Deception Peak

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87592

Deception Peak

Deception Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The unmaintained trail to the summit of Deception Peak offers a chance to climb above tree line only a short distance from the Santa Fe Plaza. The weariness brought on by the steep grades of the trail easily melts away amid the grand scenery along the entire second half of the route. From the summit, all of northern New Mexico seems to flow around the base of the mountains.

The higher summit of Lake Peak is less than a half mile away, and confident hikers who can safely scramble on loose rock can extend this trip to include the adjacent peak. In any case, hikers will want to linger on the ridgeline and drink up the sights. Be mindful of the weather—particularly in summer— and be prepared to hustle down from the summit if a storm is brewing."

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Trail Information

Santa Fe
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Late June to mid-October
USGS Aspen Basin; USFS Pecos Wilderness
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