7 miles
Distance
2,110 ft
Climb
-2,110 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

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.

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Trails in Route

Aspen Vista5 miles
Gayway4,098 ft
Alamos Vista1 miles

Details

  • Riding area
  • AKA
    Meadow Trail, Tessa's Trail, Gayway, Alamos Vista
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Direction
    One Direction
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Ridelogs
    12
More Stats for Tesuque Peak Loop mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    9,978 ft
  • Altitude start
    9,978 ft
  • Altitude end
    9,979 ft
  • Grade
    0.002%
  • Grade max
    -35.33%
  • Grade min
    38.226%
  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,651 ft
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      traildateconditiondescription
      Aspen Vista
      Jan 9, 2019 @ 9:55am
      Jan 9, 2019
      Good for about 3 miles then turns to ski track
      Alamos Vista
      Oct 23, 2018 @ 1:13pm
      Oct 23, 2018
      First major snows
      Gayway
      Jul 12, 2018 @ 9:55pm
      Jul 12, 2018
      The SFNF forest closure is over! reporter
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