This Santa Fe National Forest trail is a favorite with locals, especially in fall, when it affords views of golden, glittering aspen stands. The 12-mile out and back in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains isn’t an easy one; the trail climbs fairly steeply and is rated difficult. However, if you’re not up for the full mileage, you can easily turn back when your snacks or energy runs out. The trail is accessible for hiking May through October; other months, it may be snowed over, making it suitable for snowshoeing. The trailhead is 20-minutes from downtown.