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Love that you can get to this trail in just a few minutes from anywhere in town. It's a perfect length for a morning or afternoon with just enough challenge (elevation gain) to let you know you've had a work out. However, other than the...More
If you are up for a good 7 mile hike round trip with moderate difficulty this one is for you. The trail starts out at St John College and is a fairly easy hike to start. Once you cross the Wilderness gate the ascent begins....More
In the NE corner of the city, with plenty of parking at the designated lot at St. John's College, it's quite close to most hotels in Santa Fe. It's a busy trail and many locals frequent it. About 6 miles round trip and 1200 feet...More
Atalaya Mountain Hiking Trail, accessed from Parking Area at St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM, is a good long hiking trail with good views of the city... Remember, this is 7,000 to 9,000+ elevation. It is hot in the summer so start early. Wear hiking...More
This hike is a city hike, dry, and easy to access, using the St. Johns parking lot. The trail goes through the Cruz Blanca neighborhood for awhile, but then quickly ascends up the small peak, Atalaya, reaching over 9,000 feet. While steep and gravelly, the...More
The trail itself is mostly excellent, and if you have the fortitude to make it all the way to the top, you will be rewarded with great views. But the trail can get very crowded, and the parking can be impossible. Go off peak or...More
Easy parking at St. John's college. We hiked for about an hour - nice scenery and mostly flat trail. Had my daughter's small dog with us. Not too many people (it was a Friday morning). Recommended if you are in the area.
If you are an average "hardy Brit", I wouldn't anticipate that you would encounter much difficulty on the trail. Obviously you want to have some good Footwear that would be up to the occasional mud/snow you're likely to... More
If you are an average "hardy Brit", I wouldn't anticipate that you would encounter much difficulty on the trail. Obviously you want to have some good Footwear that would be up to the occasional mud/snow you're likely to encounter. You would have the type of outerwear that you would use just getting around Santa Fe during the day plus a little more. Since weather varies a fair amount even from one part of the day to the next you would pick a good day and if things get crappy turn around. When the sun is out, which is usually the case, it can be kind of warm in the middle of the day which is nice.
Response from Bgoodtoall | Reviewed this property |
The Atalaya Trail is a lovely trail. The elevation in the first 3/4-1 mile is not very steep, so it will be a nice walk, and yes, it is worthwhile to walk for a mile or so and back. Take water and wear sun protection. Enjoy!
Response from Michael W | Reviewed this property |
Not a good idea as you are heading up to 9200 feet, so there can be a 15-20 degree drop in temperature from your start point. Prime causes of death for hikers in the area are hypothermia (Winter) and dehydration (any time)..
The responses of others were interesting to read. I wouldn't call this hike strenuous and I am hardly athletic. I've hiked Atalaya several times past the age of fifty and it is one of my favorites. Some of it is steep... More
The responses of others were interesting to read. I wouldn't call this hike strenuous and I am hardly athletic. I've hiked Atalaya several times past the age of fifty and it is one of my favorites. Some of it is steep. One stretch of maybe 30 feet required a bit of hands-and-feet crawling, mostly because it was rocky, but the rest is good trails or open woods. It's not scary. The tough part is the altitude; just a few hundred feet can make a noticeable difference in your oxygen intake here (and this is an elevation of about 2000 feet from the foot to the top), probably much worse for people not used to high altitude activity.