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Moon Mountain Trail

Intermediate

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0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 615' 187 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 8,073' 2,461 m
Low: 7,458' 2,273 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)

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Moon Mountain Trail via St. John's College in Santa Fe.

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Starting from the Atalaya Mountain Trail parking lot at St. John's College, head southeast along Trail 174 as it winds down and merges with the St John's Arroyo. Pass the Atalaya Mountain Trail (#170) trailhead and continue up the service road to the left of the large, green water tower.

From there, you'll see a wide trail that gradually ascends to the saddle between Sun and Moon Mountain. After taking in views, hike down a bit and look left for a singletrack trail that points in the direction of Moon Mountain. The slope is fairly gradual at first but turns modestly steep in the middle section and more steep and rocky in the upper section. Be prepared to hike a rugged trail and scramble up steep, large boulders near the top before it levels off and easily takes you to the summit.

From the summit, you'll enjoy nice surrounding views of Santa Fe and sister foothill Sun Mountain to the north. Overall, this makes for a great in-town day hike!

Flora & Fauna

Pinon pine, junniper, sage, cactus.

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