Mt. Taylor Snow Shoe

I'll check around Wednesday or Thursday to make sure there is enough snow.

Most likely we'll follow a route we've taken before to reach the top of Mt Taylor.  Much of the hike will be on a trail that is really a road but it is in the trees with a few excellent viewpoints.  There is also one large meadow is that is very scenic and of course the view is great from the top.  Coming down we'll take a different way which will involve some off trail fun in the hopefully deep snow.

A meal at the Wow Diner afterwards is likely.

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  • Sharon E.

    Weather Note: Please be aware that we will be hiking in -10 below zero temperatures (or lower) as we climb to the peak. Dress appropriately and make sure your water source is insulated.

    January 12, 2013

    • Chris

      Is a climate controlled suit needed for this hike?

      1 · January 12, 2013

    • Connie

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      January 14, 2013

  • Chris

    How many miles is this hike?

    January 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How's the snow looking? Are there any sources for that info outside of the Grants ranger station or (sometimes) the Facebook pages for the Mt. Taylor Quadrathlon?

    January 12, 2013

    • Keith F.

      Those are the only sources I know of. The forecast is for snow there this evening so it's likely to change overnight anyway. The event goes on anyway.

      January 12, 2013

  • Keith F.

    I'll bring one extra pair of gaiters and one extra pair of snow shoes.

    January 12, 2013

  • Keith F.

    Bringing a piece of foam to sit on for lunch is a good idea. The wind often makes it undesirable to sit out on the peak in the open, so we move into the woods on the north side. The foam will insulate you from the snow on the ground.

    January 12, 2013

  • Michal

    Please, please, please do this again!! I've always wanted to shoe Mt Taylor. I'm "stuck" this weekend skiing Wolf Creek.

    January 10, 2013

    • Keith F.

      Wow forced to ski at Wolf Creek. I would just shoot myself. lol

      January 10, 2013

    • Keith F.

      Michal, I usually snow shoe up Mt. Taylor once a year and my schedule this winter is very busy. You might be able to get another leader but I'm relatively sure that I'll not get around to it again. Sorry

      January 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pete, you probably saw this in the Valles Caldera comments, but if you're connected to UNM or know someone who is, I don't see how you could beat renting there, at least for price: http://recsvcs.unm.edu/outdoor-bike-shop/pdf/osbs-prices.pdf

    If you live in the NE Heights, Sports Systems on Montgomery just west of Louisiana might be convenient (http://www.nmsportsystems.com/). I believe their daily snowshoe rate is $15, same as REI's member rate.

    Sports Authority also rents snowshoes, but if I recall correctly, for an astronomical price, something like $25/day.

    Maybe others could chime in with additional recommendations.

    January 8, 2013

  • Keith F.

    All the talk about Costco snow shoes caused me to buy the online pair which I didn't really need.

    January 7, 2013

    • Steve M.

      Try "sportsmansguide.co­m too. They used to carry Yukon Charlies snowshoes but now, I believe, carry private label versions from YC and pretty good prices.... http://www.sportsmans...­=

      January 8, 2013

    • Keith F.

      I have definitely gotten my money's worth out of the pair I have and they make good loaners and backups. It looks like the new ones will be here in time for me to try them out Saturday and have the old pair available for loan on Sunday.

      January 8, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Costco usually has Yukon Charlie snowshoes for around 70.00 with poles I believe. They are more than adequate for recreational snowshoeing.

    1 · January 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Online they've got a Yukon Charlie "Pro-Guide" package (presumably an upgrade from the in-store package) for $10 more: http://www.costco.com...­

      January 4, 2013

    • Meka Rey, P.

      I work inside of the costco on Renaissance at the Verizon kiosk and they do indeed have the snowshoes :) Bought a pair for myself as backups but I have to work sunday :( Have fun guys

      January 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've rented at REI. $15.00 for one day. Can pickup the day before, snowshoe and return the next day. Haven't had any problems with their equipment or renting.

    January 3, 2013

  • Keith F.

    I'm not sure about the exact distance and elevation gain but it is in the neighborhood of 8 miles round trip with around 2,000 feet of elevation gain. It is very steep at times. I chose much easier hikes for my first few snow shoe outings and I'm a really strong hiker. If you're not sure you're capable of this hike give me a call and we can talk. [masked]

    January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've always wanted to snow shoe, but I have no experience. Would this be a good way to get my feet wet, so to speak, or is this more advanced? I'm in good shape otherwise.

    January 3, 2013

    • Keith F.

      Hi Julie. Snow shoeing does not require any special skill but it is more physically demanding than hiking. This event is pretty tiring but we did have a first timer who was in really good shape handle it without a problem once before.

      January 3, 2013

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