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Gooseberry-Mt. Taylor

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Ride up Forest Service(FS) 239, for 3.6 miles. Go right on FS 452 for 4.5 miles. Stay on well work fire road. Keep radio towers in sight. At the saddle between Mosca Peak (radio towers)& Mt. Taylor keep right and then follow the FS road to the right. You will climb around the north side of Mt. Taylor. Keep your eyes peeled where Gooseberry Tr. intersects about 2 miles past the saddle. Follow Gooseberry up .5 mile to Mt Taylor. Look for Gooseberry going down on west side, head to the south. Above timberline follow most worn trail into the woods. You will eventually come out on FS 193 and have 5 miles back to parking lot.
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Latitude
34.84987503195418
Longitude
-107.6220703125
Trail Directions
I-40 to Downtown Grants. In downtown the business loop is 1st St. look for NM547 on north side of town (look for Mt. Taylor signs). Follow 547 (past corrections center) for 12 miles, where the pavement ends @ FS 193& FS239. Park on west side lot.
Trail Length
Around 20 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Grants
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 30, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: fastmtnbiker33w ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The climb is physically demanding as it starts above about 8,000 feet and goes all the way to 11,300. Luckily, 99% is nice forest road. The descent is awesome with great views and lots of rocks in the trail. It doesn't get ridden much at all.

I rode this not long after the first snowfall in Oct '06.

Recommended Route:
The FS road is actually # . When you get to the saddle between the two peaks, you will see the trail sign for Gooseberry. If you go right on the road, you will bypass a good hike-a-bike and you will have to keep your eyes peeled for where the single track crosses the road.....it is not marked. I took the hike-a-bike as it was quite cold and the road ducked back behind the mountains where the sun was not shining. The last half mile to the summit was in a bit of snow, but I was actually able to ride quite a bit.



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Review Date
October 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Raoul , from Tijeras, NM

Summary:
If you want a big day of climbing with a technical descent, this ride will suit you. The ride up is a huffer and a puffer but is overall not that bad - one section gets very steep but it mellows as you near the turn to Mosca Pk. and the radio towers. The views near here are fantastic. Pay attention for the Gooseberry singletrack - it's at a minor saddle after the jeep road deteriorates. The 1/2 mile to the top is steep with some rooted ledges but all is worth it as you reach the summit. The view is spectacular and you'll want to linger awhile and enjoy the sights. When descending, do not take the trail that drops straight off the back of the summit - look for the trail that traverses across the open meadow. The first mile or so down is steep, narrow, and rocky. The trail is eroded so you feel like you're riding in a little chute so you just have to commit to riding the line down the middle more or less. It mellows out and then is fast and buff down through the ponderosa. It's just too bad that there isn't more singletrack on this ride. All in all, a good challenging ride with different types of riding to be had. Be sure to sign the summit register at the top and do this ride early in the day if you're riding in the monsoon season - you're pretty exposed on the back side of the mountain. Enjoy.

Recommended Route:
the standard route as described in the excellent route description by CeeW.



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Review Date
October 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dr. Rearrango , from Albq., NM

Summary:
Climb and then climb some more on Forest Service Roads! You gain around 3000' of elevation to the top of Mt. Taylor. Keep your eyes peeled for the singletrack turn onto Gooseberry its kind of hidden. The descent from Mt. Taylor is above timberline and is steep, narrow and rocky. Good technical skills needed, but a sweet descent. The buff, lower portion wends its way through the volcanic outcroppings and pine trees (look out for stumps). Follow the most worn route and you'll pop out on FS 193. Then its 5 miles of gravel Forest service roads back to the car. Took us around 3 hours with a break on top!

Recommended Route:
See description and use a map.



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