Atalaya Trail

Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico

Distance1.6mi
Elevation Gain1,415ft
Trailhead Elevation7,849ft
Top9,112ft
Elevation Min/Max7842/9112ft
Elevation Start/End7849/7857ft

Atalaya Trail

Atalaya Trail is a hiking trail in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. It is within Santa Fe National Forest. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 7,849 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,415 feet. The trail ends near Atalaya Mountain (elevation 9,117 feet). This trail connects with the following: St. Johns Trail.

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Best Bike Rides Albuquerque and Santa Fe (Falcon Guides)
JD & Emily Tanner / Shey Lambert
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"The Atalaya Mountain trail can be very technical and strenuous for most cyclists. Though the trail may seem easy in the beginning, switchbacks climb their way to the summit and seem to go on forever. The trail climbs more than 1,700 feet in just 3.8 miles, and most of the climbing is in the final push to the summit. The views from the summit are astounding and well worth the effort it takes to bike this local Santa Fe favorite. From the smooth singletracks of the arroyos to the rock- hopping trails nearing the summit, this trail has it all for riders looking for a great and rewarding challenge."
Mountain Biking Northern New Mexico (Falcon Guides)
Bob D Antonio
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"Extreme technical riding through the rocky, piñon-studded foothills to the summit of Atalaya Mountain (9,121 feet). Don’t even attempt this ride unless you are an expert cyclist with skills to handle extreme, rocky climbs and descents on narrow singletrack. The trail up to Atalaya Mountain gains a staggering 1,600 feet in 3 miles, and most of that comes in the final 2-mile grunt to the summit. The trail is extremely popular and can be quite crowded during weekends. There is the real danger of getting hurt on this ride, so use caution and don’t hesitate to walk the tougher sections of the trail. The trail is best ridden during the early-morning or late-afternoon hours when foot traffic is low.Avoid the ride during the peak midday hours to ensure a more pleasant experience for other trail users and yourself. Trail surface: The majority of the ride is on narrow singletrack. There is a short section of dirt roads through Ponderosa Estates."
100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"A climb to the top of Atalaya Mountain on the outskirts of Santa Fe provides hikers with a unique view of the old city. The steep but pleasant trail leads through shady piñon and conifer forests to the summit. Santa Fe, with its historic plaza and sprawling new growth, spreads out below. A couple hours on this trail can be a welcome relief from the usual tourist fare in Santa Fe. Be aware that summer weekend mornings can bring a lot of hikers to the trail."

Atalaya Trail Trip Reports

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7/10/2018
This is an excellent trail with incredible panoramic views at the top -- but you have to work for it! It is pretty steep in some protions and super hot right now, so best in the early morning or late afternoon. Bring lots of water. It's one of our favorite hikes in the Santa Fe area :)
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10/3/2017
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7/10/2009
Beautiful views, but the last part of the hike is uphill all the way. It's too hot in the middle of the day in summer- go early or late. Bring plenty of water including for dogs- there's none along the way. But the view at the top is of Santa Fe and all of north central New Mexico, and is beautiful.
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4/20/2006
This was a relatively easy hike of a couple of hours that provided a nice view of the Santa Fe area. A well marked trail and the summit is a nice place for lunch.
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2/22/2004
This is a great, somewhat challenging day/night hike that is positively gorgeous in the snow. St. John's College Search and Rescue use it for training sometimes, so if you see a bunch of college students that look WAY too prepared for a day hike then say hi! The view from the top is magnificient and you can see all of Santa Fe out to the surrounding peaks.
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Trail Information

Santa Fe National Forest
Nearby City
Santa Fe National Forest
Parks
Easy
Skill Level
Santa Fe National Forest, 1474 Rodeo Rd., Santa Fe 87501; (505) 438-7840; www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe
Local Contacts
Dharma Maps, Santa Fe Explorer, 2012
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