Hiking Project Logo

Sun Mountain Trail

Difficult
 4.0 (2)

Very popular and well travelled local trail in the eastern foothills of Santa Fe.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.3

KM

Point to Point

7,950' 2,423 m

High

7,201' 2,195 m

Low

748' 228 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

44%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views

Need to Know

No bathrooms or port-a-potties. Recommend taking a small bottle of water. Aproximate hiking time to the summit is 30 minutes.

Description

Park on either side of Old Santa Fe Trail near the trailhead. You'll see a hand-carved wood sign reading, “Sun Mountain Trail”. The trail is a very popular and heavily trafficked singletrack route that is used year round, including snowy days in the dead of winter. Santa Feans are very active and love to hike in all types of weather.

The first section of Sun Mountain is an easy, relatively flat approach that meanders through easement-permitted private property with a few adobe pueblo homes on the left and right of the trail. Since Sun Mountain is a steep foothill, the trail begins to gradually turn right in order to gain the eastern slope which transitions into a series of rocky switchbacks which get progressively steeper as you approach the mid section of the mountain.

Near the top, you come upon a large, smooth rock crop that cascades down like a granite waterfall. You'll find hikers sunbathing here in the summer and spring months. It’s a great spot to take a breather and soak in the beautiful views of the Ortiz and Sandia Mountains to the south and southwest and Jemez Mountains to the West. After leaving the big rock crop, the trail moves into the upper section which eventually takes you up a fairly steep, rocky staircase and through a pink and white granite crux to the summit.

Flora & Fauna

Piñon pine, juniper, nopal cactus, yucca, black ravens, mule deer, coyote.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Keller

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes

#4

in Santa Fe

#9352

Overall
  4.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#4

in Santa Fe

#151

in New Mexico

#9,352

Overall
116 Views Last Month
1,917 Since Dec 2, 2018
Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
100%
0%

Photos

Sun Mountain Summit
Dec 7, 2018 near Santa Fe, NM
Summit Fever - Sun Mountain
Dec 7, 2018 near Santa Fe, NM
Summit of Sun Mountain
Dec 7, 2018 near Santa Fe, NM
Sunset on Sun Mountain
Dec 7, 2018 near Santa Fe, NM
"Granite Waterfall" rock crop formation on Sun Mountain Trail
Dec 7, 2018 near Santa Fe, NM
Nature artwork in secret location on summit of Sun Mountain...can you find it?
Dec 7, 2018 near Santa Fe, NM

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
All Clear 9 days ago See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Mar 15, 2020
Celeste Herrera
Mar 24, 2019
Monica B