Deception Peak

HARD 21 reviews
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Deception Peak is a 6.1 mile out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2755 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wildlife

16 days ago

This is not an easy hike with rapid elevation gains. But the scenery is beautiful the whole way and the view from the top is breathtaking. Looking north towards the Truchas peaks was a stunning view. Where else can you do a hike with a view like this and be back in Santa Fe for a late lunch.

hiking
24 days ago

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1 month ago

Pretty awesome hike. It's got some steeper areas so make sure you're in shoes with good traction, but it's a nice hike if you've got a few hours and want a workout. Took me 3:40 to go round trip, but the weather was starting to change so I only rested at the top for a few minutes.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is easy to follow. From the ski basin parking lot it's steep up to the Pecos Wilderness boundary. Take a right turn there and follow the fence and you'll be fine. Up and back in about five hours for someone in good condition. When you're at the top and look east, you're looking at Penitente Peak, which is about another hour, passing Lake Peak as you go (300 ft. higher than Deception Peak). From Penitente Peak, you can turn left and head north towards Santa Fe Baldy, heading down a gently sloping trail to Puerto Nambe. Then left again, and you're heading back to Santa Fe (about 8 hours total). Beautiful hike and quite easy from Penitente Peak on.

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2 months ago

I took ravens ridge trail to get here. Once you get to the top there is a spectacular 360 degree view and on a clear day you can see for miles.

2 months ago

I didnt make it all the way because it was getting late and there was alot of snow. At least a foot deep towards the point i turned around. I made it to 3 different scenic overlooks that were amazing.

hiking
3 months ago

Perfect day. Great trail conditions in early spring with some knee deep snow in places near the ski resort. Views well worth the effort. Be ready for the elevation gain.

hiking
9 months ago

This trail is perfect if you like a rugged steep workout with AWESOME views all over. There are plenty of options to explore other trails as well. We made it a loop and went down the ski area back to the parking lot which made it just over 5 miles round trip.

10 months ago

hiking
Friday, July 29, 2016

This is a pretty tough trail, almost like stairs up to the top of the ski area, so make sure you're fit and prepared. I went in summer, and the clouds rolled in early, so be cautious of afternoon storms.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

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Friday, June 24, 2016

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Monday, October 12, 2015

The hike up to Deception Peak offers shade and great views of nearby peaks. Please be somewhat conditioned before taking this one one because you will surpass 12K feet

I attempted to continue on to Lake Peak, but the narrow path combined the strong winds put a fork in that idea.

Below is a helpful link which provides detailed instructions.

hiking
Friday, January 30, 2015

Did this trail on the morning of the first snow fall back in November. Took my dog and met a few others with their K9s. Not for the beginner as it's steep at points going up, but once out in the open the view is fantastic. Good for a up and down one day trip, but awesome for an over night as there are plenty of places to set up "base camp". I agree its a great all year hit, snowshoeing in winter, regular hiking in the other seasons. bring water and edibles.

snowshoeing
Monday, June 25, 2012

Good all year round - snowshoes in the winter - stay on the trail. Excellent views of Nambe chute