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St. John's Trail No. 174

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

Phone:
505-753-7331
Basics
Length:
1.5 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Time:
1 hour
Trailhead Elevation:
7340 feet
Elevation Range:
7340 feet to 7888 feet
Elevation Change:
548 feet
Season:
Spring to Fall

Description

From the parking lot, follow the trail east as it winds through the piñon/juniper and drops down into the Arroyo de los Chamisos. The trail picks up again on the other side of the arroyo and then soon crosses it again a second time. From here the trail enters a smaller side arroyo (Arroyo Cabezon) to the east and largely follows the drainage. Soon a sharp left turn will bring you away from the arroyo and up to a private subdivision road. (This is the Wilderness Gate Subdivision road along which is located the small parking lot for Trail 170.) Cross the road, climb the steps, and continue on the trail as it briefly follows the road to the south then turns east and begins to climb. From here on the elevation gain is more pronounced. The trail crosses under a powerline and enters the Santa Fe National Forest. Within a quarter-mile this trail intersects Trail 170. The summit of Atalaya Mountain can be gained by following Trail 170 for another steep four miles.

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:
1.5 miles
Difficulty:
Easy
Time:
1 hour
Trailhead Elevation:
7340
Elevation Range:
7340 feet to 7888
Elevation Change:
548
Season:
Spring to Fall
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Santa Fe Quadrangle
Additional Details:

This is a very busy trail and is used primarily with Trail 170 to either create a short easy loop in the foothills, or to continue on Trail 170 to the summit of Atalaya Mountain.

it offers a larger parking area that can always accommodate vehicles, even when the smaller parking lot for Trail 170 is full. No horses allowed.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Take Camino Cruz Blanca to St. John’s College. After turning right (south) onto their entry road, enter the first parking lot to the left (east). The trailhead is at the east end of the parking lot. From the parking lot to the Santa Fe National Forest boundary (at the powerline), the trail is on private land, so please stay on the trail. Also expect to find water flowing in the arroyos during snowmelt and after summer rains.


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