Atalaya Mountain Trail

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Santa Fe National Forest

Atalaya Mountain Trail is a 6.4 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, walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,794 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
13 days ago

The views at the top are worth it. It was a little hot and we took the less steep way up. Had to take a couple breaks but we loved it.

hiking
rocky
18 days ago

This is a moderate trail with lots of views. There is a trail split the easier route ran into a few mountain bikers. Steeper route requires good shoes lots of loose rock. Beautiful views and easy to follow trail. Very strange entrance about a mile walk thru residential to get to trail head. Also go early and try to get a parking at the entrance gate to the residential neighborhood spots are VERY limited - and the next parking is almost another mile down.

hiking
20 days ago

I would DEF bring poles....lots of small stones in a places and dicey even with great boots. I'm only giving 3 stars because during COVID be aware that I saw literally no one else with a mask. Going to Dale Ball off Hyde Park road tomorrow....cooler and most hikers are masked.

hiking
25 days ago

A good hike to a summit with a great view of Santa Fe and Sandia at ABQ beyond. Saw lots of other hikers, including runners with dogs. All were respectful of distancing and courteous.

hiking
26 days ago

Steeper and narrower than expected, but still a lot of fun. Great diversity with this one!

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rocky
1 month ago

Super fun trail with amazing views of both the city below and the forest above. I took the “less steep” path to the top, and it added on some extra mileage. Round trip ended up being just shy of 8 miles, and took 4 hr 20 min with a break at the top for lunch. Only saw a few other people. Trail is narrow in places and rocky in others. Poles aren’t a must, but could be helpful for some.

rocky
1 month ago

Great trail with wonderful views. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead by the college. The hike took us under two hours to get to the peak. It took about one hour and twenty minutes to return the same way. I highly recommend this hike for great exercise and beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, incredible views, and varied terrain. While mostly easy, though some steeper sections also have loose soil and rock areas. If at all balance challenged, have trekking poles or consider slightly less challenging.., like Dale Ball Loop which checks same boxes though easier. Go early to best the heat, and less traffic. A great hike, one of the top 5!

Wonderful loop, good elevation gain and lovely views! Not too crowded.

1 month ago

Great evening hike if you want to watch the sunset!

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rocky
2 months ago

Ran on Tuesday 3/31/2020 around 10am. Trail is clearly marked, semi-shaded by trees in the second half of the ascent. Not very much snow or ice. Trail was quite dry. There are incredible views throughout the entire trail.

Lots of people out today. The later it got the fewer we saw. Some of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen near the top. Look to the left and you can see the city. Look to the right and you can see the wilderness. It was so much higher than I thought based on the other mountains nearby that I had submitted. The steeper route saved about 1 1/4 miles, but the other one, the easier one, had incredible views.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice hike Feeling amazing

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! I recommend taking the easier trail up, as it has more scenic views. Taking the steeper trail down will cut a significant amount of time off of your return trip.

hiking
2 months ago

fantastic hike - no complaints. went the steep way and it’s rough going up, but if you work out regularly and hike you’re fine. bring snacks and extra water. layers recommended.

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muddy
2 months ago

We were able to walk around the ice patches near the top, a little muddy go slow on the way down. We chose the easy way and were glad, nice views and not as steep so you could look around a bit more.

2 months ago

We loved this trail and would recommend it. We started at St John's parking lot and going up we mistakenly continued UP on the St John's trail so it was longer than expected BUT worth it. Please stop every 1/2 mile to look behind you at the views. So worth it. At 4.66 miles UP (again continuing on the St. John's trail), we ran into an approximate 200 meter ice/snow patch that was steep and difficult especially coming back down. It was tough without snow cleats. Be careful! It was windy and chilly on top! You'll LOVE this trail.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

We hiked this trail on March 11 and there were only a few areas at the start of the trial that were muddy. We were able to walk around most of the snow and ice that is now patchy about 3/4 of the way up the trail. There were only about 5 large area of ice in only very limited areas of the trail that we had to walk on. We managed nicely with hiking boots and caution. We walked 7.4 miles total including the walk from street parking, taking the easy way down, and walking around the top to take photos. We hiked slowly, took 30 minutes for lunch, and took lots of photos so the round trip took us 4.5 hours. Be careful about parking in restricted areas as I saw a car with a boot in the St. John's parking lot.

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging hike well worth the work. Our 7 year old girls completed it and said “I am so proud of myself”

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snow
3 months ago

Very nice mountain trail, not too difficult, though be aware that there will be snow and ice during the winter, making the way down slightly dangerous.

hiking
4 months ago

A fantastic hike. Great views from the top!

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muddy
snow
4 months ago

Beautiful trail! We came from out of town and could not have asked for a better way to see the city from above. View is amazing and is rewarding the whole way up. As others have said, it is very slick the whole way up- be prepared to walk slowly or have microspikes.

hiking
icy
4 months ago

Little slick in some spots. Go slow. A Santa Fe standard bearer. Great hike!!!!

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icy
snow
5 months ago

Great trail with lots of choices. Lots of snow right now but so worth the extra time. Beautiful views!

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rocky
snow
5 months ago

I have hiked the entirety of this trail before; however I wanted to try running it this time - even with the mud, ice and snow it was incredible! Highly recommended.

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