[cdt-l] Mt. Taylor

Ryan Jordan ryan at backpackinglight.com
Wed Oct 3 09:04:54 CDT 2007

Clearly, lots going on politically down in that area. Thanks for the
education everyone and forgive my dogmatic approach!

On 10/3/07, Ginny & Jim Owen <spiritbear2k at hotmail.com> wrote:
>  Dick -
> The CDT has never been officially routed over Mt Taylor - they
> procrastinated on designating the trail that way because the mountain is one
> of the 4 sacred mountains of the Navajo.  I lost respect for that argument
> in 1999 when we were sitting at the top of Taylor and a group of Navajos
> topped the mountain - on their bigass ATV's.  I've since gained a little
> knowledge about the Navajo - and lost a lot of respect for the gutlessness
> of the Forest Service - and the gubmint in general.  Of course, since I
> worked as a contractor for da gubmint for 40+ years, I've had lots of time
> and opportunity to lose whatever respect I ever had for the bureaucracy.
> In any case, last year they routed hikers along the road around Taylor
> when they closed the Forest - and allowed Tom B to put out water caches.
> Suspicion is that they did that as a test case as much as for the fire
> danger represented by the hikers.  But then - I'm a cynic, too.
> Yes - the Mt Taylor route that we walked in '99 had springs - and in '06
> there was a rumor that the springs were still flowing.  But with the Forest
> closed, only a few hikers managed to go that way.  One question that occurs
> is - how many of the SOBO's went over Taylor - and what was the water
> situation later in the year?
> Walk softly,
> Jim
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> Hi Jim: I must have missed something. Did the Forest Service route the
> trail around Taylor? I remember Gooseberry spring at the base and two others
> just the other side of Taylor (within a days walk) that were flowing water
> so cold you could chew it. Does the CDT still use T77 up and over Mt.
> Taylor? --Dick E. Bird
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