Taylor Mountain A  
Condition Updates  
Route: SE and NE ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-04, By: Trotter
Info: Took FS228 up, to below the marble quarry. Took the SE ridge up to summit, and the NE ridge back down to the saddle with Missouri hill, and then down to vehicle from there. Fantastic easy route. Summer conditions 
Route: via FS228
Posted On: 2022-06-25, By: zootloopz
Info: Summer conditions! Lots of wildflowers. Made it to 11,700' in a stock 4x4 Tacoma. Probably could've gone farther. Not a fun road though. Wouldn't recommend anything less than a larger subbie with a confident driver. Car camping with excellent views of Salida around 11,950'. Road turns to 4wd around 10,400'. car camping for 2WD vehicles around 10,150'. 
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Route: West Saddle / Ridge from Aetna
Posted On: 2022-05-01, By: CheapCigarMan
Info: Bluebird day. No postholing. Did not use snowshoes. A couple of steeper sketchy snowy places on the descent off Aetna. Virtually dry from the bottom of the saddle to Taylor. The descent off of Taylor was bone dry until tree line. Snow again through trees but did not use or need snowshoes. Thank you Greenhouseguy for your GPX, was useful for route finding through the trees. 
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Route: From Aetna
Posted On: 2022-04-16, By: bangerth
Info: Walked up the road in the early morning on frozen snow nicely compacted by a few skiers and snowmobilers. The first third of the Grand Couloir is already snow free, and after that it was a bit of tough going because the rest is not only steep, but was also quite frozen (with the occasional stretch of dritfed loose snow). Maybe surprisingly, there weren't steps from previous parties, so no easy walk up. As the route description already says, the couloir is long: 2,900' of elevation gain; it takes a long time to top out. We ended up heading over to Taylor Mountain. I wished I had put on microspikes for the descent as one has to skip through rocks that are partly ice covered and partly filled in by loose snow. The wind was ferocious on that stretch but eased up once on the slopes of Taylor Mountain. The going was slightly easier there, alternating between dry stretches and short snow fields along the ridge. We descended from Taylor by first taking the SW ridge for a bit, and then dropping into the first (more easterly) of the two south-side couloirs leading up to Taylor. It had enough snow for a grandiose glissade that lasted for a long time, but was occasionally interrupted because the snow was getting too warm and sticky. At the bottom of the couloir, continue south down the gully through some trees before ending up on one of the old mining "roads" (covered in 1-3' of snow) that runs parallel to the road one walks in in the morning. We carried snowshoes up and down these two mountains without ever using them. Crampons are obviously essential for the couloir ascent. 
Route: Southeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-19, By: yaktoleft13
Info: Road is tracked by snowmobiles to the mine around 10.8, but tracks stop there. Followed the road till the next switchback, then went up the ridge. For the descent, I stayed on the ridge and veered off lower to hit the road at the switchback at 10.6. Wore snowshoes from the car to 12k, then stayed slightly on the west side of the ridge and rock-hopped. Minimal to no avy danger if you try. Highly recommend having two dogs help break trail 
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Route: SE Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-18, By: Marcos
Info: FS228 from Garfield (4WD or high clearance) is snow-free up to the Taylor shoulder at 12,000'. We kept our feet mainly dry -- just a couple of minor snowfield crossings. No extra traction needed. Stunning day with spectacular views of the Crestones and San Juans. 
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Route: Aetna
Posted On: 2021-05-16, By: angry
Info: Minor snow crossings on traverse from Aetna. Ridge is mostly dry. Descended gully to kangaroo gulch with a short ~100ft bushwhack to rejoin road. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-10, By: jjust
Info: The traverse from Mount Aetna to Taylor Mountain is easy and straightforward. You can plunge-step in the snow off Aetna and the ridge to Taylor is generally snow free. The descent off the southwest ridge of Taylor is easy until tree line where I experienced a fair amount of wet post-holing. https://www.jamesjusthiking.com/2021-trip-reports/mount-aetna-taylor-mountain 
Route: From Mount Aetna
Posted On: 2021-04-11, By: supranihilest
Info: The traverse from Aetna to Taylor is straightforward. There's nearly continuous snow from Aetna's summit to the saddle, then it's dry to Taylor. Class 2 all the way. Taylor's southern ridges were dry to treeline and the southeast ridge would be your best bet for getting down via FS 228. I added the two twelvers to the east, Missouri Hill and Lost Mountain, and while they're simple Class 2 affairs I can't recommend them in current conditions, mostly because the descent from Lost back to Boss Lake Trailhead was simply awful by mid-day, especially without flotation (I deliberately left my snowshoes in the car). The network of roads in the area is confusing, they're covered in terrible, wet, postholey snow, the quickest path takes you through an active mine, and you're miles and miles away from the trailhead. Better to save them for another time. Gear: if frozen and moving quickly, you won't find flotation, an axe, or crampons useful. Flotation becomes useful by mid-day on the nasty, unconsolidated snow below treeline. Axe and traction probably not useful for anything on Taylor. 
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Route: 228 Road (West Spur) to South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-29, By: TakeMeToYourSummit
Info: I started from the Monarch Mountain Lodge area & headed up the 228 Road. Enough snow was encountered early that any further driving would have been futile. I stuck to the road (I briefly considered the bushwhack to ridge option at the 10,560 switchback) & dropped the 100ish feet to go around the active mine. At the 11,560 switchback I took the "administrative" (I read this sign as a way of keeping motor vehicles away) option & headed for the ridge. The ridge was mainly class 2 with some optional 3 (best option for me to avoid potential snowy trapdoors) all the way to the summit. The snow I encountered over the whole route was typically 2 to 4 inches deep (sometimes ankle deep, not often though) & surprisingly much had melted on my return; the least in the lower(ish) trees (my guess would be due to less wind & thicker shadows). The road had melted a bit more on my return and driving it could shave some distance off in the coming days. Bear in mind that the mud that was revealed was slicker than snot & going off that road would result in a less than ideal remainder of your day. Come prepared for the 4,200 vert & be happy if you can reduce that some! P.S. - A shout out to CaptCo for posting yesterday. I had originally been planning on some 13ers from near the Winfield area & that would have sucked to add in all those extra miles! 
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Route: Via Hoffman Park
Posted On: 2020-06-06, By: Mtnman200
Info: Both Taylor and Aetna are in summer conditions. From Hoffman Park, these peaks can be climbed without taking more than a half dozen steps on snow (at the saddle). 
Route: CR228, SW Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: thebeave7
Info: Ran the road from the lodge at the bottom. Completely clear until 12600 then just a few patches of snow. Some snow the final 1000ft on the south face, but easy to navigate around. Descended the SW ridge past the mines to the mining rds. Mostly clear. No traction needed. The ridge to Aetna still holding a decent amount of snow, didn't try today. 
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Route: South Ridge from Monarch
Posted On: 2019-12-18, By: supranihilest
Info: I took CR228 to the second switchback. Snowmobile tracks ended at the switchback before this. My snowshoe tracks are obvious from this point. I cut off the road into the forest there to avoid avalanche terrain farther up, which is where the difficulties began. Most of the snow in the forest was at least shin deep to knee deep, with plenty of thigh deep snow. All of it was powder, making for slow going. I traversed to the ridge crest and then up from there. Once above treeline conditions improved slightly but there was still plenty of deep, unconsolidated snow. I stayed very near the ridge crest until things became less steep below the summit, in order to avoid avalanche terrain. From the obvious flatter area I continued up the ridge to the summit. There is some mandatory avalanche terrain just below the summit but the snow was in good shape - non-reactive and mostly just powdery. Still, if you stick to the rocks you can probably avoid any consequences of poor judgement re: snow quality. I descended the exact route I came up in order to beat the track in more. Please poach my track, it was a lot of work getting through the forest and I don't want it to go to waste! 
Route: Via FS230C
Posted On: 2019-06-27, By: Jay521
Info: Snow was solid in the morning on the approach but I was sure glad I had snowshoes coming down (about noon) 
Route: From Boss Lake TH
Posted On: 2019-06-14, By: WildWanderer
Info: Lots of water on 4WD part of the trail. Snowshoes needed at 11000'. Road easy to follow until cabins, and from then on out you're breaking trail in snowshoes. Snowshoes are very, very helpful. There's been an avalanche just below the basin, obscuring the normal route, but this one was easy to follow/navigate. Snow stopped at basin/treeline and I was able to hike from there to summit without traction. "Hikers Trail" from basin to summit was more of a mountain goat trail used by goats only when absolutely necessary... I don't think this route is used often. 
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Route: FR228
Posted On: 2019-04-14, By: osprey
Info: The forecast for Aetna and Taylor today of 50-55 mph gusts did not disappoint. We followed the recommendation of SnowAlien and took FR228 towards Taylor Mountain. The road is well packed by snowmobiles and neither snow shoes nor spikes are required for the road. After reaching the mine at the head of the valley we turned west and ascended the steep slope until we reached the south ridge of Taylor mountain which we followed to the summit. It was windy for all the ascent but we did not enjoy the full wind blast until we were on the south ridge when the wind stopped us in our tracks several times. We reached the summit of Taylor and felt the traverse to Aetna would be too slow and dangerous due to the wind and then retraced our path down the south ridge. Upon reaching the steep east facing slope we glissaded almost all the way from the ridge down to the road near the mine at the head of the valley. It took only 2 hours to descend from the summit to the TH at the Highway. The ascent time is a state secret. 
Route: via FS228 from Missouri Hill/Taylor saddle
Posted On: 2018-06-16, By: majtytom
Info: summer conditions 
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Route: Forest service rd 230
Posted On: 2018-05-10, By: katielyons
Info: Summer conditions nearly the entire way to the summit when approaching from the west. I summitted wearing trail running shoes and a base layer (it was about 35 degrees at the top). The east aspect was significantly snowier, but still could be avoided pretty well if desired. The summit ridge on Aetna was still fairly snowed in although the Grand Couloir is looking somewhat bare, at least from the top of Monarch Pass. The west faces of Shavano/Tabeguache are looking dry. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-04, By: illusion7il
Info: Ascended South Ridge from Lower Boss Lake TH. Some snow on the road after you reach the turnoff for Hoffman Park, then lots of snow on the road just before Hoffman Park that is avoidable by gaining the ridge earlier than other reports describe. Ridge is completely dry. Flotation would be worthless, but defiantly bring gaiters. Snow is melting crazy fast. Very Warm. 

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