Since moving to New Mexico in 2012, my husband and I have summitted Wheeler Peak several dozen times。 It is an experience worth repeating and no two summits have been the same。 Always a challenge and always a reward。
Always a good choice。 Wheeler Peak is gorgeous and autumn is a perfect time to visit。The color was breath taking。
There are four types of trout found around Red River and Wheeler Peak. Try your hand at fly fishing in the West Fork or East Fork, Middle Fork Lake, Lost Lake, and Horseshoe Lake.
There are two main routes to Wheeler Peak, both of which leave from the Taos Ski Valley. The first is along the Bull of the Woods trail which starts at a trailhead near the RV parking (just to the left as you enter the valley). This is a 7.5 mile trail with about 3600 feet of elevation gain. The other route leaves from the top of the Ski Valley and goes up to Williams Lake before ascending to the peak. It is just over four miles one way, with 3000 feet of elevation gain; shorter and steeper. I took Bull of the Woods in and Williams Lake down. This is a gorgeous hike and a fun one if you're an amateur highpointer like me. But be warned of a couple of things: First, if you take the Williams Lake trail in, the final two miles is extremely steep (you gain 1000 feet per mile for those two) and the last mile is across a scree rock face. Take hiking poles. Also, be prepared for the altitude. Altitude sickness is no joke. Know the warning signs. The summit is 13,161 feet in the air and there is only about 60% of the oxygen you would find at sea level. Finally, leave early, as there are often afternoon thundershowers and you really don't want to get caught above the treeline when lightning strikes. Great hike though, with lots of wildlife, especially on the less frequented Bull of the Woods side. I saw deer, quail, marmots, hawks, pheasant, chipmunks, squirrels and more. Views are spectacular on a clear day.
This is a hike that you celebrate afterwards! It is steep and difficult and long, but beautiful and quite an accomplishment! I hiked this for the first time at 50, but hope to hike it again. LEAVE early. It rains, (or sleets) on the mountain top almost every afternoon. It is pretty miserable to get caught in this weather! But, what a story later!
We loved the view and would see it again tomorrow if we could。 I would recommend taking your lunch to enjoy an afternoon of relaxation。
Hiking it will take a while, but the views are spectacular。 I prefer to ride it。 Not only can you see the views, and enjoy the fresh air, but as i age, hiking it becomes less and option。
A jeep ride to Wheeler Peak is one of the most wonderful ways to see the mountain beauty and scenery that the Red River area has to offer.
There is a great new trail up to Wheeler Peak from the William's Lake Trail. It makes it a much shorter trip but goes pretty close to straight up. I like to go up this trail and down the old trail via the Bowl of the Woods but you may nee a shuttle at the end.
Gorgeous views。 It is a must see for everyone。 I believe this is the area that also had campgrounds。 If I remember correctly I want to take my RV there。