Mount Taylor Climber's Log

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asaking11 - Oct 23, 2009 11:30 pm Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2009

Great hike  Sucess!

I hiked this with my little sister, what an awesome view. Fun little hike.


ncst - Oct 20, 2009 8:50 pm Date Climbed: Oct 1, 2009

Short hike  Sucess!

I had breakfast in a route 66 cafe in Grants, then started driving up the mountain, looking for a trail. Saw a sign saying 'La Mosca lookout' and kept driving. From the lookout, full of antennas, and extremely windy, I saw a higher peak and assumed that to be Mt. Taylor. Went down to the saddle and hiked up the 'Gooseberry trail', which took me to the summit in half an hour and made it a really easy summit!, my first one in the US, clear view at the top.

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - Oct 13, 2009 1:39 pm Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2009

north trail  Sucess!

Easy hike into a cloud. No views.

Liba Kopeckova

Liba Kopeckova - Jul 24, 2009 10:07 pm

mountain biking  Sucess!

I did hike, but also mountain biked to the top of this mountain. Would love to do the quadrathlon one day...


Scott - Mar 25, 2009 6:15 pm Date Climbed: Mar 18, 2009

Winter Ascent  Sucess!

I made a winter ascent of Mount Taylor with my six year old son Kessler. The full trip report is below:

Trip Report

It was a rewarding climb and had taken us ten hours and 12 miles round trip. It was a record long distance for him on snowshoes and possibly for me as well.


MoapaPk - Jun 1, 2008 10:41 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 1984

over the meadows  Sucess!

Climbed over the meadows on SE side. Beautiful, after an early snow.


davebobk47 - May 24, 2008 5:18 pm Date Climbed: May 24, 2008

Winter Wonderland  Sucess!

Isn't Memorial Day Weekend supposed to mark the beginning of summer? 18 inches of fresh snow aboce 11k with 3-4 inches at the trailhead. Had a hard time following the trail lower down due to the snow but managed to pick it back up again. Cloud ceiling at 10,900 prevented me from getting any kind of views on the summit. Guess I'll have to come back on a nicer day :)


StumblingBear - May 19, 2008 10:55 am

A Favorite  Sucess!

This is a favorite of mine. The point is spend- the- night- on- the- summit! The summit has no trees but just below are some trees and some really nice camp spots. I usually pick the full moon nights, watch the sun set then the moon rise over a cup of tea.The last section of road before the parking area is the worst part of the climb.


edevart - Oct 10, 2007 2:37 am Date Climbed: Jun 3, 2001

From Grants  Sucess!

Walked up from downtown Grants. Slept on the summit. Awoke in the morning to find a medium sized black bear lifting large boulders and licking up whatever tasty grubs it could find underneath. Hiked as part of the Everett Ruess Trail 2001.


markhyams - Jun 18, 2007 8:58 pm Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2007

via Gooseberry Springs Trail  Sucess!

Fun hike on a beautiful day. Not too hot, even though the high in Abq was 94 that day. For a GPS track of the trail, click here.


miztflip - Mar 13, 2007 1:27 pm Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2007

Quad  Sucess!

Summited at the mid-point of the 2007 Quad. What a great race. I also met fellow SPer Jason Halladay at the race.


weeds19 - Mar 9, 2007 10:24 pm Date Climbed: Feb 21, 2001

Quad Fun  Sucess!

I've been to the top of Taylor twice, both times while running, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing in the Quadrathlon. Great race!


lizrdboy - Feb 25, 2007 10:47 pm

Quadrathalon  Sucess!

Hiked Talor several times, but the best was when I ran the snowshoe leg of the "Quad". We'll I didn't really run up, but definitely down.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Jan 19, 2007 8:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2005

Via Gooseberry Springs Trail  Sucess!

We had difficulty in finding the trailhead. We missed the trail sign twice and drove back and forth. Later during the hike, we we followed by two hunters who thought we were mule deer. We eventually heard them in the forest also and thought that they were the deer. Eventually, we all met on the meadows and had a good laugh.
Pleasant hike and a nice warm up before Wheeler Peak the next day. The slideshow from our hike is here, enjoy:
Mount Taylor hike


surgent - Oct 11, 2006 3:18 pm

Hiked 2000  Sucess!

Fun short 3-hr hike.


woodstrider - Oct 3, 2006 4:09 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2006

Snow white and the 9 older gents  Sucess!

I arrived at night and found that the road was a bit hinky about a mile from the trailhead for the Gooseberry Spring trail so I parked and in the morning I found another road (FR195, which is not marked at it's beginning but is two miles before the Goosebery Trail head) and took that. This led to a bushwhack, which would not surprise anyone who knows me as I often end up off-trail. This led to finding interesting stuff, like "bearing trees" and bears and a race track. Made it to the top to find 9 older gents finishing up lunch. Went down the Trail to see what I had missed and got a lift back to my car. Thanks Frank for the great gorp- it lasted for the rest of my trip.
Walk in Beauty.

I am adding this edit as I see that many people have difficulty finding the trail head.

The trail-head is well marked, there are like three signs, a small parking area big enough for at least 6-8 cars and when I was there someone had laid down white gravel for the first 10 feet of the trail, making it stand out.

I did not get to the trail-head on my visit as I was unsure if my car would make it- there were alot of pot holes and rocks in the road. The problem is that the scenery is a knock out- I think people are just not paying attention. I followed the directions off this page and found them to be spot on.

Midlife Mountaineer

Midlife Mountaineer - Oct 3, 2006 3:54 am Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2006

Route Climbed: Gooseberry Springs  Sucess!

Beautiful day, nice hike, pretty easy trail.

Michael Crofford

Michael Crofford - Sep 13, 2005 1:02 pm

Route Climbed: Trail 77 (Gooesberry Springs Trail) Date Climbed: September 7, 2005  Sucess!

Like the previous poster, I too had difficulty finding the trailhead. After finally finding it, here's my advice:

The only sign is on the left hand side of the road (FR193) where the trailhead is (and it's a small sign that just says 77). However, the parking is directly across on the right side of the road (easily mistaken for a pullout or a camping spot). The trailhead is just after the "sharp turn"....If FR193 diverges with FR193 to the right and FR-Something-Else to the left then you've gone too far.

Other than that a pretty nice hike. Only saw 2 other people.

Garon Coriz

Garon Coriz - Jul 30, 2005 9:56 pm

Route Climbed: Gooseberry Springs Trail Date Climbed: July 30, 2005  Sucess!

Couldn't find the trailhead but made it to the top nonetheless by just walking up.


wbass - Aug 2, 2004 7:43 pm

Route Climbed: Gooseberry Springs Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!

Clouds partially obscured the view, but an excellent hike nonetheless. Would be nice to do in the winter.

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