Deception Peak

HARD 25 reviews
#16 of 71 trails in

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

19 days ago

Absolutely stunning views on a clear September day. There are a few sections that are brutal, in terms of elevation gain, and they'll have you wondering just what you must have been thinking on your way back down. We overestimated ourselves slightly, but still made it down, haggard but happy.

Some folk have said

1 month ago

Absolutely stunning, make sure to be off peak by noon during the summer due to thunderstorms.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this trail October 2014 with a friend. Good to have a compass and be careful not to get lost when utilizing the Deception Peak trail, coming from the Ski Basiin. I have not yet done it via Aspen Vista trail, and hope to do that by the end of this year.

1 month ago

Tough but beautiful, and almost no people on the trail (on a weekday)

2 months 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
2 months ago

3 months ago

3 months 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
3 months 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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3 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 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.

4 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
5 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
11 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.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

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