[Cdt-l] Gooseberry Spring near Grants, New Mexico
david.booth at internode.on.net
Thu Aug 19 17:01:51 CDT 2010
Gooseberry Spring is a key water source on Jonathan Ley Map NM18 and
in the Wolf Guide, Northern New Mexico (page 60 Volume 6). This is on
the preferred alternative route via Mt Taylor.
Gooseberry Spring is now cow polluted and possibly should only be
considered as an emergency supply. For SOBO hikers on this route it
is the last reliable water before Grants (the Forest Service Spigot
on the northern outskirts of Grants) approximately 18 miles. For NOBO
hikers this is the only reliable water until American Canyon Spring a
further 9 miles (approx) after Gooseberry Spring.
The good news is that two Grants residents, Hugo and Carole, have
volunteered to place a water cache near Gooseberry Spring and it is
now operating. The location of this cache is right on the trail so
you will not waste time searching for the spring.
The Gooseberry Spring at the location on the Garmin GPS Map is
defunct and the actual pipe is downstream from that location. (at Ley
"5"). However, as mentioned above, the water is possibly polluted.
Location of the cache is (SOBO) 2 miles after Mt Taylor at the jeep
road where the trail turns sharply right. There is a signpost which
says "Mt Taylor 2 miles" and the cache is next to this post. The
cache will be regularly restocked. The cache location is at point "4"
on the Ley Map NM18. In the Wolf Guide page 60, it is described as
"After crossing a jeep road at 15.2, make a sharp turn back to the
right to the grassy gully......"
The GPS location of the cache is N35 13.346 W107 37.813.
The cache is located (NOBO) as follows: Proceeding along FS193 you
reach a junction with FS501 on your right, just as the FS 193 road
makes a sweeping left turn. After meeting the junction continue on
FS 193 until you reach a turn out (on the left) and flat campsite
(dry) on the right ("2" on Ley Map) . From the campsite you enter the
forest on a marked trail that switchbacks uphill. When the trail
enters a small valley with grassy meadow and a (possibly) flowing
creek (cow polluted) you cross the valley and reach the jeep track.
The sign and cache are here at the jeep track where the trail bends
sharply left.("4" on Ley Map)
I also have a Garmin map of the location, if you want this map please
Thanks again to Hugo and Carole for the hard work on behalf of the
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