Raven's Ridge is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and horses and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,385 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

horseback riding

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The trail starts at Winsor Loop 254. Immediately, you're met with a fork. Both are the Winsor Loop. You take a few switchbacks until you reach the main junction of Winsor Loop and the trail to Raven's Ridge. There are 2 benches along the switchbacks to rest. At the junction, you'll take a right and follow a fenceline for quite a while. It's all at an incline. Just after the trail splits from the fenceline, you'll see Rest 1. You won't miss it, it's absolutely stunning. After this point, the trail to Peak 1 is much more intense than what you've done so far. Rest 1 to Peak 1: This part is probably the most difficult on the trail incline-wise, so take your time. The trail after Rest 1 splits into smaller paths, but they all weave in and out of each other. I don't think there are any wrong turns. After a strenuous burst, you'll come across a pile of large rocks with another great lookout and a good short resting spot. After pushing more, you'll be rewarded with another view and finally Peak 1. There isn't much to look at at Peak 1, but the terrain finally levels off and you even descend some. Peak 1 to Peak 2: After a slight descent, you're back at it again with the incline, but this one isn't as bad. There's a pretty meadow behind a fenceline, but there's not much other than that to Peak 2. Peak 2 to Deception Peak (End of Trail): You'll descend quite a bit and then incline all the way to the top. You lose tree cover in the last push and the trail is only discernible by the path worn by hikers. It's not very distinct and would be difficult to follow if there's snow. Regardless, you can see the peak easily. It's recommendable using the AllTrails GPS to make sure you're staying on the trail, especially when coming off the peak. There are a couple other trails that are easy to bite off on and they will lead you in the wrong direction to get back to the parking lot. After reaching the top, you can continue on the other trail to Lake Peak or toward the phone towers for a longer hike.

recorded Raven's Ridge

hiking
snow
20 days ago

Welp. So much snow. We made it 2 miles and turned around. Bc we were not prepared. Beautiful views tho.

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Nice trail, steep and rocky for much of the trail. Start out on Windsor trail, go right at gate, about 1 mile from trailhead. You'll walk along a fence for quite a ways. From there it's a steady incline, steep in parts. A few nice views along the way. My compass showed 11,954 elevation when we turned around. We turned around when trail was about to go down steep decline, then back up to what I believe is Deception Peak. Other hikers reported a lot of scramble to get to Deception Peak.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a detailed chronological overview with some tips and info. Overall, this is am absolutely wonderful hike with lots of rewarding views and resting areas. Some quick info: - Huge parking lot - Phone service at the trailhead and at the peak - GPS worked in the All Trails app while in Airplane mode - Tree cover for most of the trail - Lots of lookouts, wildlife, flowers and fungi - No snow and minimal bugs in August - It was cold and windy at the peak in August Trailhead to Rest 1: The trail starts at Winsor Loop 254. Immediately, you're met with a fork. Both are the Winsor Loop, but I suggest taking a right. You take a few switchbacks until you reach the main junction of Winsor Loop and the trail to Raven's Ridge. There are 2 benches along the switchbacks to rest, but I don't recommend taking more than 3-5 mins. You'll want to save your long rest for Rest 1, which has a beautiful view. At the junction, you'll take a right and follow a fenceline for quite a while. It's all at an incline. Just after the trail splits from the fenceline, you'll see Rest 1. You won't miss it, it's absolutely stunning. Take about 15-20 mins here. After this point, the trail to Peak 1 is much more intense than what you've done so far. Rest 1 to Peak 1: This part is probably the most difficult on the trail incline-wise, so take your time. The trail after Rest 1 splits into smaller paths, but they all weave in and out of each other. I don't think there are any wrong turns. I always found myself getting led back to the left-most trail along the ridge. After a strenuous burst, you'll come across a pile of large rocks with another great lookout and a good short resting spot. After pushing more, you'll be rewarded with another view and finally Peak 1. There isn't much to look at at Peak 1, but the terrain finally levels off and you even descend some. Peak 1 to Peak 2: After a slight descent, you're back at it again with the incline, but this one isn't as bad. There's a pretty meadow behind a fenceline, but there's not much other than that to Peak 2. Peak 2 to Deception Peak (End of Trail): You'll descend quite a bit and then incline all the way to the top. You lose tree cover in the last push and the trail is only discernable by the path worn by hikers. It's not very distinct and would be difficult to follow if there's snow. Regardless, you can see the peak easily. I recommend using the All Trails GPS to make sure you're staying on the trail, especially when coming off the peak. There are a couple other trails that are easy to bite off on and they will lead you in the wrong direction to get back to the parking lot. After reaching the top, you can continue on the other trail to Lake Peak or toward the phone towers for a longer hike.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

Super great hike! There were a lot of bugs though. Over all great views with lots of flowers!

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

Great trail with steep climbs to the top. The payoff is worth it for 360 degree views of New Mexico mountains and desert. Amazing and beautiful through the forest and at the top!

hiking
10 months ago

Snow mostly gone. Terrific tiny flowers.

hiking
11 months ago

Excellent hike, though some in our group did not want to go the full distance. The trails after passing the gate have significant root exposure and loose rocks, but quite manageable. Some snow up high in shady areas, but trail is clear.

hiking
11 months ago

Looped Raven’s Ridge, Skyline Trail, and Ski Santa Fe (hiked out down the mountain).. Still lots of dnowvupper end of Raven’s. Gorgeous!

hiking
snow
11 months ago

This was steep approaching Ravens Ridge with snow banks as of 3 days ago. Hiking poles were a big help!!! Absolutely gorgeous at top. We looped back down Santa Fe ski hill to make this a 6 mile loop. So far, this is our favorite hike.

hiking
snow
Mon May 27 2019

hiking
snow
Sun Apr 07 2019

Great hike and beautiful weather. Snow shoes are needed for this trail, at this time of year. Snow was really soft, so I wish we left earlier when it was colder I postholed a few times in the soft snow Once you get above the tree line, the view is amazing.

hiking
Wed Aug 29 2018

Lovely and challenging hike. After the first mile or so you get a great view down the cliffs toward Nambe lake well below you. Once you get above tree line you get great views of Santa Fe Baldy and beyond. If you head toward Lake Peak be prepared to scramble in some challenging rocky terrain. Great fun.

hiking
Tue Jun 12 2018

Was moderate for the first mile and a half. the last mile was steep and somewhat difficult. view from the summit was spectacular.

hiking
Wed May 02 2018

Mostly in the woods, but went ahead and popped up to Lake Peak and Penitente Peak as well. Gave some very nice views

hiking
Sat Jul 08 2017

"Raven's Ridge" is a misnomer. It's actually about 2 miles up the trail to Deception Peak, which is what the 5.5 miles refers to. Actual Raven's Ridge is a lookout that occurs after only about the first hour of the hike to Deception Peak. When you get to the Pecos Wilderness Boundary (1st half hour), turn right and follow the boundary fence. When the fence ends, you're at Raven's Ridge. It's a good 2 hour round trip hike, or a great place to pause on your way up to Deception Peak. Great views.

hiking
Fri Jun 09 2017

Great trail with great views. It's mostly uphill though and was a challenge but worth it for the views.

hiking
Wed Aug 17 2016

hard start and moderate middle. climbing most of the way with few flat areas. take a right at the gate about a mile up and just follow the fence line - beautiful view for sitting and grabbing a snack.

Tue Nov 04 2014

Although I've gone on this trail several times, this past Sunday was most memorable. Cool crisp morning, heading up, which is not for the faint at heart..all up hill. So light packing is suggested. Bring only what you need. The view over Nambe Lake is awesome as well as Baldy and other peaks. This time I walked right into a white out when I got to Deception Peak, still a great experience. Going down some areas you can trot others you ll definitely need hiking poles. I prefer the out and back than the loop approach.

Thu Jun 05 2014

Most direct route to summit of Lake Peak (Penitente). Steep trail follows wilderness boundary line. Quickest day hike to a peak near Santa Fe.

hiking
Tue Jan 28 2014

Great hike in January. Dogs and I did it a few weeks ago

recorded Raven's Ridge

hiking
6 hours ago

recorded Raven's Ridge

hiking
20 days ago

recorded Raven's Ridge

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Showing results 1 - 30 of 61