Ascent of Mount Taylor on 2011-06-03

Climber: Richard Oestreicher

Date:Friday, June 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Taylor
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11301 ft / 3444 m

Ascent Trip Report

John Garner's CHP directions are accurate if you want the shorter hike to the peak. My GPS readings varied slightly from his estimates: 1.7 mi. round trip, 690 feet elevation gain.

Smoke from wildfires in both New Mexico and Arizona had fowled the air all day as I drove down from Taos to Albuquerque and then to Grants, but it seemed to clear a bit as I reached the peak, and was treated to a magnificent, albeit slightly hazy, view. By the time I got back to Grants, however, (after an unsuccessful attempt at the McKinley County hp) the air seemed like thick fog. Many parts of New Mexico have had less rain this year than any year since they started keeping records.Drought combined with unusually strong winds could make this a vicious summer for fires and difficult for local peakbaggers. Many national forests are already closed.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:721 ft / 220 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:721 ft / 220 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Gooseberry Trail
    Trailhead:10580 ft / 3224 m
    Time Up:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Time Down:22 Minutes

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