I highly recommend this trail. You don't have to be a super athlete to make it to the top, but the more in shape you are, the more you will enjoy it. I live in Santa Fe, at 7,000 ft, and trained for a couple of weeks by hiking in the nearby foothills. During the Wheeler hike, I still had to slow my pace so I wasn't out of breath, and near the top, on the final ten switchbacks, I had to stop every few minutes.
The views of the surrounding mountains are extraordinary, and making the summit right before the peak offers a visual reward, with more spectacular mountain views to the north beyond a deep mountain valley. Most inspiring was the range of people making the climb, including a father with his 8 year old son, and a couple with their 83 year old dad. His steady pace and confident smile as he greeted me were truly inspiring.
During late June - early August, start early to avoid afternoon rain and lightning storms. Several hikers were making their second attempt because they had to turn back their first time due to dangerous weather. I started at 7:00 AM, paused for about ten minutes above Williams lake, and made it to the peak by 9:45 AM. The hike down took about two hours.
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