On June 29th I headed out to Mt Taylor, just outside of Grants, NM to check out some of the trails used for the Mt Taylor 50k. I was surprised at the rugged terrain and high altitude available. The trails were mostly empty of people, but wildlife was everywhere. I saw elk, deer, turkeys and lots of evidence of a healthy bear population as well.
Mt Taylor run details on Strava
Here are some pictures from my run.
|Near the start of Gooseberry Trail|
|First views of the Mt Taylor along Gooseberry trail|
|The final big switchbacks along Gooseberry trail|
|Heading north off the summit, towards La Mosca fire lookout|
|Heading down the jeep road into Water Canyon|
|Looking up at La Mosca lookout from Water Canyon|
|End of jeep road, start of Water Canyon trail|
|View down into Water Canyon during climb to La Mosca saddle|
|Looking across saddle to Mt Taylor from La Mosca lookout|
|Lots of flowers along ridgeline road, east of La Mosca lookout|
|View down Water Canyon during climb back up to Mt Taylor|