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Best Easy Day Hikes: Santa Fe
by Linda Regnier and Hope Di Paulo (Falcon Guides)
© Third Edition Linda Regnier and Hope Di Paulo/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Started this hike about 6:30 AM with the help of a full moon. The trail is extremely well defined and marked. Starting across from the Ranger station, you hit probably the steepest part for the first mile or so. Since it was still pitch dark, I couldn't see much, but got to see the sunrise over the mountains when I reached the top.
I was a bit disappointed that you never got a clear view towards Santa Fe valley, but overall, it was very peaceful and got the heart pumping. I was short on time, so it was a great hike. Completed it in about 1.5 hours, although I finished it off walking down 475 instead of crossing over and doing the East side.
Overall, if you're in Santa Fe and have a couple of hours and want to take in some great scenery and get a good work out in, this is terrific. If you are into trail running, this would be a great choice as well.
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