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Atalaya Plus - Moderate to Strenuous

You are cordially invited to join Z and me on a classic Santa Fe peak that I have never done before. Z is the real leader here, since she knows the mountain intimately and her route sounds more exciting than the standard out and back route up Atalaya. She has agreed to show us her way and demonstrate her outstanding leadership skills so we can bag a few more peaks along the way. Expect fresh snow and cold weather. Plan on an early dinner in Santa Fe before heading back to Albuquerque.

Stats: According to the Sierra Club's hikes around Santa Fe book, the round-trip hike to Atalaya is 5 miles with 1,781 feet of elevation gain. Z said her route has around 3,500 feet of elevation gain and more miles.

Gear: Cold weather gear, waterproof shoes, and a traction aide. If there is snow, I recommend bringing gaiters and hiking poles with snow baskets.

Who should go: Fit hikers who are capable of hiking at a moderate pace with few or no stops to the summit.  

Albuquerque folks will still meet at the same time and place but read Z's comment regarding where we will meet in Santa Fe.


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  • Bill

    Thanks Z! Great leader! Fun company! Kick ass workout! I am the newbie, Doug was the whinnie! Lol.

    5 days ago

  • Z

    Thanxs for joining me. It was fun taking newbies to the area! Despite the whining 😱 😜

    6 days ago

  • Doug F.

    Great hike and workout Z! I'd give you 7.6 stars if I could. Was glad to have an opportunity to learn where the locals in Santa Fe hike while bagging 4 more peaks. Was much harder than anticipated, but in a good way.

    6 days ago

  • Heyoung M.

    Thank you Z and Doug for a great hike - beautiful on this crisp day!

    December 3

  • Z

    I'll be at the trail head at 9:30. See you guys in the morn

    December 2

    • Doug F.

      Keep your heater on as we may not make it till 9:45. I look forward to doing this hike with you.

      December 2

  • Z

    Also, I highly recommend bringing poles, we will beginning on a fairly steep rocky trail and there's a chance it could be icy

    December 2

  • Carol

    I'm bowing out of the hike this Saturday to help some friends move house (lots of boxes to carry!) But I know you'll have a great route and guide to take you through all the loops here in Santa Fe!

    Have a great time together... and I'll watch for future hiking opportunities!

    November 30

    • Carol

      Have a good hike... and I hope to join in a future hike... and with you, too, Z!

      December 1

    • Doug F.

      I was joking Carol.

      December 2

  • Z

    New plan is to meet at the Sun Mountain Trail head which is on Old Santa Fe Trail, 1/4 mile north of the intersection with East Zia Road. The parking is on the street. Look for a gate and other cars parked on the road. The hike will be over Sun Mountain (Monte Sol) and then to Moon Mountain (Monte Luna) then over to Atalyaya and Pachacho and then back over Sun again to the cars. Expect some fabulous views of Santa fe!

    November 30

    • Doug F.

      Thanks Z, you are awesome!

      November 30

  • Doug F.

    Z will mostly lead this hike. I will keep the rear to make sure nobody gets left behind. Please read Z's comment below!

    November 30

  • Carol

    The Atalaya-Picacho Loop is a great way to take in these two peaks together. Currently, we're expecting snow in Santa Fe on Friday (1-3 inches), so traction aids for the Saturday climb would likely be highly desirable!

    November 28

    • Doug F.

      Thank you for joining us Carol! Your expertise and knowledge of the area will be appreciated in leading the group to Picacho.

      November 28

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