What we’re about
On behalf of all the organizers of the Santa Fe Hiking Meetup group – welcome! We have a fantastic bunch of people, you’ll find everyone friendly and fun to hike with, and we think you will really enjoy the hikes. Meet other local hiking enthusiasts and those who are dedicated to hiking excursions near and far!
Browse around on our site in the Pages section and take a look at our information about hiking preparation, etiquette, safety, and gear – good preparation for hiking with our group.
Everyone's pace is different and we want everyone to have fun. Should you find yourself on a hike that is too fast or too slow for you, your fun-factor is diminished. When using terms like “moderate” and “strenuous” each person interprets these terms differently. We want you to know what to expect from a hike and have the most amount of fun, so we have established a method to get everyone using the same guidelines. Read our Hike Ratings for more information.
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We look forward to hiking with you.
The Santa Fe Hiking Meetup organizers
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- PICACHO PEAK HIKE FROM CERRO GORDOCerro Gordo Trail head, Santa Fe, NM
We are going to Picacho Peak shortest way: 4.5 miles round trip, and elevation 800F, so, it’s moderate hike through beautiful rocky forest, moderate hike with mind blowing views!
Pace is slow, so newcomers can adjust!
Let Daria know, if you’re not attending by texting: 5059301484
- SLOW HIKE: LA TIERRA LOOPCalabasas Trail Head (La Tierra Trails), Santa Fe, NM
Distance: 3.5 miles
Elevation gain: 400 feet
Max altitude: 7,200 feet
Pace: 1-2 miles per hour
SLOW HIKES feature a more moderate pace. We also take ten-minute breaks every mile or so to refresh and enjoy the scenery. Just be sure you can walk continuously for about an hour in town and can handle moderate ups and downs on a dirt footpath with some loose footing.
This attractive loop close to town takes a lesser-traveled arroyo heading west past small cliffs and through healthy pinyon juniper terrain. We return eastward over several small summits with excellent views of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains. The climbs are moderate and there are no steep or rocky sections. There is potential for mud in the arroyo if it’s been wet lately. Total time for the hike should be about two hours.
WHAT TO BRING
· Sturdy closed-toe hiking boots or running/walking shoes
· Sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
· Extra clothing layer plus windbreaker or rain jacket
· At least 1 liter/quart of water
· Ziploc bag for trash
· Trekking poles recommended
Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome.
We'll meet at the Calabasas Trailhead for this hike.
Please arrive in time to start promptly on the hour. We'll wait five minutes for latecomers then leave.
If you can't make it, please cancel 24 hours in advance, if possible, so somebody else can take the spot.
Note, I require all newcomers to sign a one-time liability release.
Hikes are generally storm or shine. (My guideline is to proceed unless the National Weather Service is calling for more than a 50% chance of storms.)
Please check Meetup an hour before the hike for any last-minute changes. (Having the app on your phone makes this easier.)
Please message me on Meetup if you're cancelling or running late.
We’ll meet at the Calabasas Trailhead. From the 599 Bypass, exit onto Camino de los Montoyas headed north. Proceed about 1.2 miles and turn right into the small dirt parking lot.
Look for my silver SUV with the back up.
NOTE: do not leave valuables in your car in this area.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
I'm an engineer who early-retired to Santa Fe in 2013. I have five decades of hiking, biking, and technical rock-climbing experience. As a boy, I hiked much of the southern half of the Appalachian Trail, and in my 60s I completed a section hike of the 500-mile Colorado Trail. I hike using SideStix forearm crutches, which I'm happy to explain if you're interested.
- SUNSET HIKE AROUND DALE BALL TRAILS FOR NEWCOMERS FROM LOW ALTITUDE PLACESDale Ball: Sierra del Norte Parking Lot, Santa Fe, NM
This is going to be long hike around Dale Ball Trails, which will take you to Little Tesuque Trail and back.
It’s an easy hike, and we migh take spikes just in case of patches of ice going up and down all the time!
It’s a beautiful Santa Fe hike, and not too much elevation gain: altogether 400F.
Everyone, who hadn’t been hiking for a long time can get some workout!
I invite newcomers from low altitude to join Dale Ball Trails hikes before you go to any altitude hikes in Santa Fe National Forest!
Wait time is 5 min!
Let Daria know, if you’re not able to attend, because she’s got annoying habit to wait for those, who are always late!
- GREAT SAND DUNES IN COLORADO DAY TRIPBehind Albertson's, Santa Fe, NM
It’s 7 hours of total driving to Great Sand Dunes and back altogether!
So, we’re going to carpool and use GPS for directions!
Our whole day in Colorado will be driving and snowshoeing In sand dunes for couple of hours!
That’s why it’s such an early start!
Please take lunch and water with you!
Poles and hats are helpful!!!
The most beautiful roadtrip, and the whole event is fascinating !
Of course, in case of snowfall in Northern NM and Colorado that weekend, we’re changing dates of our adventure: no driving snowy roads!
Share your insights and suggestions on our Meetup page!
Let Daria know about any changes beforehand!
5059301484 - only text!