This is very high altitude, so the usual concerns exist. Likewise, in the summer months, storms can appear suddenly and there's very little cover.
Starting at the Aspen Vista trailhead and following the service road to Tesuque Peak, this route may be short in mileage, but high in physically as it is in altitude. You will ultimately peak out near 12,000' high above Santa Fe and the Rio Grande Valley with views well out to Mt. Taylor, the Sandia Mountains, and the Jemez.
Descending starts off the road down one of Ski Santa Fe's runs. It is steep, loose and rowdy.
Once you see the quad, pedal to the top and enjoy that second view before descending down Tessa's Trail aka Meadow Trail aka Alamos Vista Trail (yes, it has that many names). Tight, race course style descent through stands of aspens make this one of the most memorable, albeit short trails, in the Santa Fe area. Make lots of noise and be polite to hikers, as this tends to be quite popular later in the season.
Local Trail AssociationSanta Fe Fat Tire Society (santafefattiresociety.org)
Trails in Route
AKAMeadow Trail, Tessa's Trail, Gayway, Alamos Vista
Difficulty ratingBlack Diamond
More Stats for Tesuque Peak Loop mountain bike route
Altitude min9,978 ft
Altitude start9,978 ft
Altitude end9,979 ft
Distance climb5 miles
Distance down2 miles
Distance flat1,651 ft
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry