Ascent of Mount Taylor on 2018-05-18

Climber: Will Wente

Others in Party:Zeus
Date:Friday, May 18, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Mount Taylor
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11301 ft / 3444 m

Ascent Trip Report

Departed Albuquerque ~8am and drove to the Gooseberry TH (~9310' elevation). TH was on a heavily graveled and washboarded dirt road, but would be accessible to 2WD. There was only one other vehicle when I started - I met up with the other hiker at the summit. On the way down I passed a group of 6-8 people who'd carpooled in a large van. Otherwise Zeus and I had the entire trail to ourselves.

The first mile was very runnable and we made good time. The remaining two miles to the summit seemed steeper, and given our early season conditioning, we ran/walked. Conditions were very dry, and a cool breeze from the WSW (4-8 mph) had me put on my lightweight jacket at ~2.2 mi (10,700'). Conditions were hazy (smoky) from forest fires in SW NM, so the views of the Sandias to the east were poor.

Summited after 3.07 mi and 55 min. Nice sign at the top with the elevation (11,301') and found the Geodetic Survey marker. Only the one other hiker, who must have gotten an early start. Hung out for a bit with Zeus anxious to keep going, but not to be today. Temperature was 57 F.

Returned via the same route, returning to the car after 30 min downhill run (1:25 total) - a little tough on the knees at times, and definitely had to watch out for the loose, ankle roller rocks. All-in-all a good start to the mountain running season. Eagerly awaiting the higher peaks planned for the summer.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1998 ft / 608 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1998 ft / 608 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.1 mi / 9.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1998 ft / 608 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 4.9 km
    Route:from SW
    Start Trailhead:Gooseberry TH  9303 ft / 2835 m
    Time:55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1998 ft / 608 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 4.9 km
    End Trailhead:Gooseberry TH  9303 ft / 2835 m
    Time:30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Will Wente
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