Deception Peak

HARD 16 reviews
#19 of 69 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.

6.1 miles
2755 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


trail running

horseback riding





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17 days 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.

20 days 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.

1 month 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.

7 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.

8 months ago

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Friday, June 24, 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

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.

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.

Monday, June 25, 2012

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

trail running
Friday, July 02, 2010

Nice haul. Some good views on the way up and at the top.