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Gooseberry Trail

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 4.7 (9)

An outstanding out-and-back alpine trail with a 2000 foot vertical ascent.


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3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

Point to Point

11,250' 3,429 m

High

9,285' 2,830 m

Low

1,970' 601 m

Up

623' 190 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Unknown

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Snowy during winter months.

Description

This trail is a great out-and-back that is a lung-buster on the way up and quite a hike down: 2000 vertical feet in 3 miles! The trail has lots of volcanic chunks but is in good condition.

To reach Gooseberry Trail, take 547 (paved) north out of Grants. From the intersection with Rt. 66, it will be 8.6 miles to FR 193. FR 193 is a gravel and dirt road that can be driven by cars under dry conditions, but it will get muddy during monsoon rains or snowy times of year. Follow FR 193 for 5 miles to the parking area and trailhead.

(Note the trailhead has been moved about 500 feet west from the old trailhead shown on topo maps.)

Leaving the parking area, the trail gradually climbs on narrow singletrack (instead of the old two track) and crosses a wooded valley.

Emerging into alpine meadow, the trail heads straight uphill with about a 20% grade. Eventually you'll reach a saddle and then contour along a wide valley.

Crossing another saddle, it's time for the real grind. Turning north the trail curves across a broad slope and then up a series of switchbacks. The namesake Gooseberry bush is encountered along this section. Eventually, the peak appears with its register box and panoramic views.

The north section descends switchbacks through big trees, past a loose gravelly section and then down a meadow to another trailhead.

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Tom Robson

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 9 votes

#1

in Mount Taylor

#1153

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#1

in Mount Taylor

#16

in New Mexico

#1,153

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Photos

Looking south from the summit of Mount Taylor.
Jul 17, 2019 near Skyline…, NM
High on the Gooseberry Trail.
Oct 13, 2015 near Skyline…, NM
Looking east from the summit of Mount Taylor.
Jul 17, 2019 near Skyline…, NM
View from Mt. Taylor
Mar 31, 2018 near Skyline…, NM
View from the trail of the grassy hills on Gooseberry Trail.
Jul 17, 2019 near Skyline…, NM
Looking toward La Mosca on Gooseberry Trail.
Oct 13, 2015 near Skyline…, NM

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Jul 26, 2020
Josh B
Jun 6, 2020
Chris O'Donnell
Great hike in an alpine forest. Shoes with good ankle support should be the choice for this hike. Gooseberry shrubs show no signs of any fruit.
Apr 19, 2020
Drew Edwards
Jul 8, 2018
Marco Berry
6.5mi
Mar 31, 2018
Paige Knight
Hike was great! Beautiful views. Road to the trailhead wasn’t too bad. We made it without issues in our Hyundai Elantra.
Oct 20, 2017
Sandy Pesina