Mount Taylor

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Trail Distance: 6.2 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr 40 min +
Elevation Gain: 2021 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Unknown
Description

The Mount Taylor Trail, sometimes known as the Gooseberry Springs Trail, is a natural-surface pathway that leads to the summit of an extinct volcano. This route takes you through woods, meadow, and a high valley. The final ascent involves a steep climb to the caldera. From here, there's a 360-degree view of the landscape. If it's clear when you reach the summit, you might even see parts of Colorado from here.

The trailhead for this multi-use path is on a dirt forest service road. If you're coming here after the spring thaw or other wet conditions, use a 4X4 vehicle. You and Spot will start off on a narrow footpath that slowly climbs through some mixed-conifer woods. On the other side of this section, there's a meadow with stunning wildflowers. Once you pass through the grassy field, you'll come to a saddle, hike along a high mountain valley, and cross another saddle. From here,  you and your pooch can tackle the final ascent to the peak. Take time to view the pawmazing views of the valleys below and to look for the volcanic remnants from the mountain's eruption long ago.

This mountain is a sacred site for the Navajo. Make sure you honor their beliefs by respecting the land. Leave no trace by collecting and packing out any waste when you visit here. Forest Service rules state that your furry pal needs to be secure on a cord or lead. Remember to carry water with you for you and your pup.

Take your canine companion hiking on a volcano. Mount Taylor is a solitary peak in a remote area. Out here, you'll be able to escape the stresses of civilization for a day. Enjoy climbing through trees and fields with your four-footed pal, and take time along the way to view the pupcredible vistas.

Trail Features
Mountains, Steep Inclines, Rocky, Loose Terrain
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Cougars and black bears inhabit this region. It's best to hike with a group of people and be on alert at all times. The Forest Service recommends you carry a walking stick, make noise as you travel along, and pack pepper spray for your protection.
Address
Gooseberry Springs Trailhead, Forest Service 193 Road
Grants, NM 87020
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
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Address
Gooseberry Springs Trailhead, Forest Service 193 Road
Grants, NM 87020
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours