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Atalaya Mountain Trail (#170)

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (39) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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6.5

Miles

10.5

KM

75%

Runnable

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 Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

A justifiably popular run right out of town.

Runner Notes

This trail can get pretty steep and is very popular with hikers and some mountain bikers.

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 and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 39 votes

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  4.5 from 39 votes
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Photos

Nearing the top of Atalaya Mountain on the Atalaya Trail
Apr 8, 2015 near Santa Fe, NM
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

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Mar 19, 2022
Scott Abshire
Beautiful trail right in town. I descended the Ridge trail and made an 8.7m loop. Highly recommend 8.7mi — 2h 16m
Dec 24, 2021
Courtney Sacco
Nov 28, 2021
Quindi Franco
Tried coming back down hard atlyaya, v hard to follow. had to back track a few times. but great! 10.1mi — 2h 20m
Jul 10, 2020
Ryan Baumann
Aug 14, 2018
Jacob D.
7mi
Jul 17, 2018
Jacob D.
7mi
Jul 14, 2018
Tiffany Fowler
5mi — 5h 00m
Apr 1, 2018
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