General Description One of the choices hikers have on this trail is the option of taking the longer route (Trail 174), an approximately 7 miles trip, or starting at the parking-lot near the Ponderosa Ridge development and doing a 4.6-mile loop (Trail 170) instead. The trails eventually merge to...
JillR did this trip on 7/10/2009 and gave it 3 stars out of 5: Beautiful views, but the last part of the hike is uphill all the way. It's too hot in the middle of the day...from trails.com
Extremely difficult, technical, and slow acent. Not for the unconditioned. It has a 3,000 ft elevation change in under 3 miles. Challenging acent, but ridiculous downhill...from mtbr.com
It just keeps getting steeper and steeper! Glad I was on a light hardtail for the times I had to shoulder the bike to climb because it was too hard to push the bike uphil...from singletracks.com
Descriptions from the Web
This hike begins on the outskirts of the city of Santa Fe and affords panoramic views of the Rio Grande valley and the city of Santa Fe as well as an introduction to the vegetation characteristic of the foothills and mountains of this area.
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.
The trail takes you toward the top of Atalaya Mountain, a 9,121-foot peak. The first few miles of the trail are