Ascent of Mount Taylor on 2017-07-20

Climber: Charles Russell

Others in Party:Kim Russell
Calvin Russell
Date:Thursday, July 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Mount Taylor
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11301 ft / 3444 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at the Water Canyon Trailhead parking lot just short of the La Mosca lookout tower. The trail to the summit is well marked and easily followed. It is the Continental Divide Trail. it passes through some trees then 2 "turnstiles" before ascending to the summit through the forest. A few switchbacks and you are there. After the second turnstile you are in the woods right up to the summit.

Not sure of the distance, but a subjective estimate of 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot to the summit. We were not hurrying and only took a leisurely pace. The summit was reached in less than an hour, and the return trip was less than 30 minutes. while the view is nice in some areas at the start, the last part if the hike is completely hidden by the trees. This is the route to take if you don't have much time as we did. The views along the Standard "Gooseberry trail" appeared to be much nicer looking from the summit down.
Summary Total Data
    Route:Continental Divide Trail
    Trailhead:Water Canyon Trailhead  -9999 ft / -3047 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy

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