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Picacho Peak Trail is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 1,227 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Note: As of June 2019, the beginning of the trail is CLOSED due to the river, but you can easily pick it up on the other side of the trail.

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Reviews (449)
Photos (261)
Recordings (326)
Completed (645)
Crystal NM
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Hiking

Great workout. Good views at the top.

Makanani M
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Hiking

good workout. cell service on hike. jogged down took 1:47

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Alethia Vitale
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Hiking

Steep but with a great view payoff.

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Jackie M
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Hiking

Awesome morning hike for my friend's birthday! The shade and morning temperatures were pleasant. We took breaks on the way up and spent ample time relaxing at the top. Total distance from parking lot to peak and back was closer to 4 miles in just over 3 hrs.

Makanani M
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Hiking

kick butt workout

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Makanani M
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Hiking

steep at top

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Lee Wright
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! I arrived at 6 AM and was the only car in the lot. When I can back at 8 am the lot was nearly full! Fairly simple climb though the hike has good elevation changes. About halfway up there is a gorgeous overlook for someone not wanting to commit to the 4 miles round trip. Go on a clear day and early. I wish I had left 45 min earlier to see the sun come up over the city!

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Matthew Garza
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HikingGreat!

started at 730ish and weather was perfect, shady most of the way, moderately challenging and great views! easy in and out from downtown Santa Fe, definitely start your day with this beautiful hike! took us 2 hours with a short break at the top. loved seeing all the pups on the trail!

Alex Cohen
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HikingGreat!

Great trail. went in the late afternoon, barely anyone on it. everyone wore a mask and stayed distant. we went when there were storm clouds rolling in, and it was windy on the top. i hiked with hiking boots and my two friends hiked in chacos. definitely recommend.

Regina Berg
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Maureen Carroll
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Hiking

A good relatively short hike with a good elevation climb. Great views. Some shade.

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S Chavez
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Masks are definitely in season! Everyone wearing or putting on mask while passing. I love my state everyone doing their part.

Scott Stevens
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Hiking

Great hike, steep in some areas. My buddy and I, both in pretty good shape and live here did It in 2:06 minutes with moving time of 1:37 minutes. Spent about 10-15 minutes at top. Awesome views.

Crystal NM
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Hiking

Fun and easy trail. Great views along the way and at the top. Busy trail, wear a mask, and don’t leave your trash.

Grisha Kotlyar
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Daniel Aaron
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Hiking

Added loop on way back

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Jennifer Karydas
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Hiking

As sea level out of town folks, this hike was strenuous. The locals and people who appeared use to this altitude passed us with ease on our many breaks along the way. The trail is well kept and gorgeous and the views are breathtaking. It’s certainly worth the effort and be sure to pack snacks and water. The local signage doesn’t match the name of this hike, but the link to the directions from all hikes app is accurate. We got into some trouble just typing in Picacho Peak Trail into google maps and it took us to some residence . Also most folks were wearing masks and considerate of passing, so do your part and wear your mask too.

Kenneth Cox
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Great, well marked, but steep trail. We had a blast, but within 30 minutes to the end, the weather started looking bad. We went halfway back down, back up because it got clear, and then halfway back down AGAIN, because of weather before finally making the ascent all the way to the top. Doubled our distanced hiked, but the views near and at the top make it totally worth the extra hard work. Be sure to follow trail marker 29, 30, 31, 34 and it’s easy to make it.

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Cindy Simons
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Hiking

We hiked this trail yesterday and had a great time. It took us about 3.5 hours with plenty of breaks. We are coming from a lower altitude so we had some struggle with the steep spots but it paid off with pretty views and a perfect day with a high of 79. We are both in our 70s and regular hikers but today we are taking it easy.

Lisa Erwin
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Hiking

Great trail. Well marked. Excellent views! At the top there were 360 views which were amazing. Not a lot of shade if you are looking for that. Shady in spots. Highly recommend it!

Eric Linnell
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Alicia Sanchez
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Hiking

Shady trail good for moderate hikers, takes about 3 hours total. A little loose rock on the trail so watch your step and take hiking poles if you are a little unsteady.

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David Lee
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HikingGreat!
Isabella Santos
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Hiking

I went on this hike with my mom and sister, both fairly inexperienced hikers but we had a great time. We took breaks for them and made it to the peak. The views are beautiful throughout.

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Max R
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Hiking

Great hike. Lots of shad for dogs. Conditions were excellent

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@Go With The Tow
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HikingBugs

The hike was great overall! Lots of winding trail with a few breaks in the trees here and there. The last half mile rewards you with an amazing view. The trail is uphill almost the entire time from the TH to the summit. Minimal shade at the top. I would recommend trekking poles if your legs/ankles/knees aren't the best.

Seth Gambone
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Hiking

Great trail, not too long. Nice mix of shade of sun. Great views from top.

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Beth G.
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Hiking

such a good hike, clean trail, directions were on point! perfect for family or a hike alone.

Kysa S
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Hiking

Great trail and shade - it was me and my pup. The views at the top were outstanding, especially considering how close this is the to city.

Sandra Marion
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Hiking

great trail, you can get to it from Upper Canyon or Wilderness Gate. fantastic views above

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