Santa Fe, NM: Atalaya Trail

This challenging 5.8-mile hike climbs through pinon scrub and rust-red ponderosa pine before topping out 2,000 feet above Santa Fe's adobe sprawl.
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This challenging 5.8-mile hike climbs through pinon scrub and rust-red ponderosa pine before topping out 2,000 feet above Santa Fe's adobe sprawl.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.7

Waypoints

ATT001

Location: 35.6684684753418, -105.912010192871

At the trailhead, follow signs towards the Atalaya Trail

ATT002

Location: 35.6683769226074, -105.911270141602

R @ 3-way

ATT003

Location: 35.6671943664551, -105.909156799316

Cross the arroyo and bear R past sign (Trail 174)

ATT004

Location: 35.6671485900879, -105.902053833008

R @ 3-way, up steep pitch

ATT005

Location: 35.6675796508789, -105.90079498291

Cross private road; look back for a view of St. John's and photo-perfect saddle

ATT006

Location: 35.6677017211914, -105.895248413086

Straight through gate on R

ATT008

Location: 35.6687927246094, -105.888122558594

Hammer time: Keep R and climb very steep trail

ATT010

Location: 35.6657562255859, -105.879447937012

Last bit of steeps; summit is near

ATT012

Location: 35.6678428649902, -105.876472473145

Atalaya Mnt. (9,096ft); much-deserved rest and picnic spot with extraordinary views; return to trailhead

ATT011

Location: 35.6654319763184, -105.879119873047

Continue straight, following blue arrows on trees

ATT009

Location: 35.6675262451172, -105.885246276855

Trail dips S then continues E; slippery in winter

ATT007

Location: 35.6703758239746, -105.89217376709

Veer R @ 3-way