Atalaya Mountain to Picacho Loop

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Santa Fe National Forest

Atalaya Mountain to Picacho Loop is a 7.9 mile loop trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,162 feet Route Type: Loop

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hiking
9 days ago

Nice hike. No snow. Starting on the Atalaya Trail and heading out from St. John’s, miles 2-3 are steep no matter which path you choose, but it’s easy after that. Best view from Atalaya is slightly below the peak at the clearing where there are large rocks.

hiking
no shade
rocky
9 days ago

Great views and very well marked

Fantastic trail so close to town. If you go counter clockwise on the loop you’ll see an option early on to go on a steep route or an easier route. I took the easier route and it was still pretty steep on the way up! Peaks after peaks...loved it

Some of the best views I have seen on a hike! Two peaks and well worth it. very well marked!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

The route up to Atalaya was fine but got quite a bit of snow on the way down to Picacho. Great hike even on a rainy cloudy day.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Definitely a good hike with great views along the way. Took the "easier" route because wanted the extra distance. There was probably 1/4 mile of slushy snow and ice. Definitely needed the microspikes, other than that it was mostly dry with plenty of shade. Will do again.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike with relatively moderate inclines. The area near Picacho Peak has better signage than the trail section going from the parking area at St. John's up to Atalaya. From Atalaya to Picacho, there was a thin layer of dry slippery snow that made it slow going. As the trail descends from Picacho to Camino de Cruz Blanca, it lets you out on the road. And there's no indication of where to pick up the trail and the road doesn't appear on the posted trail maps. But if you continue down the road to the gate and then head right, you'll pick up the trail again. This is only if you're taking a slightly different path back to the parking lot. Perfect fall weather the day I went.

hiking
rocky
snow
7 months ago

Beautiful trail. Got lost on the way down.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

Nice climb to the two peaks. Many people with dogs on lower portion. Most hikers did not have poles. I did and glad I did. Definitely made it easier on steeper and rockier parts

hiking
8 months ago

Two peaks for the price of one! Simply stunning. Allow about 3 hours.

hiking
Tue Mar 19 2019

This is a great trail, but I would definitely rank it strenuous. Atalaya is steep by any standard and you’re adding a second peak.

paddle sports
2 days ago

paddle sports
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mountain biking
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hiking
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