Picacho Peak Trail

MODERATE 105 reviews
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Picacho Peak Trail is a 3.3 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
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,227 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

3 days ago

Great hike! This was my first hike I did alone. It’s definitely tiring but the views are awesome. A lot of the trail is shaded (until the top) and that’s helpful. All was well until I came face to face with a bear, be careful.

hiking
13 days ago

Nice trail with great views. Very peaceful; I began at 7:30 a.m. and only saw a few other people while hiking. It's definitely a rocky climb, and the downhill is slippery in places. Took less than two hours from the trailhead.

14 days ago

Great views along the trail and at the peak. Rocky trail with debris on steep sections that make footing difficult—I slipped and fell once.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is well maintained and easy to find with the app. The length is short but it’s an uphill climb almost the whole hike. There are three major viewpoints along the trail that offer some nice views of the city. A worthy hike if you’re in the city as it’s located downtown.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views at the top. We come from low elevation so we took our time with the climb. Worth it though.

Trail starts with the Dale Ball trail head.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail offers many options for an out and back day hike as part of the Dale Ball trail system. It IS a climb to the top of Picacho Peak and along the way the views are endless. Take every oportunity to stop, sun bathe, meditate, think, or just allow those spaces between thoughts to be just the sounds of a crackling trail beneath your feet - and breathe...Santa Fe, it's no wonder why so many people love it here.

hiking
3 months ago

A great trail for seeing an overlook of Santa Fe, what has to be at least 50-100 miles west, and some of the santa fe mountains to the north/north-east. It is a continuous climb up, but very manageable if you are in decent shape. Bring at least a half gallon of water per person if you go on a day at least 60 degrees or warmer. You are mostly in the sun the entire time too, so wear sunscreen. It took us a total of 2.5 hours up and down, with a 15-20 min break at the top. You will not be disappointed.

3 months ago

Nice hike. A bit of a challenge for us at 65 years old but not undoable by any means. Hiking sticks help for those with worn out knees. Altitude made it a bit hard for us since we are from Michigan.

3 months ago

Great trail

3 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Switchbacks along the Western face provide great views all of the way up and down. Note that AllTrails will lead you astray on trailhead parking. Parking is left on Cerro Gordo Road. This is the left just before Canyon Rd becomes dirt.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views. We started the trail around 4pm and stayed to see the sun setting on the way down.

7 months ago

Fantastic hike with great views of Santa Fe! this is a must-do hike when in Santa Fe. Well marked trails ensure you won't get lost and there are many interconnecting trails. well maintained trails and this hike will give you a good workout.

hiking
8 months ago

Ben Lind's review is very helpful - especially the parking lot coordinates. Periodic maps and clear signage make the trail easy to follow. It's a good workout through one lovely setting after another. From the top, the views to the east are especially beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

This is one of the Dale Ball trails. I did not see "Picacho Peak Trail" anywhere at the trailhead. Choose the Dale Ball trail heading south toward Picacho Peak (there is a creek and road crossing near the beginning). The parking lot is at 35.686449, -105.895548.

I enjoyed this hike. The views on the way up were all right, and the top view was rewarding. Maybe it's the flatness of the New Mexican terrain or the lack of diversity in its vegetation, but I did not find the valley views to be that interesting. If I come back to Santa Fe I will look for a trial that has more elevation and/or is next to a body of water.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a great out & back ramble on the Dale Ball trails. The trails are well marked and you can turn it into a lollipop or a loop as you please. There are lots of roots and rock steps, but the trail is well maintained and a pleasure to walk.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike with views at top. I have added a track with nice loop option to make the hike a bit longer. We went counter-clockwise.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike if time is limited, can do in 2 hours without much difficulty. Great shade in the morning, very green with some water at the bottom. I never saw any sign for this trail, took Dale Ball route 29 to 30 to 31 then at sign for 34 veer left to peak about 150 ft up. Great 360 views at the peak.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful view that you can see while you hike up. The trail also provides some shade. Also from the trailhead all trails leads you to its actually 3.8 out and back just be aware of that.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

walking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nice workout. Great views. Well marked trails.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

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
Sunday, July 02, 2017

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
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Great in town hike with nice views at top!

Monday, June 05, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Loved this hike! Wonderful views and great workout.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

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

Saturday, April 08, 2017

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

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