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Ponderosa Ridge Trail No. 170

Contact Info
Santa Fe National Forest
1710 N. Riverside Drive
Española, NM 87532

Phone:
505-753-7331
Basics
Length:
2.75 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7540 feet
Elevation Range:
7540 feet to 9121 feet
Elevation Change:
1581 feet
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Spring to Fall

Description

The trail starts at the small parking lot, and follows the stucco wall south along the subdivision road 200 feet, then turns left (east) into the Ponderosa Ridge Subdivision. Walk around the entry gate and continue on this road approximately 500 yards to the cul de sac, steps, and Forest boundary. Follow the switchbacks as the trail rapidly gains elevation. The trail meets Trail 174 within a half-mile. Bear left (north) and follow the ridgeline to the summit of Atalaya Mountain, another 2 miles. There are a few, unsigned side trails that can be misleading.

Tour Companies

  • Santa Fe Area
  • Snowshoeing, Hiking
  • 505-660-0394

Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing From alpine to desert, Outspire guides enrich your experience by giving context to your hike. So that your destination is not only what you see, but a sense of where the area fits in New Mexico's history, geology and natural world. Our hiking guides are experienced, enthusiastic, and motivated to share the joy of being outside! Day hikes and winter snowshoe outings are planned to suit your interests and fitness.

Details

Length:
2.75 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
2 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
7540
Elevation Range:
7540 feet to 9121
Elevation Change:
1581
Usage:
Moderate
Season:
Spring to Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Santa Fe Quadrangle
Additional Details:

Atalaya Mountain trails are popular due to their close proximity to Santa Fe as well as the excellent views afforded from the top.

Dramatic views of the city, and the Sandia, Ortiz, and Jemez mountain ranges are offered at the summit and hikers are encouraged to stay (and catch their breath) after the 1,700 foot climb.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Take Camino Cruz Blanca past St. John’s College and turn right on the private subdivision road (Ponderosa Ridge and Wilderness Gate). Parking for the trail is at the small lot immediately to your left, before the two pillars. Public vehicle use is not allowed on the private road beyond the two pillars. From the pillars to the Santa Fe National Forest boundary (at the powerline) the trail is on private land, so please stay on the trail or road.


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