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Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area

NM
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Ranked #2 of 70 attractions in Taos County
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Great, moderate hike to the top of the highest point in New Mexico. No technical difficulties, easy to follow. We got to the top in 3h 20 minutes (from Williams Lake trailhead). Weather was cooperative, so we've got pretty nice views from the top. Spotted several bighorns and marmots. So nice and pleasant summer hike! You need to start early:... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Hiked from Taos Ski Hill to lake and through woods, then up snow chutes to summit. Trail was blazed blue on trees until woods ended. On beginning of May there was still some snow. Trail to summit hidden. By now you can probably see path to top. Weather was great! sunny and 70.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We were told the trail would be good, but April is still way too snowy to try and summit. We battled the snow to 12,500' but couldn't make the last 800ft, it was too dangerous. Make sure you have water, jackets and a map, even if townsfolk don't seem to think you need them. Snow shoes would have been nice!

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Portales, New Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The highest peak in New Mexico, sitting at 13,161 ft above sea level, Wheeler Peak makes for some great views. There are a couple of trails that will take you to the summit. We took the Williams Lake Trail, which is a Class 2 trail. Along the way you hike through pine forests, fir and spruce forests, up to an... More

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Houston, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

I have been hiking the Wheeler Peak Wilderness area for over 20 years and it remains a great treat every single time I hike it. The vistas are amazing, especially above the tree line. Williams Lake is everything you would hope for in a high Alpine lake, but the whole area is filled with enchantment. The re-emergence of the big... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My husband and I were in search of snow and we found it here! We snow-shoed up to Williams Lake and enjoyed a picnic lunch there. The trails were packed snow, so for the most part we could use our micro-spikes, but towards the end we were glad we also had snow shoes. The trailhead has a large parking area... More

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Shavano Park, Texas, USA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

This is a place to hike with snowshoes in the winter! It has been a gift to do so. I have hiked in this area all year round. It is nice to be in the great out of doors in the winter. One's spouse may desire to ski and one may not wish to go down hill fast! Yes, I... More

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Mansfield, tx
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

While I am no great athlete, I have climbed to the top of Wheeler Peak several times. It is a strenuous, but doable hike for anyone in pretty good physical condition. It is a thrill to reach the top and look east, knowing that there is nothing as high between you and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I did a review in June when I hiked up via the Bull of the Woods trail then came down by Williams Lake. On August 23, my wife and I made a hike to the top via the Williams Lake route. My wife absolutely loved it once we broke out of the trees. It was a beautiful sunny day with... More

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Denver, Colorado
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The trail is very well marked and made for an enjoyable walk up Wheeler Peak. We went mid week, on a bit of a rainy day, so we did not see many people. The view was great, and the walk pleasant. Saw lots of marmots-in particular, a very fat guy who was only about a yard from us and posed... More

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