a couple of stops to break and drink water(bring a good amount if it is a warm and sunny day).

The views from the top are quite beautiful, you don't get a great 360 panoramic view of everything, and there are a decent amount of trees at the top that block many views, but overall it was worth the 2.5 miles up. I would actually recommend doing the Picacho peak over this hike if you had to choose one over the other.

hiking
19 days 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.

Challenging and fun

Close to town. Limited Parking at upper trail head. Went on a weekday morning and there was a moderate amount of people hiking. Beautiful scenery and great view from the top. Trail is well maintained and marked. I ended up walking down the opposite side of Atalaya Mountain to meet the Dale Ball trail, path was a little smaller with many off shoots. Didn't encounter anyone on that trail. lots of lizards. I did end up getting off the Dale Ball path and onto an unmarked but fairly well traveled path, but it connected up with Atalaya trail.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Sure was a lot o rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Pleasant lollipop trail through the foothills of Santa Fe. Well marked offering great views of the Sangre de Cristo range and Santa Fe. Great for kiddos!

Pretty much as advertised. Loop trail that’s down hill outbound and up hill back to TH. We took a few breaks on the return leg. Great workout fior my 61 yr old knees.

hiking
1 month ago

I good little work out. The views are just ok. Really convenient to Santa Fe so easy to pop in and out for a quick couple hour hike. Would give 4 for convenience, 3 for the hike itself.

The trail is well marked by cairns.

Great trail !

great views for the amount of work. nice easy trail with lots of shade

backpacking
1 month ago

trail condition is good in early April.

hiking
1 month ago

Nicely marked trail with great views. It made for a very enjoyable afternoon hike.

Beautiful ridge to walk along top with great views. Just the right amount of challenge. I walked from the museums and it took 2 hrs to the top at moderate pace. If you need easier, half as high but also beautiful, sun mountain is great....more fellow hikers there.

1 month ago

Beautiful and challenging hike. There wasn't any snow when we went this weekend. Last 1.5 mile climb is tough but the views are worth it.

Easy hike to get acclimated to the altitude. Has good panoramic views of Santa Fe. We went towards the end of the day. Parking is very limited!!

1 month ago

Great hike

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