Gooseberry Springs Trail

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New Mexico, United States, North America
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Half a day
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Created On: Jan 25, 2003
Last Edited On: Jan 28, 2003


Start from the Gooseberry Springs trailhead, the directions for which are found in the main page.

Route Description

Routefinding on this trail is very straightforward: simply follow Trail 77 to the summit of Mount Taylor and then reverse the route to descend.

From the trailhead, the trail heads east through a pine grove and then begins to parallel a shallow creekbed through which the waters from Gooseberry Spring flow (sometimes). After a short while, the trail passes a large, metal watering tank, crosses over to the right side of the shallow creekbed, and emerges from the trees onto open, grassy slopes.

The trail continues eastward and begins to climb up the southside of a broad valley that feeds into the creekbed you have been following. The trail continues to climb up to the valley's southern rim, which is actually a ridge separating the valley you are in from another valley to the south. From this ridge, beautiful views to the south and east are found.

The trail then veers to the northeast and passes to the southeast (right) of a small unnamed peak on this ridge. After you pass this small peak, the trail emerges on to a saddle between the unamed peak and the ridge leading up to Mount Taylor. Again, there are excellent views from this saddle.

The trail continues northward and begins to climb up the west (left) side of a broad ridge extending southeast from the summit of Mount Taylor. The trail switches back a couple of times and continues heading northward on the west side of Taylor's south ridge. The trail then passes through a fence and continues on for a quarter mile or so to the summit.

Most of the hike to this point has been on bare slopes, but you will see that there are a great deal of pine and aspen trees near the summit and on the slopes to the east of the summit.

To descend, simply reverse the route. Or, if there is good snow and you brought skis, you can do a descending traverse to the south until you reach the broad valley you ascended earlier, at which point it would be a nice 1,800' descent to the trailhead on open slopes

Essential Gear

No technical gear is required. Bring rain gear and water in summer months. Winter ascents will require appropriate clothing and footwear. After significant snowfalls, bring skis or snowshoes.

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Gooseberry Springs Trail

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