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Mount Taylor
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At an elevation of 11,300 feet, this towering mountain is comprised of thick lava flows and extrusive domes due to volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.
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505badgolfer
Albuquerque, NM362 contributions
Oct 2015 • Friends
I did this hike last week with a hiking group. Hike is usually done in the spring or fall to avoid summer heat and the threat of summer thunderstorms. The second half of the ascent is above the treeline with majestic views - but no cover. As of last week, the last five miles of the dirt road leading to the trail head was in bad shape, and I'd only recommend a high clearance vehicle.

Trail head Directions From Albuquerque take I-40 west for about 75 miles to the first Grants exit, I-40B exit 85. Go through town to SR 547 (First St) and turn right. Continue northeast on SR547 which becomes Lobo Canyon Road for about 13 miles. Find FR 193 and turn right. Drive on FR 193 for five miles and look for a small parking area on the right. PARK (0.0 mi) here.

Actual Hike The hike starts across the road at a small Trail No 77 sign. The trail goes northeast in conifer forest, crossing the canyon leading to Gooseberry Spring in about 0.5 miles. Cross the canyon and follow the backward traverse on the other side either on the trail or the two track. At the trail sign be sure to continue UP (0.7 mi) rather than continue on the road. The trees will become more sparse as the climb proceeds. At the 1.3 mile point the trail emerges into a broad upward slope. The next 0.5 miles to the ridge ahead are the steepest part of the climb. The rest of the climb involves a series of traverses over mostly open terrain. There will be great views back to the east and to the south. The trail will be stony and can be difficult. If inclement weather develops the best course of action is to retreat, as the mountain is vulnerable to lightening strikes etc. At the TOP (3.1 mi) there will be views in all directions. You will be at an elevation of 11,300 feet, on top of one of the four defining sacred mountains for the Navajo country.

Comments This is a hike with an average grade of 13% (that's steep), plus all of the hike is above 9200 ft. Expect to go slow with lots of stops. At a slow pace it will take 2:45 to get to the top. The reward is that the views are spectacular. The return takes about 2:00 hours. Allow more time if you make stops for refreshments.

Waypoints
FR 193: N 35 15.390, W 107 41.168
PARK: N 35 13.200, W 107 38.214
UP: N 35 13.348, W 107 37.809
TOP: N 35 14.318, W 107 36.507
Written October 17, 2015
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Biotourist
Garland, TX224 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Mount Taylor is a sacred mountain for the Navajo and several pueblo tribes of New Mexico. It is located north of Grants, NM, which is 82 miles west of Albuquerque on I-40. Finding the trail is perhaps more difficult than the hike itself. One takes NM 547 north from the town, but no sign exists on Santa Fe Avenue (the main road through town from the Interstate). Instead, look for 1st Street. After 13 miles, the unpaved road leading to the trail head, FR 193, takes off inconspicuously to the right. (Look for a pull-off and Forest Service signs on the left.) Then one drives 5+ miles until reaching a pull-off on the right and a green trail sign, "Trail 77", on the left. The elevation at this point is about 9,300 ft. Don't be fooled by a pull-off on the right at 4 miles, with a trail heading off both to the left and to the right; this is the Continental Divide Trail. The road itself is poorly maintained, and should only be attempted in a truck, preferably with AWD or 4WD.

The hike itself is very straightforward: 3+ miles of steady climbing, at first through pine forest, then straight through an open meadow, around the side of a smaller peak through scattered blue spruce with a canyon dropping off to your right, and finally up a series of switchbacks with extensive views to the south until reaching the peak itself, at (according to the signpost) 11,301 feet elevation. This is still below tree-line, but there are great views in all directions except to the north. The elevation gain is therefore only about 2000 feet, and the climb is not particularly strenuous--unless, like me, you arrived only 36 hours earlier from a city at 500 feet elevation. A longer period of acclimation would have made the hike seem easy, so gradual is the climb. We took 5 hours round-trip, including about half an hour at the summit. We had a most enjoyable day, and felt well rewarded for our exertions by the fine views at the summit and along the way.

We made the hike in mid-summer, with the temperature on the mountain a pleasant 20 degrees below that of Albuquerque. Winds were moderate, but no doubt could could have become strong at times, and summer afternoon storms would also have been problematic. Aspens were not in great abundance, but their color would have made a fall hike in good weather a worthwhile experience.
Written August 24, 2015
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Phatbenny
Columbus, OH99 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
Climbed this March 25th with wife, twin 10yr old boys, and brother.. Take the Lobo Canyon Road (547) for 13 miles. Then turn right onto Forest Road 193. FR 193 is in rough shape. We were in a rented minivan. We had to take it super slow to avoid having rocks scrape the underside of the car. My wife was worried we would rip the gas tank off, and then what would we do being in the middle of nowhere. At 4.5 miles in (1/2 mile from the trailhead), there was a downhill section that we scouted out and did not see a way we could go to avoid rock scrapage, so we backed up and parked on the side of the road, and hiked the last half mile to the trailhead. There is a small parking lot and a sign with hiking stick figures. One car was there. We started hiking at 9:30. The first part is all woods. We crossed a little stream and then the woods got snowier. Two of us put in rented snowshoes for this stretch. Finally you get out of the woods and there is a long open uphill, kind of like walking up a super wide ski slope. There was some snow but mostly grass and mud, so we took off the snowshoes. Cow patties in this area surprised us. The only wildlife we saw the whole day were ravens flying around. At the top of the wide ski slope section you can for the first time look east towards ABQ. By now we were quite tired and there was talk of quitting. The peaks around us stilll seemed far away and high. We ate trail mix and jerky and decided to keep going. After another stretch of narrow trail we came to an opening where we thought we could see the summit. By now it was 1:30. Needing inspiration, we encountered hikers coming down. Not too much farther, they said. Just go up those switchbacks and then you are there. We could see the Z-shape switchbacks carved into the looming mountain. We carried on up the switchbacks but at the top we were disappointed that there was yet another peak - would this be a false summit too? We dropped our packs and trudged on, past a fence and then up to the right and then finally at 3 pm the summit. Happiness, relief, cell-phone service, pictures, handfuls of gorp, and then the trek back down. Got back to the minivan about 6:30. We stopped at Blake's Lotaburger in Grants before driving back to ABQ.
Written March 30, 2017
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Mickey W
Sutherland, NE70 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
we didnt go there but could see it from El Maipais visitor center, ut was beautiful with the snow on the top
Written April 17, 2018
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yeeteacher
school32 contributions
Apr 2012 • Family
We drove the dirt roads of the Mount Taylor area and had a blast. We were able to see snow, trees, small towns, and nature at it's best.
Written April 15, 2012
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Dave N
Los Alamos, NM205 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
The roads in are somewhat better from Grants than the north side, but either way no big deal. High clearance is nice but not necessary on the main tracks. Scenery and forest are gorgeous. If you want to stroll to the top of the mountain the "hike" is easy enough for any weekender; any but the most casual whiners. This is one of the most accessible mountains around and very rewarding in spite of that. Enjoy!
Written March 23, 2018
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rdsaundrs
Albuquerque, NM177 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
Mount Taylor is a very good hiking destination. Lots of trails and rewarding vistas. It's possible to hike to the top fairly easily. I really enjoyed Horace Mesa for the views.
Written July 15, 2016
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trailrunner87511
Velarde, NM9 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Ran a 50k race at Mt. Taylor end of September. Hard to keep eyes on the trail! Vistas from the mountain were breathtaking. CDT was in very good condition and fun to run/hike. Lots of really nice dispersed camping spots. Roads were a bit washboard, but the ones we were on were passable with a car. Aspens starting to change. Weather was perfect for camping.
Written September 28, 2015
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BornActor
Chicago, IL3 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
Amazing experience! Lots of history to view and experience. Much of it is related to the nearby Acoma tribe.
Written April 16, 2015
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Explore729170
10 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Drove up my Taylor to look for a tree that my grandfather had written my grandmother's name on before they were even courting like the olden days it must be over a century ago!! Found it SUPER EXCITED!!
Written March 10, 2020
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