Gooseberry Springs Trail

Area Status: Open

Trail #77 climbs approximately 2.5 miles to the top of 11,301 feet high Mt. Taylor.  The change in elevation of around 2,126 feet makes this a challenging round trip hike of 4 to 5 hours.  The trailhead is located in the mixed conifer vegetation type at 9,175 feet.  At 9,500 feet you enter the spruce-fir type, one of the highest vegetation zones in the Southwest.  The hiker has the opportunity to see varied flora and fauna, as well as enjoy the interesting geological formations of the area. Summer and fall are the best times to enjoy the beautiful vistas of this mountain hike.  Keep in mind weather conditions as you plan your hike.  On a clear day you can even see into Colorado from the summit.  Please remember that Mt. Taylor is sacred to American Indians and to respect their beliefs.

At a Glance

Restrictions: No motorized vehicles.
Restroom: No

General Information


Drive north from the Mt. Taylor Ranger District Office on Lobo Canyon Road (State Highway 547) for approximately 11 miles.  At the end of the pavement, turn right onto the upper loop of Forest Road 193.  Continue driving east for about 5 miles to the small parking lot on the right side of Forest Road 193.  Across the road from the parking lot is the trailhead.  High clearance and 4 wheel drive vehicles are recommended for Forest Road 193, especially in wet weather.

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking


Status: Open

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
5 miles round trip

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Elevation at Trailhead 9,175 feet