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Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area

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Very nice area

You at least need to hike to the lake. The Hike is very nice and pretty easy after the initial... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2012
DanW133
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Austin, Texas
mountain scenery

You can't find these type of mountain views anywhere else in the country. Take the Big Al... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2012
Cindy D
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Keller, Texas, United States
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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 20 August 2012

You at least need to hike to the lake. The Hike is very nice and pretty easy after the initial climb up a rocky trail. It then levels out some and the trail is less rocky. when you descend you must stop at the German...More

4  Thank DanW133
Reviewed 17 August 2012

You can't find these type of mountain views anywhere else in the country. Take the Big Al horseback trip on Wheeler Peak trail or he has a snowmobile trip for those who come in the winter.

1  Thank Cindy D
Reviewed 6 August 2012

Lake Williams trail was great fun and not too difficult for kids (ages 7 and 10). Taos Cow, which is on the way up the mountain in Arroyo Seco, will pack a lunch for you.

1  Thank Cmarsh42
Reviewed 28 July 2012

My 16y.o. daughter and I hiked to Williams Lake and then up to Wheeler Peak the other day. Beautiful! Very strenuous but not technical climbing at all. Never had to use my hands at all just had to be careful hiking through the skree. I...More

6  Thank jbwhouston
Reviewed 16 July 2012

A nice beautiful hike about 2.75 miles uphill to Williams Lake nestled below mount Wheeler. An easy hike back to the car all downhill.

2  Thank Readingrobert48
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Take the shorter hike near the Phoenix Grille which also goes to Williams Lake. It is steeper but shorter. Get a sunrise start!

2  Thank pkh213
Reviewed 3 July 2012

We've hiked all over the world and this was one of our favorites. Great mix of terrain. Lake a the top is really a nice treat. Not too difficult.

Thank TUCK1995
Reviewed 27 June 2012

Snow still on top even in midJune. Great pictures of the snow capped mountains from the top after riding the Ski Lift in Red River!

Thank L K
Reviewed 13 June 2012

There are 2 main trails for Wheeler Peak but neither are for casual hikers. The hike is long with significant elevation gain, and the weather can change quickly. If you attempt the summit, you should be an experienced hiker and be prepared for bad weather....More

1  Thank MidwestAlpinist
Reviewed 20 May 2012

A lot of snow needed to be avoided - but great hike

1  Thank seestrom
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