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Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area

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Hiking in snow on mtn

We just hiked this mtn on 5/28/17. The entire trail to the top is still snow covered and I would... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
hot2tamale
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charleston, sc
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Awesome hike!

We camped out at the Taos ski area. Then hiked from there to the peak. Difficult but rewarding... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
D H
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Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range, this wilderness area includes Wheeler Peak, which is the highest point in New Mexico at 13,161 feet in height.
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just hiked this mtn on 5/28/17. The entire trail to the top is still snow covered and I would not recommend hiking it without crampons and poles. The trail is visible at the very top, maybe last 500 ft of climb. Otherwise once you...More

Thank hot2tamale
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We camped out at the Taos ski area. Then hiked from there to the peak. Difficult but rewarding! Hike from base up, but then hike down towards the Lake side. Quicker and more steep. If you do this in reverse, you'll have a harder hike...More

Thank D H
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Not for the faint hearted and not for a two wheel drive vehicle. The scenery is just breathtaking. Folks who like the great outdoors will appreciate this area.

Thank Ron A
Reviewed 2 July 2016

This was our first hike up to Wheeler Peak just over 13000'. It was a clear June day with azure sky devoid of clouds. We parked at the large parking lot for Williams Lake trail which you reach after a surprisingly long dirt-road drive up...More

3  Thank 24parks
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Hiking the bulk of the woods trail with my two boys 11 and 14 for three days two nights in a backpacking trip to the summit of wheeler peak in early June was a most excellent adventure full of challenges beauty and awesome views.

2  Thank Hudude
Reviewed 29 September 2015

There are plenty of trails for you to hike, and plenty of places along the hike have very majestic views, such as on top of wheeler peak, or if you find yourself at williams lake. Just remember to pace yourself if you're not used to...More

Thank brianjhines
Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

We started at Wilderness Lodge where we were staying, but you can drive up to the house and hike up from there without blocking anyone.

1  Thank Jatana
Reviewed 30 August 2015

Spectacular scenery and well maintained trails! Could have used a bit more signage, but with a map and time no trouble moving around. We ran the 14 mile loop fro Taos Ski Village to Wheeler via Williams lake then came down via Bull-of-the-Woods. Great way...More

2  Thank dave d
Reviewed 23 August 2015

We hiked Wheeler Peak up and down via the Williams Lake Trail on 8/20/15. We left at 7:00 a.m. and were back down by 1:30 p.m. This is a steep hike, especially the last mile or so...with lots of switchbacks...and several places where you must...More

4  Thank LlanoJean
Reviewed 6 August 2015

We hiked the Bull of the Woods trail up, and the shorter trail via Williams Lake down (~12 miles total). This was a strenuous, tough hike, but the views from Bull of the Woods were stunning. We encountered aggressive mountain goats protecting their young--very scary...More

2  Thank LeslievonH
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