Albuquerque Senior Centers' Hiking Groups (ASCHG)

Mount Taylor From Gooseberry Spring Hike
In Mount Taylor Region

Hike Id H10020
Last Update 2018-06-20 12:04:26.0
Hike Class D
Hike Miles 6.2
Minimum Elevation 9270
Elevation Gain 2030
Total Uphill 2046
Total Downhill 2046
Avg Grade 13 %
Route Type InOut
Drive Miles Round Trip 200
Drive Time Oneway 1:45
Hiking Seasons Smmr, Fall
Hike Rating (4.0 by 3 hikers)
New Mexico Game Unit 9
All On Trail Yes
GPS Recommended Yes

Highlights A challenging trail for seasoned hikers. Panoramic views from atop Mt Taylor in all directions.

Cautions Steep grade on ascent and descent; thin air at summit; not recommended for hikers with respiratory disorders. Trekking poles recommended.

Trailhead Directions From Albuquerque take I-40 west for about 75 miles to the first Grants exit, I-40B exit 85. Go through town to SR 547 (First St) and turn right. Continue northeast on SR547 which becomes Lobo Canyon Road for about 13 miles. Find FR 193 and turn right. Drive on FR 193 for five miles and look for a small parking area on the right. PARK (0.0 mi) here.

Actual Hike The hike starts across the road at a small Trail No 77 sign. The trail goes northeast in conifer forest, crossing the canyon leading to Gooseberry Spring in about 0.5 miles. Cross the canyon and follow the backward traverse on the other side either on the trail or the two track. At the trail sign be sure to continue UP (0.7 mi) rather than continue on the road. The trees will become more sparse as the climb proceeds. At the 1.3 mile point the trail emerges into a broad upward slope. The next 0.5 miles to the ridge ahead are the steepest part of the climb. The rest of the climb involves a series of traverses over mostly open terrain. There will be great views back to the east and to the south. The trail will be stony and can be difficult. If inclement weather develops the best course of action is to retreat, as the mountain is vulnerable to lightening strikes etc. At the TOP (3.1 mi) there will be views in all directions. You will be at an elevation of 11,300 feet, on top of one of the four defining sacred mountains for the Navajo country.

Comments This is a hike with an average grade of 13% (that's steep), plus all of the hike is above 9200 ft. Expect to go slow with lots of stops. At a slow pace it will take 2:45 to get to the top. The reward is that the views are spectacular. The return takes about 2:00 hours. Allow more time if you make stops for refreshments.

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FR 193: N35 15.390, W107 41.168
PARK: N35 13.200, W107 38.214
UP: N35 13.348, W107 37.809
TOP: N35 14.318, W107 36.507

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GPX:WayTrack, 07Oct10, Garmin, Dick Brown

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Text Author Dick Brown
Map Author Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author Dick Brown
Track Author Dick Brown
Maintainer Vivian Heyward