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Chamisa Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 1,148 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Snow
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Makanani M
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easy 50 min loop

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Tom Bradfish
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Fantastic! Perfect weather too

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Maurizio Leo
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Was nice but steep for my 3 & 5 yr olds. Even the right side option was challenging for them. If you have small kids, choose a different trail.

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S Chavez
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Enjoyed this hike dog friendly went early to avoid the crowds 6:30 am start.

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August W
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Initially step and awesome then flattens out and is definitely better suited for running than hiking. No cell service

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diana sherman
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Great trail for being close to town and if your time is limited. like others said starting with more difficult trail on left going up (it's marked as more difficult) you can run back down the other side! not a lot of views, mostly forest but nice.

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Eber Atkinson
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William Conor Emberley
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Aaron Lemons
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Well maintained trail nice mid day shady hike for most of the trail.

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Julie Lunde Lillesæter
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Fun hike!

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Makanani M
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i like the steepness when you go clockwise. then jogging down.

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Makanani M
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I love the workout I get on this trail. Steep beginning then joggable downhill. Takes me about 48 minutes BUT I only do the loop.

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Chelsea Meyers
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really busy on a Friday morning. not great with covid. also lots of MTN bikes which is fine but not the greatest for hiking.

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Michael Begeman
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We did much of the Chamisa Trail - turned back 1/2 mile before we got to Windsor as we were running out of time. Did the trail counter-clockwise which I'd recommend. Went on a Friday and saw just a few other people & no bikes.

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Kelly Morris
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A black bear was spotted last week ON THE TRAIL. Aside from that, it would be nice save the zillion cars, aggressive bikers; dog poop everywhere and zero parking. The trail has deteriorated and there are always stuck old people that can’t handle the loose earth, steep parts and you invariably have to guide them down adding about 20 minutes into your hike. Lovely mountain regardless. Stay away if your not nimble.

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Miriam Hauer-Jensen
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Very enjoyable hike- lots of Aspen trees. There’s a creek at the bottom and a nice trail running alongside it for a bit. This trail runs into Winsor Trail which we hiked a couple miles then turned around. Lots of bikers so watch out for them.

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Nicole Achenbach
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What a wonderful creek trail! From the trailhead, go right for the more reasonable path. The shorter side of the loop was incredibly steep and rocky. At the end of the trailhead, we turned right into the meadow and saw a patch of iris flowers and a large rock, then a quick left and there was a great area to sit and enjoy the creek. Water was cold but beautiful. On a Friday morning we passed only 4-5 pairs of people.

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Greta K
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One of my favorite trails in Santa Fe. Beautiful & a good workout, but not so strenuous you couldn’t do it daily.

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Melody N
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Easy to get to and plenty of parking at the trailhead. Very popular. There’s 2 paths to go up - one on the right that is less strenuous than the alternate. Took the one on the right and thought it was pretty steep. Took the alternate down and it would’ve been more challenging. Was more rugged. You’re hiking uphill, then towards the end you go downhill to the river. Great place to break for lunch. More so of a forest hike; not a ton of miraculous views, but the trees near the river are pretty.

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Inge Rachel
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Beautiful trail. Great workout. Close to town.

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Mike Ault
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Lisa Rajt
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Pretty, peaceful trail with great wildflowers!

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Chellsey Latham
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Made this a big loop counter clockwise- great day in the woods

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Mary Mathis
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if you turn right at the sign about half way through, (thought it was chamisa...) it takes you to a moderately unmarked trail called Galbaldon, it’s steep & uphill with a couple false summits. top is beautiful.

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Esteban Molina
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Well maintained super chill trail.

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Michael Grosskopf
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Good views but not spectacular like some others around. Nicely maintained and a good balance of ease and incline. The stream was nice and some very enjoyable parts. Good hike and experience but not among my top hikes in the area.

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Greyson Medina
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Wonderful hike with scenic views at both high and low points. Great conditions as of early April.

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Dara S
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First time on this beautiful trail! Micro spikes def needed.

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