La Mosca Peak Look Out

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5/5 (1 reviews)

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La Mosca Peak Look Out is a must-do trail if you are running around the Cibola National Forest north of Grants, New Mexico. The trail travels in a half-loop shape, starting and ending off Laguna Bonita Road. The trail climbs to the La Mosca Peak Look Out and radio towers at 11,036 elevation just below the summit of Mount Taylor. The views from the top of this trail are incredible. Standing at the base of the lookout platform can be almost vertigo-inducing. Although you can climb the stone steps up to the lookout tower's base, the public cannot access the interior or upper level of the tower itself. There are at least six dispersed camping sites of various sizes across the 16 miles of this trail.

The moderate rating is due to sections of steep climbs on the way up to the lookout, with shelf drops posing a higher risk during inclement weather and may feel daunting to novice drivers in good weather. Apart from a short, exposed rock area north of the lookout tower, most of the trail is rough dirt and easily traversed.