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Atalaya Mountain Trail (#170)

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (39) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great mountain trail close to town offering wonderful views from the top.


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6.5

Miles

10.5

KM

Out and Back

9,087' 2,770 m

High

7,343' 2,238 m

Low

1,745' 532 m

Up

1,745' 532 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

A justifiably popular hike right out of town.

Description

From a large parking lot at St. John's College, the trail heads north and east. It skirts an arroyo before crossing it to gain the sweet singletrack that climbs and climbs to the summit of Atalaya Mountain.

The trail is well used and is a nice singletrack winding through the forest. There are places that contour around steep hillsides offering views down toward town. The higher you go, the steeper it gets until you top out on a more level view spot.

Near the middle of the trail, there is a steeper and a less steep (but longer) option. They re-join after a bit and either way works fine.

Contacts

Shared By:

Peter Olson with improvements by Nick Wilder and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 39 votes

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  4.5 from 39 votes
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Looking up to the top of Atalaya Trail.  Huskies think snow is a good thing.
Apr 8, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
Atlaya Mountain approach.
Jul 26, 2019 near Santa Fe, NM
Nearing the top of Atalaya Mountain on the Atalaya Trail
Apr 8, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM

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Apr 10, 2022
Chris Rice
Jun 26, 2021
Jaedon S
Beautiful trail, could use more oxygen 3mi
Jun 20, 2021
Matt G
May 30, 2021
Jose Hernandez
6.8mi — 2h 03m
May 22, 2021
Charles Reiger
Mar 21, 2021
Thayla Sullivan
Mar 19, 2021
Al Loy
some snow and icy spots near the top but nothing terrible 6.5mi — 4h 00m
Jun 23, 2020
Nick Wilder
7mi