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Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area

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Bull of the Woods Pasture Hike vs. Williams Lake Hike (each about 4 miles round trip)

Our vote is for Williams Lake over Bull of the Woods Pasture. The destination is beautiful! The... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2017
Kathleen B
Cincinnati, Ohio
This strenuous 4.5 hour hike is stunning! One of the best in New Mexico if not the world!

Make sure you start at the William Lake Trailhead for a 45 minute hike up to the Lake. From there... read more

Reviewed July 31, 2017
Heather W
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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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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“woods trail” (8 reviews)
“hiking poles” (3 reviews)
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Reviewed August 1, 2017

Our vote is for Williams Lake over Bull of the Woods Pasture. The destination is beautiful! The trail is more scenic. The hike is less difficult despite the higher altitude. If you are in town for a few days you may want to give your...More

1  Thank Kathleen B
Reviewed July 31, 2017

Make sure you start at the William Lake Trailhead for a 45 minute hike up to the Lake. From there it's a very steep, switchbacking trail through forest and then over rockfalls above treeline, but oh what views, all the way up and then of...More

1  Thank Heather W
Reviewed May 29, 2017 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 October 18, 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 August 28, 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 July 2, 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 June 14, 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 September 28, 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 September 5, 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 August 29, 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
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