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Alamo Vista 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.

Length 5.2 mi Elevation gain 2,365 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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Anna Lassiter
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Hiking

Beautiful leaves changing. All uphill but and beautiful. Definitely go to lake peak.

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Bruce Mendes
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Hiking

Great trail. A little steep.

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Brenda Robillard
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Hiking

A great workout, steep up Alamo Vista to the Quad lift and challenging down along the creek. But the views are so worth it.

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Jessica Gorman
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Hiking

Woah. Beautiful, with amazing views, but very steep gravely inclines. The top portion of the trail gets mixed with ski runs and it is more difficult to follow the foot path. The descent to the lake is tough but well worth the effort. We did it with an 11 year old and a 7 year old, they recommend having good walking sticks.

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Gabaccia M
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Hiking

I hiked only to the lift. It’s a great mini workout with 2 steep steep sections with a nice view at the top.

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Dara S
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Hiking

Beautiful and tough trail! The alpine lake at the end made the elevation gain worth it. The caterpillars have eaten away at the aspens and are currently out en masse (beginning of June).

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Ryan Whiteside
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Hiking

As of 5/21, this route is almost snow free and easily hiked. I went all the way to Lake Peak and the only real snow was encountered in the trees before the summit and along the the very last bit of ridge to the summit. If taken slowly, the summit can be fairly easily obtained, but there are some big snow drifts to navigate. Encountered very few people. Never saw the trail that overlooks Santa Fe lake; this appears to not exist.

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Justin Aronstein
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Dalila Baied
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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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Lori Lynch
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Hiking

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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Jeff George
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Hiking

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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Nina Noel
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Gage Anderson
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Hiking

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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David D
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Hiking

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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David Chavez
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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!

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Steve Hoogeboom
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Hiking

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.

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Branden Reeves
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Hiking

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

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

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Ben Hill
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Morgan Sage
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William Maloney
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Brandon McGarrh
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Scott Norville
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Inge Rachel
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Keith Anderson
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Inge Rachel
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Mary Kathleen Baldwin
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K M
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Julia Payne
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