|Moon (l) and Sun (r) Mountains stand above the St. John's campus|
Moon mountain sits just south of Sun Mountain and just west of Atalaya but gets little love from hikers and trail runners. In fact, those two hikes are the most trafficked within city limits yet across the way on Moon one generally has the whole summit to themselves. One explanation may be that the hike to Moon is a bit longer (than Sun), but the obvious problem is that the trail is a lot less defined, un-marked, and requires a bit of adventure and route-finding to get where you're trying to go. I've never seen a map of the area before, printed or otherwise.
|Picacho Peak as seen from the approach|
|Atalaya as seen from the Moon Summit|
|Moon summit - just a bunch of rocks until you put some shoes on them|
|Sun Mountain from the steep west descent off Moon|
One such extender is the convenient linkup with Sun Mountain, though combining the climbs can be a tough effort over the ~5mi distance. The trail runner's prize is a four summit linkup of Sun/Moon/Atalaya/and Picacho. Fun, but quite a bit tougher than it sounds.
Distance: ~4mi loop
Max Elev: 8,085ft
Net Climbing: ~900ft
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- Eldorado Community Preserve Trails
- Picacho Peak Summit