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Atalaya before breakfast!

Description: Atalaya

Round Trip Hiking Distance:4.5 miles

Hiking Time: 1 to 1.5 hours
Elevations: 7,540'- 9,121
Gain: 1581'
Rating: Strenuous

I am a morning person. Are you? Let's meet early and hike Atalaya and watch the sun rise over Santa Fe. I hike Atalaya regularly to improve my general fitness and conditioning for longer hikes. Believe me, it works. Let me help you do the same. I prefer a brisk pace, but don't feel intimidated. I never leave anyone behind.

Meeting Place

The upper Atalaya trailhead on Camino Cruz Blanca before Wilderness Gate.


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  • Alan

    Thanks for sharing photos of the life of a morning case the unlikely transformation occurs in me becoming one.

    October 7, 2013

    • Bernard T.

      No problem. I do things later in the day as well. Check out my classes at Casa de Tres Lunas: Santa Fe's Best Bike Ride, Prep for Colorado Fourteeners and Backpacking the Escalante Trail in the Grand Canyon. And there are more to come.

      October 8, 2013

  • Bernard T.

    What a great morning. I woke up to rain, but the storm broke right before I began the hike. Great views on top.

    September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it ok to bring dogs? I have 2 well behaved medium hounds, and they like to be off leash once we are out of the residential zones.

    September 16, 2013

    • Bernard T.

      Dogs on Atalaya are fine.

      September 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, sorry couldn't make it today! Do love the idea of early morning hike and will come next time!

      September 19, 2013

  • Jan

    Unfortunately, I can't make it on Thursday so I'm planning on doing it on my own on a Saturday or Sunday. I can see the parking lot on my Google map on my phone. Is the trail obvious from there? Will there be a definite end point? Thanks!

    September 18, 2013

  • Z

    thursday is one day I cant make it :(

    September 16, 2013

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