Chamisa Trail

Santa Fe National Forest, New Mexico

Elevation Gain1,218ft
Trailhead Elevation7,821ft
Elevation Min/Max7821/8455ft
Elevation Start/End7821/7821ft

Chamisa Trail

Chamisa Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. It is within Santa Fe National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 7,821 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,218 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The trail ends near the Map information.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best Bike Rides Albuquerque and Santa Fe (Falcon Guides)
JD & Emily Tanner / Shey Lambert
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"The Chamisa Trail (#183) goes through a ponderosa pine and mixed- conifer forest just east of Santa Fe. The short drive from downtown Santa Fe to the trailhead and the short length of the loop described here make this an ideal getaway when you need that quick fix but don’t have a lot of time. Two trails leave from the Chamisa Trail parking area, located right off Hyde Park road. The main Chamisa Trail leaves the northeast corner of the parking area and goes uphill and east through the trees; the alternate route runs north through the canyon. The alternate route connects with the Chamisa Trail at a saddle about 1.0 mile from the trailhead. As described here, this alternate route can be used to make a fun training loop from the trailhead and back again."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Santa Fe - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Linda Regnier and Hope Di Paulo
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"This hike is close to Santa Fe and offers a good workout as well as great exposure to piñon-juniper and mixed conifer vegetation belts. As a summer hike it is shaded much of the day. Although there is an initial climb, you are rewarded with a welcome descent into the Tesuque Creek basin, where you can rest amid cool water, wildflowers, and a green meadow."

Chamisa Trail Trip Reports

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As the write-up of this trail points out, you gain some significant ground on this hike before taking the nice (but sometimes slippery rock) trail down to the creek. We saw a few jays on the route, and did the round trip at a modest pace of 2hr 20min.

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Trail Information

Santa Fe National Forest
Nearby City
Santa Fe National Forest
Skill Level
Santa Fe National Forest Headquarters, 11 Forest Ln., Santa Fe 87508; (505) 438-5300
Local Contacts
USGS Santa Fe; Dharma Maps, Santa Fe Explorer, 2012
Local Maps

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