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519 mi 836 km of trail 11 Featured Hikes

Easy Trails 28 Trails Intermediate Trails 79 Trails Hard Trails 6 Trails

Some of the most exquisite alpine scenery in the Southwest is found in this National Forest. Here, you can find the headwaters of Pecos, Jemez, and Gallinas Rivers; mountain streams; lakes; and trout fishing. Consider visiting one of many nearby Indian pueblos, Spanish missions, and Indian ruins. Golden aspens grace the high country from September to October and snow blankets Santa Fe Ski Basin in winter.

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Featured Hikes in Santa Fe National Forest - 11

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Favorite Action Hop atop Lake Peak.
Difficult

Raven's Ridge to Lake Peak Loop

10.6 mi 17.0 km • Loop • 2,650 ft Ascent 807.59 m Ascent

(17) Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Near Battleship Rock.
Intermediate

McCauley Hot Springs Out and Back

3.6 mi 5.8 km • Loop • 722 ft Ascent 220.2 m Ascent

(15) Jemez P…, NM
Favorite Scanning the route to the pointy Truchas peaks in the distance.
Intermediate/Difficult

Double Baldy with a side of Redondo

18.8 mi 30.2 km • Loop • 4,344 ft Ascent 1324.03 m Ascent

(4) Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Valles Toledo and the northeastern corner of Valles Caldera National Preserve looking northwest from Pajarito Mountain.
Intermediate

Pajarito Mountain Loop

4.9 mi 7.9 km • Loop • 1,246 ft Ascent 379.79 m Ascent

(2) Los Alamos, NM
Favorite Lots of fun bridges on the Winsor Trail
Intermediate

Chamisa Trail Loop via Saddleback and Windsor

9.9 mi 16.0 km • Loop • 1,908 ft Ascent 581.68 m Ascent

(12) Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Redondo Peak looking west into the Valles Caldera.
Intermediate/Difficult

Pajarito Ski Hill to Los Alamos North

8.7 mi 14.1 km • Point to Point • 770 ft Ascent 234.56 m Ascent

(2) Los Alamos, NM
Favorite Los Alamos Natural Arch looking northwest.
Difficult

Los Alamos Natural Arch Out-and-Back

4.3 mi 7.0 km • Out and Back • 806 ft Ascent 245.59 m Ascent

(2) Los Alamos, NM
Favorite One step at a time
Intermediate

Dale Ball to Big T Campground

24.0 mi 38.7 km • Out and Back • 4,380 ft Ascent 1335.13 m Ascent

(3) Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Surveying the route up, and enjoying the view
Intermediate/Difficult

Ski Santa Fe Loop

13.6 mi 21.9 km • Loop • 3,245 ft Ascent 988.99 m Ascent

(1) Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Action Hop atop Lake Peak.
Difficult

Bear Wallow to Lake Peak

15.8 mi 25.4 km • Loop • 4,661 ft Ascent 1420.59 m Ascent

(1) Santa Fe, NM
Favorite Fall wildflowers in Cabra Canyon looking northeast towards Guaje Mountain.
Intermediate

Barranca Mesa-Guaje Mtn-Guaje Canyon

6.6 mi 10.6 km • Loop • 1,683 ft Ascent 513.09 m Ascent

(1) Los Alamos, NM

Trails in Santa Fe National Forest - 102

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3.5 mi 5.6 km #1Atalaya Mountain Trail (#170)
Intermediate
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate
3.5 mi 5.6 km Santa Fe, NM 29 
73.8 mi 118.8 km #2Skyline Trail #251
Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Difficult
73.8 mi 118.8 km Santa Fe, NM
9.2 mi 14.7 km #3Hermit's Peak Trail #223
Intermediate/Difficult
Las Vegas, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
9.2 mi 14.7 km Las Vegas, NM
0.5 mi 0.9 km #4Hermit's Peak Summit Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Mora, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
0.5 mi 0.9 km Mora, NM
3.6 mi 5.8 km #5Santa Fe Baldy to Redondo Peak Ridgeline
Intermediate/Difficult
Nambe, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
3.6 mi 5.8 km Nambe, NM
1.1 mi 1.7 km #6Picacho Peak - Atalaya Mountain Connector
Intermediate/Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
1.1 mi 1.7 km Santa Fe, NM
4.3 mi 6.9 km #7Soda Springs Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
White Rock, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
4.3 mi 6.9 km White Rock, NM
1.3 mi 2.2 km #8La Piedra
Intermediate
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate
1.3 mi 2.2 km Santa Fe, NM
3.0 mi 4.8 km #9Rendija Trail #279
Easy/Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
Easy/Intermediate
3.0 mi 4.8 km Los Alamos, NM
20.1 mi 32.4 km #10CDT: Los Pinos TH (NM Sec. 25)
Intermediate/Difficult
Santa Teresa, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
20.1 mi 32.4 km Santa Teresa, NM
1.1 mi 1.8 km #11Ashley Pond
Easy
Los Alamos, NM
Easy
1.1 mi 1.8 km Los Alamos, NM
0.6 mi 1.0 km #12Rim Run
Easy
Los Alamos, NM
Easy
0.6 mi 1.0 km Los Alamos, NM
5.9 mi 9.5 km #13Aspen Vista
Intermediate
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate
5.9 mi 9.5 km Santa Fe, NM
22.2 mi 35.7 km #14Borrego Trail
Intermediate
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate
22.2 mi 35.7 km Santa Fe, NM
5.0 mi 8.1 km #15Dale Ball South
Intermediate/Difficult
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
5.0 mi 8.1 km Santa Fe, NM
2.4 mi 3.8 km #16Mitchell Trail #69
Intermediate/Difficult
Los Alamos, NM
Intermediate/Difficult
2.4 mi 3.8 km Los Alamos, NM
4.0 mi 6.5 km #17Cañon de Valle Trail
Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
Intermediate
4.0 mi 6.5 km Los Alamos, NM
23.9 mi 38.5 km #18Winsor National Recreation Trail
Intermediate
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate
23.9 mi 38.5 km Santa Fe, NM
4.9 mi 7.8 km #19Dale Ball North
Intermediate
Santa Fe, NM
Intermediate
4.9 mi 7.8 km Santa Fe, NM
2.9 mi 4.7 km #20Quemazon Trail
Intermediate
Los Alamos, NM
Intermediate
2.9 mi 4.7 km Los Alamos, NM

Photos of Santa Fe National Forest - 149

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Action Hop atop Lake Peak.
Aug 24, 2016 near Santa Fe, NM
Santa Fe Baldy Composite
Apr 2, 2015 near Nambe, NM
Atop Tesuque Peak looking towards Santa Fe Lake
Apr 2, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
Big Horn ewes on the move, near the Lake Peak Traverse Trail.
Apr 1, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
Valles Toledo and the northeastern corner of Valles Caldera National Preserve looking northwest from Pajarito Mountain.
Oct 16, 2016 near Los Alamos, NM
Scanning the route to the pointy Truchas peaks in the distance.
Jul 6, 2015 near Nambe, NM
Ultradog takes a mid-run swim.
Oct 5, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
Lush grass through Horse Thief Meadows
Jul 6, 2015 near Nambe, NM

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