Gooseberry Springs Trail to Mount Taylor is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grants, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible from May until October.
This is my favorite hike. Lots of wildlife, lots of flowers, and amazing views throughout.
Hiked Gooseberry Springs Trail #77 to the summit of Mt. Taylor yesterday. Had a false start at first when we stopped at the Continental Divide Trail- which had signs for Gooseberry Springs Trail, but I misinterpreted the arrows. You will know you are at the correct trail head if you see a large green hiking sign on the left and a brown signpost that says #77, with a parking area and posted notices about the Cibola National Forest.
The hike begins in a ponderosa dominated forest with a smattering of aspen trees, then moves onto a meadow where we saw cattle grazing. After that you take a slight turn and then begin a series of about 4 switchbacks to the summit of Mt. Taylor.
The ascent is a continuous, but gentle grade all the way to the summit. The trail is clearly well-traveled and easy to follow. Wear hiking boots as there are some sections of the trail that have loose rocks or are bumpy with rocks that stick out.
Thanks to recent rains there were lots of wild flowers (harebells, Indian paint brush and penstamon) at this time of year which made the hike gorgeous. An easy peak to bag.
Good workout. Our 5 & 14 year old made it to the base of the peak. our 6 year old made it to the top with dad. Great view.
Moderately strenuous hike to a world-class view of NM and AZ. Can't see much directly north due to trees. Trailhead 5 miles off paved road; drive something with ground clearance.
Did not make it up to trailhead - we were in a small, low to the ground sport car and halfway up Forest Road 193 we had to turn back or torn up underbelly of car. It's 5-6 miles up a dirt, extremely rocky road so be sure to drive a car that sits up higher and go slow - we will come back in our SUV and try once again.
Short, moderately strenuous hike to top of Mt Taylor. Very well-marked trail, stunning views on a clear day into Arizona and Colorado. Definitely worth the drive to Grants; limited restaurant opportunities there after the hike.