Taylor Peak is one of the peaks visible as you enter The Park from Estes Park and thus, helps incite wonder in the minds of most park visitors. Taylor, along with Hallett and Flattop and Otis also create the first inkling of the Continental Divide.
The approach to the glacier makes for a great introduction to the grand landscape that RMNP has to offer. The faces of the surrounding mountains are steep and craggy and certainly lead to a feeling of being much farther away from civilization than you really are.
From the Glacier Gorge Trail Head, you will take The Loch trail up to The Loch. You will see Andrew’s Pass and The Gash in front of you. We made our way up the Andrew’s Glacier Trail. Once on the saddle between Otis and Taylor, we were able to quickly summit Taylor and ski the west face to return to Andrew’s glacier. The skiing was absolutely prime.
With the way the winds load on the Divide, special care should be taken skiing in this area.
(Above: Money Mike celebrating after a solid descent)