Gooseberry Springs Trail to Mount Taylor

HARD 26 reviews
#14 of 45 trails in

Gooseberry Springs Trail to Mount Taylor is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Grants, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.4 miles
2027 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


mountain biking

trail running



wild flowers



Not too hard at all. There wasn’t too much snow on the trail at all. We completed it on Feb 10. Took us about 3ish hours, but we are typically slow hikers. Enjoy :)

16 days ago

This trail is only hard in that it’s constant elevation gain - I wouldn’t consider it technically challenging etc.

I went on Feb 8, 2018 and successfully drive a Nissan Quest minivan all the way to the trail head. In the morning it was fine; by afternoon the road had softened in areas and became too slick for a novice driver (but otherwise manageable in low gear).

The trail itself was a mix of dry surface in addition to hard snow, iced snow, and slick mud. Weather was beautiful and sunny.

Overall this was a nice climb through woods and up onto the grassy mountain top. Don’t expect huge payoffs on the views until you reach the switchbacks. The 3rd or 4th switchback is a fakeout and wraps around the slope toward your left, out of sight. While windy at the top, the sun was warm and skies clear.

3 months ago

Since we live 1.5 hours from the trailhead, we hike Mount Taylor frequently. We've summited in August, September, and October thus far. We'll be purchasing snowshoes soon so that we can continue to summit through the winter months.

5 months ago

It was a pretty hike but since you just go up hill in some spots, it can be a bit hard. The trail was easy to follow and toward the top there is gate(to stop cows) so you will need to open it up to make it to the summit. When we were up there, there was smoke so the views were not so hot, but still worth the effort. No access to water on the hike in September, so if you are hiking with your dogs, bring water for him/her.

FS Road 193 has gravel which makes it passable in a VW GTI. Make sure you wear sunscreen on your legs because your back will be towards the sun as you go up.

5 months ago

Beautiful views at the end of the hike, difficult but very doable. This trail loses a star due to not being marked very well, I had to circle around a couple of times before making the correct turns; can be frustrating.

off road driving
7 months ago

Pretty easy hike, the route i took. You can make it a 2 mile hike if you drive up most of the way and you can drive al the way up to La Mosca lookout.

While i hiked to the summit, you can pretty much drive any med-clearance vehicle 4x4 on FR 453 until about the last 1/2 from the peak. Where you'll find a downed tree and trail disappears into the forest.

I'd rate the off road condition 7/10. Washboard dirt road leading up to FR453 at the end of FR547.

8 months ago

Excellent hike with amazing views, pretty forests and high mountain meadows. Road has been worked on and should be passable for most vehicles.

8 months ago

Amazing views and great hike! Definitely recommend ( :

trail running
8 months ago

Easy to follow. Well maintained. Not hard at all. Moderate at best

11 months ago

Very nice trail. I went in may and there was still snow up top. It was more difficult than expected, once you've reached what you think is the top.... You're half way there! Absolutely worth it though.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

I love this trail, would do it again in a minute! Bring a camera, the views are great.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This is my favorite hike. Lots of wildlife, lots of flowers, and amazing views throughout.

Friday, August 21, 2015

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.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

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.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

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.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

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.

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