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Slownsteady - Jul 25, 2019 5:22 am

Re: Took the first turn for 193

I wish I would have seen this post before we went because we did the exact same thing. The road did not look muddy but about a mile in it turned really slick. Found a place to turn around but instead of turning back we just parked and hiked up the road for a few hours while waiting for the road to dry. No way should anything but a high clearance vehicle be on this section of FR 193. We were in a Suburban.

Did scout out the real trailhead and will hike it another time - the second right turn for FR 193 up 547 a few more miles.

Super Dave

Super Dave - Jun 15, 2019 3:59 pm Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2019

Gooseberry Springs Route  Sucess!

Nice hike up Taylor from Gooseberry Springs. Still a fair amount of snow. Included a side trip to La Mosca LO. Trip Report


technicolorNH - May 28, 2019 8:39 pm Date Climbed: May 21, 2019

Took the first turn for 193  Sucess!

I took the first turn for 193, which left me several miles short of the Gooseberry TH when the road got impassable to passenger cars. Fortunately I was able to road walk the distance, but it made a relatively short hike quite lengthy. Five hours up and four hours down, with a little bushwhacking to cut the road walk a bit short on the way back. Fresh snowfall and iffy weather made it a brisk day but the trail was well laid out and quite pleasant.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Feb 2, 2018 6:49 pm Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2016

3 Peaks  Sucess!

With La Mosca Lookout & 10607.


CharlieRussell - Jul 29, 2017 7:17 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2017

Short Hike  Sucess!

Hiked it from The Water Canyon Trailhead (google that) by the CDT. Easy pace made it up in less than an hour. Return trip <30 minutes. Trail is in good condition and very easily followed though there are no markers directing you to the summit per se. subjective distance is less than 1 mile. Great views from the summit, but the hike is mainly in forest right to the summit.


birdhead - Jun 22, 2017 9:37 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2013

Trail  Sucess!

Nice views of the Sandia Mountains.

Hiked again 7/5/17, along with some of Water Canyon.


hans.schenk - Feb 20, 2017 2:42 pm Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2010

Via Goosberry  Sucess!

Realized I never signed the log! Made it on a nice morning in about 1:10.


pingzingr - Oct 23, 2016 1:59 pm Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2016

Short route  Sucess!

Took the shorter trail to the top from the saddle at the top of FS453 in between La Mosca overlook and Mount Taylor. Only about .75 mile one way. So quick up and back down but then drove FS239 all the way from Mount Taylor northeast to SAN Luis and US550.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Jul 31, 2016 8:31 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2016

Gooseberry Springs  Sucess!

Loved this mountain, this is a great hike to share with your dogs. Spent over an hour on top - ate lunch, did yoga, etc. great chat with some local folks from Acoma.

The camping here is so quiet and serene. We drive just a bit past the trailhead to camp and never saw another vehicle the entire rest of the weekend!

ManyPeaks - Jul 16, 2015 8:33 pm Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2015

Blue Bead Mountain  Sucess!

Headed up the wrong FR 193, make sure you make the turn all the way to where the pavement ends. Regardless, left Gooseberry trailhead at 10:30 A.M., summited at noon. Beautiful and quiet hike, nothing too strenuous but the second half is a decent work out. Terrific views, ran into some guy on his 4 wheel drive up there.

Bezoar Goat

Bezoar Goat - Feb 18, 2014 7:42 pm Date Climbed: Feb 15, 2014

The Quad  Sucess!

I love this event. Thank you to everyone that puts it on. Can't wait to come back next year!


TimmyTee - Oct 14, 2012 1:54 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2011

Nice!  Sucess!

I'm pretty slow ... at the Gooseberry TH @ 0700, on top by 1030.

Chased off the peak by dark clouds, and lots of lightning/thunder that hastened my descent to treeline. But what can one expect in July in New Mexico?


cftbq - Oct 9, 2012 9:39 pm Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2012

Standard route  Sucess!

Hiked up from the Gooseberry Springs TH, then ran down on a beautiful fall day. Nifty peak, good trail all the way.


Kessler - Oct 5, 2012 1:41 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2009

Winter ascent  Sucess!



pattond - Oct 1, 2012 1:35 pm Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012

Mt Taylor 50k  Sucess!

Ran the 1st annual Mt. Taylor 50k race that has the summit at 24 miles. Great race with friends!

KJB - Aug 5, 2012 4:30 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2012

193 n bad shape  Sucess!

Took the Gooseberry route this morning. An enjoyable hike, nothing to add to previous reports except that dirt road to trailhead is barely passable by passenger car. I made it in my Corolla but would not try it again.

Swithich - Jun 18, 2012 3:31 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2012

Nice Cool, Sunny Day  Sucess!

Started at 1PM at the Gooseberry trail head. I reached the summit about 2:30 PM. Note I got off the trail and came up the west ridge of Mount Taylor. This shortened the trip considerably. Stayed at the top for a while to enjoy the sunshine before heading to La Mosca lookout. To get back I reversed my trip heading back over Mount Taylor.

The trail is very well taken care of and I enjoyed the trip thoroughly.



joseyinnet - Oct 10, 2011 7:22 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2011

Fresh snow  Sucess!

Went up after some fresh snow on Saturday morning. It's really a beautiful hike, especially with the snowfall and views of snow capped mountains to the East. With how gorgeous it was, I was kind of surprised that I was the only person on the trail.


twilly - Aug 16, 2011 10:47 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2011

Early start  Sucess!

Started at 5:45 am thinking it would take us a while and there were thunderstorms forecasted. We ended up getting to the summit at 7:15.


jfrishmanIII - May 10, 2011 12:22 am Date Climbed: May 7, 2011

Great hike

Beautiful hike via Gooseberry, though the views were hazy from controlled burns. It was our unborn kid's first 11-er!

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