This trail begins by climbing 700 feet to the top of Mount Taylor (11,301 feet). It starts out steep, exposed, and loose, but mellows out once you enter the forest. There the character of the trail changes into mellow, tacky forest riding. After slowly winding up a few switchbacks, you will make it to a spur trail at the corner of the last switchback. I highly recommend taking this route as it leads to amazing views looking northeast and returns to the main trail soon after passing them.
Once you've taking some more pictures, climb the last 50 feet to the top of the mountain for a few more shots that include everything from the aspens to the desert below. Next, take a right onto the trail going down the mountain. Although you may see trail going the opposite direction lower on the mountain, still hang right. The trail manages to bend back around in a place hard to see.
The initial descent down the mountain is a loose, drop-filled blast. After navigating the drops near the summit, you will be met by two very large, loose switchbacks. Slowly make your way down these and into the fastest section of the trail, which coasts straight down the mountain before meeting one of the biggest aspen stands you'll ever see.
Once you've ridden the buff forest singletrack, you will be met by another confusing intersection. Take a right onto the small dirt road and continue on it, ignoring the trail on the other side. It is nothing more than a very distinguished game trail. Proceed 100 yards down the dirt road and take a left onto the singletrack at the bottom of the gully. If you start climbing on the road, you've gone too far.
The last portion of the trail is a mix of rocky and smooth singletrack making its way through a desert-like environment. It's fast, and it's fun. During this section, you'll pass big rock outcroppings and ride some pretty challenging rock gardens. Sadly, it comes to an end once you hit the Gooseberry trail head on Forest Service Road 193. Enjoy!
This trail is good fun. Although the climb is a little too exposed at first, once you enter the forest it mellows out into some nice switchbacks. At the top, the views are amazing, providing glimpses of what seems like half the state. Finally, the downhill is steep, loose, pumice-filled fun that drops you through 3 ecosystems in the matter of miles. Each ecosystem has its own unique style of tread to offer.Thank |