Alamo Vista Trail

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Santa Fe Lake Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,365 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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1 month ago

This trail is labeled Alamo Vista Trail. once you hit the parking lot, you'll see a gate that says Road closed. go through the gate and take an immediate left and you'll see the trail start to go up. it'll be basically upheld the entire time oh, you'll hit a clearing about .3 miles in. I chose this Trail, to get a good workout in Anda train for the Grand Canyon. didn't disappoint. Basically uphill the entire time. I only made it to the ski Basin which is a little over a mile up, and then I turned around. I recommend this Trail, looking forward to having more time to doing whole thing

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2 months ago

Started at the base of the Aspen Vista trail head. Take a sharp left and head straight up to the quad chair drop off at the Santa Fe Ski basin. Any number of trails to choose from at this point with the goal to just make it to the radio towers and reconnect from there to locate the narrow and windy trail down to the lake. This lake is so beautiful; crystal clear and fish in there too.

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5 months ago

The aspens are just starting to blossom as well as the wildflowers that survive up there. Still encountered 4 large patches of snow about 2 - 2 1/2 ft deep that you have to cross. No way around them. Pretty steep in the beginning & making your way up Tesuque Peak, but more than half of the climb I would rate as moderate. There also 2 great snack/picnic meadows with superb views.

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Sun Oct 23 2016

Good steep hike for us Okies. Nothing technical. Hiked to the top of the ski lift--about a mile. Nice views and beautiful trees.

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Tue Sep 27 2016

Did the lake drain away into some unforclosed sink each time I approached? Through the aspen did it flow settling beyond my wary view? Lurking uphill out of sight as I climbed the fireroad from which it fled? Because I should have studied the map more attentively before ascending to this liquid phantom. I could not find its mystical trace. Though did not find the search without its pleasures. Into the aspens out of the crowd where is found awe...

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Mon Sep 26 2016

This is a really cool hike if you want to see the aspens changing colors in late Sept. We modified the hike to connect with the aspen vista trail (hiking/mtb trail) which is about an 8 mile loop. From the big parking lot, you will see a gate for the trailhead. When you go thru the gate take an immediate left and stay along the gate. You will immediately be climbing so warm up/stretch before you start this hike. The hike is pretty steep most of the way, but really beautiful and you will have several clearings to take in the views. Eventually you will get to the top of the ski lift at mile 1.5. Just continue past the lift and stay on the trail - around mile 1.8 you will see a trail that goes right/up - it was marked with a cairn - from there its pretty much straight up towards the communications towers. At mile 2.35 you will hit a road. If you want to see the lake, keep going uphill. If you want to take the loop back down, go right and just follow the road. Lots of MTBers on the trail. The first part of this loop back down is just an easy downhill, okay views, but once you get down towards the bottom it just gets more and more beautiful. You will have great views of aspen trees, streams, etc. Once you get back to the car its an 8 mile hike. Really awesome hike, especially in late September when the leaves are changing!! Enjoy!

hiking
Fri Jun 03 2016

Great hike! Pretty steep at times but absolutely beautiful all the way! I did it two days in a row because it was so enjoyable the first time.

hiking
Sun Oct 06 2013

A beautiful hike especially when the Aspen leaves turn yellow! An Easy 10,000'.

hiking
Sun Jul 01 2012

nice easy climb on a wide dirt access road. give the mountain bikers the right of way, you might see a few. great views of the ski basin summit and santa fe area

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Fri Jun 29 2012

Very beautiful easy hike. Especially during the changing leaves of Autumn.

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Fri Jul 02 2010

All Forest Road-- the grade is fairly consistent. Solid views at the top. Great ride down!

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