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.
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful hike via Gooseberry, though the views were hazy from controlled burns. It was our unborn kid's first 11-er!
Prettier than expected hike with great views at the top. Had to share the trail with some stubborn cows.
Awesome hike. We ran into cows and a tree.
Second time on the mountain. Nice one-hour hike from Gooseberry Springs TH to the summit, gorgeous views. On the way back visited Pt. 10,767 on the SE ridge.
I hiked this with my little sister, what an awesome view. Fun little hike.
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.
Easy hike into a cloud. No views.
I did hike, but also mountain biked to the top of this mountain. Would love to do the quadrathlon one day...
I made a winter ascent of Mount Taylor with my six year old son Kessler. The full trip report is below:
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.
Climbed over the meadows on SE side. Beautiful, after an early snow.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
Summited at the mid-point of the 2007 Quad. What a great race. I also met fellow SPer Jason Halladay at the race.
I've been to the top of Taylor twice, both times while running, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing in the Quadrathlon. Great race!