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Ascent of Mount Taylor on 2011-08-06

Climber: Phil Robinson

Others in Party:My wife Linda
my friend Jim and his wife Diane
Date:Saturday, August 6, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Taylor
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11301 ft / 3444 m

Ascent Trip Report

We arrived at Gooseberry trailhead (#77) at 9:00 AM, on August 6, 2011 after a 2.5 hour drive from the Albuquerque area. From Grants take highway 547 to highway 193 then drive about 4 or 5 miles to the trailhead. There is currently a hikers sign there. The skies were clear and the air was very fresh when my wife and I and my friend Jim and his wife Diane started hiking. The starting elevation is 9300 feet heading to the top of Mount Taylor, elevation 11,301 feet. It rained a lot the night before and everything was green and fresh. It is a beautiful hike through a forest mixed with ponderosa pine, blue spruce and aspen. The forest opens up to meadows with beautiful views in all directions. Once at the ridge you follow some large switchbacks and then you are at the top. It took about 2.5 hours to reach the top. It was a little work but not too difficult. We stayed at the top for about and hour, watched the clear skies began to turn cloudy then headed down. It only took two hours to return. We got back at the car at 2:30 after hiking about 7 miles. I have mostly had an interested in hiking the New Mexico 12K and 13K peaks. There are 66 of them counting major and minor peaks, and I have done 48 of them. That leaves only 18, so I decided to start hiking some of the 11K peaks and this is my second. We returned to Albuquerque and had some wonderful New Mexican food at my favorite New Mexican restaurant, Los Cuates.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2001 ft / 610 m
    Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2001 ft / 610 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Gooseberry Trail to top
    Trailhead:9300 ft / 2834 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km



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