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Lower Aspen Vista Trail, NM
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Lower Aspen Vista Trail, NM 
Lower Aspen Vista Trail, NM
 
Hiking3.09 Miles 882 AEG
Hiking3.09 Miles   1 Hour   29 Mns   2.08 mph
882 ft AEG
 
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I have never been hiking around the Santa Fe area so Ginny and I decided to spend three days exploring the area. The Sangre De Cristo Mountains in the Santa Fe National Forest is where we will be hiking. We got to Santa Fe around noon, did the tourist thing checking out Loretto Chapel and a few shops then headed up the mountain. We did two short hikes, the first along the Aspen Vista Trail. We did the lower part of the trail for a 3.1 mile hike.

The Aspen vista trail is actually a service road that heads up to the 12000 foot Tesuque Peak with its radio towers. Easy walking through Aspen forest, at least on the lower part. I can’t say I have ever seen such a large stand of aspen trees, lots of Yellow. The peak color was probably the week prior to us getting there but it was still spectacular. Some good views looking west over Santa Fe. Probably in two days we will take this trail again except continue on up to Tesuque Peak.

The trail head has a large parking area to accommodate the crowds doing this hike. There were quite a few people on the trail all doing the same thing we were doing, enjoying the show. There is road construction on the lower part of the mountain so expect a 15 to 30 minute wait as they shuttle you through. Not sure how long this will be going on, I heard another week or two.
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Autumn Foliage Observation Extreme
Aspen trees in full color probably peaked a week ago at this elevation

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