Chamisa Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Watch out for ice, I slid down quite a ways today
Great hike, beautiful forest, need grips/spikes on shoes for ice
Two routes will take you to the same place. Alternate route (more difficult), and the regular route. Regular route is very beautiful, gradual uphill, until you pass a trail intersection. Downhill to the creek is very shaded, and pretty. Meets up with Windsor Trail at the creek. I have not done difficult route.
This trail has two very different personalities in close proximity. While traveling through the upper, a mountainous, and the lower a beginning of transition into lower altitudes. At the end of the trail and it's intersection with longer trails of subconscious, there awaits a creek by which I sat for rest and writing before returning to homelessness.
we wanted a short afternoon hike before dinner. from the parking lot go up the right side and you will immediately get an uphill climb. lasts about 1 Mile and gets more gradual half way up. coming back down is simple just make the sharp turn around when you hit the marker at the top. we could have taken other trails but chose to make it short. took about 45 minutes and clocked in at 2.6 miles by going that route. great little trail for sure.
Lovely for an evening walk!
I ran only the loop section of this trail with my dog. I started at the trail head to the right of the parking lot and then when trail 183 met up with the alternate trail, I turned around and took the alternate trail back. I didn't find that one trail was more difficult than another. Running that route took me about 40 minutes. There weren't exactly any vistas to be arrived at, but the trail was very comfortable underfoot, and the initial ascent was quite a workout. Even on a very hot afternoon, I found that there was enough shade to be ok. This is a great short loop if you are looking for something close to town, but more remote feeling than Dale Ball.