Tesuque Peak via Aspen Vista Trail FR 102

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Santa Fe National Forest

Tesuque Peak via Aspen Vista Trail FR 102 is a 11.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Fe, New Mexico that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,168 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
3 days ago

Gorgeous views up top! The waterfall is not very impressive, but the views once you’re about 3-4 miles up at least are incredible. The forest is amazing right now. There is some snow but only at the very top. It’s a longer hike but not very steep.

hiking
5 days ago

The aspens are beautiful right now since they are turning green! About 2 miles up from the aspen vista picnic parking lot is a waterfall with an amazing overlook. It is a great point to turn around which turns this into a manageable 4 mile loop!

Better in the fall or perhaps later in summer when the aspens have more leaves. Otherwise kind of monotonous. The mountain streams about 1.6 miles are beautiful

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail. We only went about 1.6 miles up and found the river (my favorite part!) and rested there a bit before heading back to the car. Took our 4 year old up and he was able to do as well as we did. There are some rocky hills but very passable. Many butterflies.

hiking
snow
20 days ago

Did Aspen Vista; a beautiful day, not too much wind. Snow-free for first 2.5 miles, then alternating snow, about 18" deep, with snow-free patches all the way to the towers at the top. Based on the rate of snowmelt and project weather for next week, it should be snow-free in 2 weeks.

3 months ago

A very good trail for snowshoeing. It's a moderate one. My family and I had a blast with good exercise while enjoying beautiful views and the solitude that only during the winter you can enjoy in the outdoors. I highly recommend it for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

great trail! wish we had brought snow shoe, after about 2.5 miles snow shoe required.

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Trail is snowy but there is a nice compact route to follow without hitting deeper snow. Great for cross country skiing or snow shoeing right now too!

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

Lots of dogs. Some are off leash, but most were friendly. Stream was flowing, which was nice to see and the Aspen leaves changing colors is so pretty.

Easy beautiful wide trail. Perfect for the fall colors

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

mountain biking
rocky
8 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. It is the definition of moderate! The path is actually a road, so it is wide and easy to follow, although rocky and sandy, so you have to watch your footing. There is a rise in elevation, but it is mostly gradual and easy to do. Views and wildflowers are beautiful! There was some excavation work going on when you cross into the ski area, but I didn’t mind so much... just pretend it’s a dinosaur. Makes your hike even cooler

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Incredible views after the first two or so miles. A moderate hike with good elevation. Saw several mountain bikers and just a few hikers. Heard a coyote about 3 miles up and thought about turning back and am glad I didn’t. My dog loved chasing butterflies. I’d do it again. A little buggy on the way back.

hiking
bugs
rocky
10 months ago

I would definitely recommend this trail. I am not a super experienced hiker so it was a good workout. It was absolutely beautiful and had plenty of shade.

hiking
10 months ago

Dirt road leading up to the meadow, not a lot of great views. The flies were terrible and the trees are covered in caterpillars. I would recommend finding another hike.

bird watching
11 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful day. Virtually no traffic in the morning on the trail.

snowshoeing
Sun Jan 27 2019

Snow was well packed for most of the way up. Things get windier and more Powdery as you break the treeline. Couldn’t really follow the trail anymore at around 11330 ft, so decided to turn around, but there’s a great lookout point right as you get to that altitude.

snowshoeing
Sun Dec 23 2018

Did 5 miles of this one 12/15/18. Weather was perfect. Beautiful view. Will definitely do it again.

hiking
Wed Nov 28 2018

Today, there was a lot of snow on Aspen Vista Trail. Poles are very helpful. Remember to change out your ends for the wider rose tip guards to keep your poles from sinking. I forgot to do this so it made the poles a little less effective. I was only able to go about 8.5 miles (roundtrip) because the trail disappeared under quite deep snow. I was easily sinking to my skins by the time I turned around. I only encounter a few people on the trail (including one friendly X-country skier) so the trail was very peaceful. On the way up, when I was working a bit harder, I was able to dressed down to just two layers: a short sleeve athletic shirt and long sleeve cotton shirt. At the top, it was a different story as the wind was howling and quite strong, so I put my down layer back on and wore it all the way to the bottom of the trail. Recommend hat, gloves and definitely sunglasses too. I would also recommend microspikes if you have them as there were some pretty icy parts.

Mon Nov 26 2018

There is a lot of misconception and incorrect information in the reviews below. Aspen Vista Campground has two trails. Aspen Vista Trail, is the forest road (FR 102) that goes from Aspen Vista Campground to Tesuque Peak (the antenna peak). Alamo Vista Trail is trail #381 and goes to the LEFT of the gate that is closed at the beginning of the service road. It climbs the ridge to the left, north/northwest of the forest road and is a steep climb to the top of Santa Fe Ski basin. This trail leads on to the peaks Tesuque Peak, Deception Peak, and Lake Peak, and after a steep 2000+ ft incline reaching Tesuque Peak, you can descend down to Santa Fe Lake that feeds the Santa Fe River. Aspen Vista is a lovely, easy trail. It is an old forest service road that technically isn’t hard. It is wide and well trampled. A bit further in, the road gets more eroded and will pose difficulties for strollers/wheelchairs. Parts are still accessible though. Note also that that the elevation is pretty high for a first day hike in regards to those of you flying in from the flatlands, so you may want to wait a day or two to acclimatize. PLEASE do not confuse these two trails. Educate yourself before heading out. Knowing your geography and location is KEY to survival in the wilderness. In case something happens, your survival depends on the communications you have left behind you. These two trails would mean a large discrepancy in potential search and rescue. Even though Aspen Vista Trail (the forest road) is a popular trail, and from time to time it gets quite busy, predators will and have been sighted there. A morning jogger was ambushed by a mountain lion a couple of years ago on this very trail. As of writing, November 26, 2018, the forests and mountain areas around Santa Fe and Taos are in a season where there have been a lot of bear and puma/mountain lion sightings and kill sites. They are stocking up for hibernation and winter food supply... Weather in the mountains is unpredictable and so are the winter storms, which can show up without warning, even on previously clear days. Altitude adds chill so in the winter you can subtract approximately 10 degrees per 1000 ft to calculate the temperature up there. Note - This doesn’t count the higher altitude winds. Finally - Awareness is the uttermost key to survival and safety conduct in the wilderness. Research, stay well informed, be well packed and well prepared, stay safe, and have fun.

hiking
Wed Oct 17 2018

It’s a beautiful trail. It is actually called Alamo Vista trail but luckily there is only little confusion because there is only one trail that starts at the Aspen Vista picnic ground and parking lot. The first snow of the season arrived these days. At first we were disappointed because there were no views. Snow clouds were passing through. We were prepared wearing wind and water proof clothing. It was around 36 F. We walked through different climates zones up the trail which was nice. Towards the top it was 4-5 inches of snow. All the aspen trees had lost their leaves up there. At lower elevations there were several spots where it was warm, no clouds, and sun for short stretches. When there was no snow the beautiful green and yellow of the Aspen leaves were still lighting up the vista. We will definitely be back.

Mon Sep 24 2018

Perfection

Sun Jul 22 2018

Some shade on the lower half in summer, which is nice. Go up early on summer and fall weekends if you want to beat the crowds. The aspen and pine are showing drought stress this year, but it’s still a fabulous hike. The width makes for a more sociable trail. It’s also fun in winter for snowshoes or xcountry skis.

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