Ascent of Mount Taylor on 2013-06-27

Climber: Rob Anthony

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, June 27, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Taylor
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11301 ft / 3444 m

Ascent Trip Report

Woke up early to drive out to Grants to get in some hikes before they shut down the Mount Taylor Ranger district due to fire dangers. In hindsight, I would have left the night before and camped out at Coal Mine campground located a few miles from the Gooseberry trail.

Took FR 193 out to the trail head, which was a little bit rough, but doable in my old lowered BMW. There is a large parking area for 5 or so cars by the TH. In order to meet my hiking elevation gain requirement for the peak (half the prominence), I started a bit further south on the unimproved part of FR 193. Passed 10 people on the way to the summit, which offers spectacular views of central New Mexico (Sandias, Manzanoes, Magdalenas, the Jemez, and the Sierra Ladrones are all easily visible on a moderately clear day). Rayleigh and I met a group of Keck interns on the summit and he enjoyed visiting them and begging for food (especially carrots!).

Signed the register and jogged back down to the parking lot. This is a pretty easy peak to climb, especially given its impressive prominence.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2309 ft / 703 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2201 ft / 670 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.8 mi / 10.9 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2209 ft / 673 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2109 ft / 643 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:Gooseberry Springs Trail
    Start Trailhead:Corrals on FR 193  9192 ft / 2801 m
    Time:1 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2101 ft / 640 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2001 ft / 610 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Route:Gooseberry Springs Trail
    End Trailhead:Gooseberry Springs Parking Lot  9300 ft / 2834 m
    Time:44 Minutes

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