Allison and I headed back down to Mount Taylor for some exploring and hiking. After a Friday night arrival and camp at Spud Patch we awoke to frosty grass in the meadow and a nice blue sky.
A little bushwacking up to the Spud Patch fins.
Nice little bowl
Again Cerro Alesna caught my attention. I'd really like to go check that peak out.
Scoping a cool little face. We had hoped the formations would offer some decent climbing but overall the hawaiite containing sparse
phenocrysts of plagioclase, rare phenocrysts of black augite and sparse xenocrysts of quartz in dense, medium-grained
trachytic groundmass didn't lend itself to climbing. The steeper the rock, the poorer the quality.
Spud Patch Spire. A very striking formation.
After our exploration of Spud Patch we drove up to the saddle between La Mosca Lookout (background) and Mount Taylor.
Heading up the short but sweet Gooseberry trail from the saddle to the summit of Mount Taylor.
Looking back from whence we came.
A wind turbine farm to the east. I'd never seen it before.
Signing in the fancy, bombproof summit register.
Self portrait on the summit of Mount Taylor. We're not sure what the summit elevation is but it's close to 11,000' or so.
A fine fall day hike