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Mount TaylorNorthwest, NM
Northwest, NM
Hiking avatar Jun 14 2013
rwstorm
Hiking7.00 Miles 2,100 AEG
Hiking7.00 Miles
2,100 ft AEG
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For the last few years some of my hiking friends have been planning a June camping/hiking trip to the White Mountain Wilderness over near Ruidoso, New Mexico. In 2011 dry conditions had the Lincoln NF closed and last year a big fire broke out a week before the planned trip. With conditions even worse this year, we fully expected the area to be closed. But surprisingly, it has remained open. When I contacted Paul about the trip, he said there had been a last minute change and they were going over to the San Pedro Wilderness instead, with a stop to hike Mount Taylor by Grants on the way. I liked that idea, so off we went! :)

We drove up separately, leaving Tucson Thursday morning. Karen, Paul, and Jerry went up to Grants by way of Saint Johns and El Morro, while I got there by way of Springerville and Quemado. We rendezvoused late in the afternoon at the trailhead on FR193, and camped there for the night at about 9300 feet.

I found the hike to be an absolute delight! Short, easy, on good trail, and with terrific views. I had driven part way up the mountain with my Mom about 20 years ago (I still have a souvenir volcanic bomb I picked up on that trip), so it was good to finally return and do the hike. I really like the sign in register on top. :)

Following the hike it was back to Grants for gas and ice, before that long tedious drive across the Rez to Cuba. I wish I had stopped to take a picture of the mountain after we left Grants. ](*,) The cumulus cloud in my hike photos had exploded into a big thunderstorm in a very short time! :o We stopped at the ranger station in Cuba to get information on camping and trails in the San Pedro Wilderness area, before heading over to find a camp spot for night two.
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