Atalaya Mountain Trail

MODERATE 168 reviews
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Atalaya Mountain Trail is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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 and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1899 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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This is a short day hike from St. Johns College trail head east side of the city of Santa Fe, NM into the edge of the Santa Fe National forest.

hiking
6 days ago

This is my favorite trail in the SF area, and I try to do it at least once a week. I recommend doing this trail in the morning because of the temps and increasing chance of tstorms in afternoon. Also, bring plenty of water-I see a lot of people bail halfway because they don't have enough.

hiking
10 days ago

Great hike!

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hiking
22 days ago

Challenging, mostly due to the altitude (plus spending a few hours beforehand walking around Meow Wolf didn't help, haha), but the views at the top are totally worth it! There's a point later on in the trail where you can choose the steep path or the easier path. We took the steep path up but the easier path down, which I'd recommend. The easier path has a different vibe to it and gives a bit more variety to the trail. This was one of my favorite hikes.

hiking
23 days ago

24 days ago

Good hike! We had to keep stopping as we ascended because we were short of breath. I guess that's due to the altitude. Descending was much easier. Most of the trails were well marked. However, we took a different route down and came out on a road...from there, we had to figure out how to get to our car. Very nice scenery.

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

This was a fun hike that was both rewarding and somewhat challenging. Would recommend it and do it again.

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27 days ago

beautiful view from the top..

1 month ago

This was a beautiful hike and just challenging enough due to altitude. My daughter and I live in Texas and are visiting Santa Fe. It was her first hike, and she did amazing! I on the other hand was short of breath, but the scenery made it worth it.

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful spring cool day. Great trail. Us Texas boys got winded a couple of times but overall easy to manage. Some spring flowers.

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail on a Thursday morning. Started 9:50am and finished around 11:30. We are both in good shape (frequently working out, jogging, tennis, etc) and still there were times where we were huffing and puffing due to some of the climbs (keep in mind we're from Texas). Quite a nice variety of inclines. So worth the climb. Gorgeous views!! There was still some snow left on the mountain in mid May