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Atalaya Mountain Trail (#170)

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (33) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

6.5

Miles

10.5

KM

Loop

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 Unknown

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

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 33 votes

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Photos

Atlaya Mountain approach.
Jul 26, 2019 near Santa Fe, NM
Looking up to the top of Atalaya Trail.  Huskies think snow is a good thing.
Apr 8, 2015 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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Jun 23, 2020
Nick Wilder
7mi
Jun 11, 2020
Joan Signorille
Beautiful trail. Well marked. 5.7mi — 3h 15m
Mar 29, 2020
DaSh I
Connected a few other trails to summit. About 6 miles round trip.
Feb 17, 2020
Eben Travis
6.3mi — 2h 50m
Nov 16, 2019
Michael Capelle
Took Atalaya Trail up to top of Mountain, then looped back on Hard Atalaya and St John's Arroyo Trails. Needed a GPS on.Hard Trl—somewhat sketchy. — 3h 22m
Jun 21, 2019
DAVID LOWE
Great trial. Some steep climbing but great views on top. — 1h 30m
May 27, 2019
Jeff S
May 20, 2019
Kandice Klumb