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6 triplogs
May 29 2010
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48 male
 Joined Oct 23 2008
 Grants, NM
Mount Taylor - North Approach, NM 
Mount Taylor - North Approach, NM
 
Hiking avatar May 29 2010
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Hiking2.00 Miles 700 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.00 mph
700 ft AEG
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This triplog describes the approach from the North side of the summit, which is a much shorter route than the typical Southern approach. Basically if you are short on time, and still want to take in the view, the is the best route.

This 2 mile hike took me roughly 2 hours to complete for a couple of reasons. I'm a bit under the weather and there was a fair amount of knee to waist deep snow which completely hid the trail and made progress slow. Thankfully, most of the snowbanks were solid enough to walk on...most, not all.

Once the snow finally melts, I'm sure the entire hike can be done in an hour, with plenty of time to snap a few photos along the way. The view from the top is certainly worth the effort. Even on a windy and dusty day like today, you can see a large chunk of North Western New Mexico - which gives an odd but stunning contrast of ponderosa forests, red rock cliffs, several enormous large lava plugs which rival even the famous Devil's Tower in height, all surrounded by green toped mesas and the ever changing colors of the high desert.

I met up with several groups at the summit who had come up the Southern route, and they had encountered little or no snow. One of the hikers, who was 20 days into the CDT trail mentioned that she had seen a solid flow of water coming out of Gooseberry Spring - which is of course where the trail gets it's name. I haven't lived here long enough to know how dependable that spring is, so I wouldn't count on it being a source of drinking water. According to my topo, it's located on the NW side of the South approach within the 1st mile of the hike - I'll post an update when I get a chance to confirm it's location.

Final notes: There's no water anywhere on Mt. Taylor, except for the various springs - which may or may not have water, and which may or may not be where the topo says they are. BRING YOUR OWN! Also, while you may get what appears to be a strong cell phone signal during the hike, don't count on being able to make a call. The only places I've gotten reliable service are on the summit itself, and a few of the forest roads on the south side of the mtn.

Getting there: Take Lobo Canyon Rd (547) 13.5 miles on pavement, then continue on 547 another 3 1/4 miles after it turns to dirt. Now, turn right on FR 453 at the sign for La Mosca LO. Once on FR 453, drive 4 miles to the saddle between the peaks (Mt Taylor and La Mosca), take the turn to the right - as opposed to continuing up to La Mosca lookout and it's "beautiful" collection of radio/cell towers. Continue about 200 yards and you should see a sign for the "Gooseberry Trail" - if you don't have a high clearance vehicle, you'll likely need to park at the fork in the road and walk in that last couple hundred yards.
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Nov 23 2008
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 Grants, NM
Country Club #632, AZ 
Country Club #632, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 23 2008
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Hiking4.50 Miles 450 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   1 Hour   35 Mns   2.84 mph
450 ft AEG
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Not a bad short hike. Weather was sunny, light breeze, mid 50s. Saw one other hiker jabbering away on a cell phone. Little wildlife, only birds. Great view from the top of Pat Mullen mountain.
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Oct 31 2008
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48 male
 Joined Oct 23 2008
 Grants, NM
Osprey TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 31 2008
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Hiking6.90 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking6.90 Miles   2 Hrs   50 Mns   2.44 mph
500 ft AEG
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Decided to take a brief walk in the woods, that got a bit more drawn out than originally intended. I took the Osprey trail to the Ice Cave trail and continued up to the tie in with the Blue Ridge trail, and then hiked back the way I came. Perfect day for it, party cloudy, 75 degrees, very light breeze, and no one on the trail.

I did finally manage to find the ice cave, turns out to be larger than I expected, and more of a pit or sinkhole shape than a traditional cave entrance. I sort of see the wisdom in fencing it off, as you could certainly slip on all that loose gravel and fall in (I have no idea how deep the cave actually goes, as I didn't feel the need to get any closer than the fence line). I just hate seeing a fence in the middle of the woods surrounding a natural formation like that - oh well.

Next weekend I'll just head to the Blue Ridge trail head and continue on my quest to hike the entire eastern section of the WMTS with day hikes.
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Oct 22 2008
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48 male
 Joined Oct 23 2008
 Grants, NM
Timber Mesa Trail #636Alpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 22 2008
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Hiking5.00 Miles 250 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs      2.50 mph
250 ft AEG
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Had to get out and relieve some stress, I intended to do the Osprey Trail (across the road from Timber Mesa) but decided that since I had never actually hiked Timber Mesa, it was time to complete some of the route (I've biked it many times, but never tried it on foot). I only had 2 hours of daylight, so I elected to use the GPS to head out 2.5 miles and turn around.

Saw a little wildlife, mostly very vocal and active squirrels. A few lizards catching some rays darted out of my way and about mid trail a mule deer went crashing through the brush about 30 yards ahead of me...one of those rare instances when you and the wildlife sneak up on each other and both get startled.

I plan to complete the trail on foot next weekend, and then continue to do my best to find that stupid ice cave down the road that's been eluding me for the last year.

Anyone reading this. I live about 1 mile East of Panorama, if you're in the area and looking for a local to hike with, PM me.
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Oct 13 2008
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48 male
 Joined Oct 23 2008
 Grants, NM
Osprey TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 13 2008
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Hiking3.50 Miles 120 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.33 mph
120 ft AEG
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After seeing a new gate and blue trail markers where there were none before, I checked the Tracks website and saw that they had recently completed a connector from Timber Mesa to Ice Cave trail. Since this is virtually in my back yard, I had to check it out.

The terrain is typical Porter Mtn, lots of Alligator Junipers and Ponderosa Pines. What's new is the view of Scott Reservoir from the ridge above, spectacular. The condition of the trail was prime, no ruts or mud holes. I'm guessing that unlike some of the other area trails, there is very limited livestock travel in this area(if there's any at all). I hiked the trail in the late afternoon, which is probably not the best time, I'd plan to hike this trail in the morning hours if you want to see much wildlife. Great alternative to the Ice Cave trailhead, while still allowing access to the same area.
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Oct 07 2007
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48 male
 Joined Oct 23 2008
 Grants, NM
Escudilla TrailAlpine, AZ
Alpine, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2007
Strand
Hiking6.60 Miles 1,315 AEG
Hiking6.60 Miles   2 Hrs   45 Mns   2.40 mph
1,315 ft AEG
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One of my co-workers suggested this hike as a short day hike to see some spectacular fall colors. Unfortunately I was a couple of weeks too late on this trip, all the Aspens on the lower section of the trail were completely bare.

I was amazed at the views from the top, and the fact that I didn't see a single human being anywhere after turning off the highway. It was the perfect weather for a hike, sunny and cool with almost no wind. I certainly plan to do this one again.
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