Atalaya Peak is directly east of downtown Santa Fe and commands excellent views of the city, the Jemez Mountains, the Ortiz Mountains, Tetilla Peak and the Sandia Mountains among others. This is a great starting point because:
• Atalaya's proximity to the city is close.
• Easy access to the trailhead.
• Atalaya can be hiked in a short period of time.
• Helps folks who are new to the area acclimate and get their bearings.
Although there are two rather steeps sections of the trail, Atalaya is doable by the average person with an average level of fitness. To keep this a beginner hike, I will moderate the pace to accommodate the needs of the group.
We will meet at the parking lot next to the entrance to the Wilderness Gate Subdivision and the Dorothy Stewart Trailhead. Will then then walk the private road to the trailhead and begin the hike. After enjoying the view and having a light snack we will return to the cars.
Round trip distance: 4.5 miles
Hiking Time: 2 hours - 2.5 hours
Elevations: 7,540'- 9,121
Elevation gain: 1,581 Feet
• 1) Review local maps of the Santa Fe area.
• 2) Identify landmarks from the summit.
• Rain jacket, gloves and warm clothing layers
• Good hiking shoes or boot