Picacho Peak Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews
#8 of 71 trails in

Picacho Peak Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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 March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1286 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
8 days ago

9 days ago

it was a very nice hike and great trail...great view !

9 days ago

it was a very nice hike and great trail...great view !

walking
12 days ago

Great trail, close to town. This is Atalaya Light (the next mountain to the south), just a shorter hike. Nice to have some shade along the way, especially in August

1 month ago

Nice workout. Great views. Well marked trails.

1 month ago

This is our everyday trail, a bit of a grind so you feel like you've done something but not enough distance to really knock you out. The nice thing about this trail for people with dogs, is the little river to start and end the hike with, perfect for them to cool off and get hydrated - make it a great day! ✌

birding
1 month ago

This was a nice trail. As usual, Google Maps took me to the wrong place. When you get to Cerro Gordo Rd. and Upper Canyon Rd. intersection, turn left onto Cerro Gordo and there's a parking lot on your right. There's two trails there. One going to Dale Ball, and the other is Picacho. Picacho is the left side trail. It's a nice trail. I went for some wildlife photography. Saw some common lizards and birds, but they were good photos. Saw a rat snake, it scurried to fast to get a picture; no need to worry about these if you don't like snakes. A small lake had some goldfish in it. It was a short trail, about three hour trip at a photographer snail pace. The loop back to the parking lot is a challenge to find because the trail is a bit brushy in spots. When you get to the end you have three options: turn around and go back, continue onto another trail (I think was also named Dale Ball), or attempt to locate the vague path cutting to the parking lot(if you see a path headed towards the wooden fence in the distance that's the one). No worries though, it's an easy going trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing view when you reach the peak! There's one lookout about halfway up. I had to take a few breaks going up, be ready for a good hike! Took me about an hour to get to the peak, and about half an hour coming down. My dog loved the trail, met a few people with other dogs and was passed by a few runners. Gorgeous views of Santa Fe and the surrounding mountains at the top. Some low trees were great for shade and meditation too. Definitely will go again.

2 months ago

Great in town hike with nice views at top!

2 months ago

Great views from the top! Mildly challenging going up but the way down is easy.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike! Wonderful views and great workout.

3 months ago

A little difficult but the view at the end is definitely worth it....

4 months ago

Narrow trail but beautiful views and challenging incline. Lots of dogs off-leash but luckily all were friendly.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views, great variety, and pleasantly strenuous. Very muddy in early April.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Good trail. Well marked. Great views.

hiking
4 months ago

We loved this hike. Amazing views, given all the cut-backs on the trail, ended up doing 4.4 miles not the 2.8 listed.