Wheeler Peak (elevation 13,161 feet) - New Mexico High Point

The Highest Point in New Mexico
Wheeler Peak is a nifty mountain that reaches 13,161 feet above sea level in the Sangre de Cristo Range. It would be a good hiking choice it itself, but add in it's the high point of New Mexico, and there's another factor to entice climbers. The mountain is commonly hiked two ways: 1) the longer Bull of the Woods Trail, and 2) the shorter route from Williams Lake. On this page are my photos from my hike of Williams Lake.

Directions: From Taos, travel on Highway 105 through Arroyo Seco and into the Taos Ski Valley. Once in the village, continue traveling up the canyon and follow the signs to the Williams Lake Trailhead. (I've found you can do a map search for the Bavarian Restaurant, which is just ahead of the trailhead parking lot.) Hike about 2 miles to Williams Lake. Just before the lake, a new trail goes upward to Wheeler Peak for another two miles or so. The entire route is a Class II walk-up on a well-marked trail.

Wheeler Peak, New Mexico
The summit views on Wheeler Peak are glorious. Go hike it!

Photos and write-up by Steve Garufi a.k.a. Colorado Guy. Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - YouTube

Wheeler Peak Trail


August 14, 2016 - I hiked two miles to Williams Lake, then turned onto the Wheeler Peak Trail.
Trail Upward into the forest.
Williams Lake, NM Looking down on Williams Lake.
Wheeler Peak Hike The views get better and better.

In fact, I made a "not too shabby." :)
Marmot I spotted a few marmots. :)
Wheeler Peak, NM


Once on the ridge, it's a short walk to the summit.

TOP: The summit comes into view.

SECOND: I saw this pretty mountain southeast of Wheeler Peak. I'm not sure of the name, but it's begging humanity to hike it. :)

Wheeler Peak, NM

Wheeler Peak, NM

On The Summit

Lots of pretty mountains out there.

Sangre de Cristo Range The Spanish Peaks were way out in the distance.
Wheeler Peak, New Mexico I was overjoyed to be standing above everyone in the Land of Enchantment. :)

Other worthwhile New Mexico hikes:
  • Sandia Peak
  • Nacimiento Peak
  • Turtleback Mountain
  • Capulin Volcano National Monument
  • Williams Lake
  • Wheeler Peak Trail, NM

    One last shot of the mountains and Taos Ski Valley as I was coming down.

    Above timberline.

    Much higher up.

    Meeting a marmot.

    The summit.

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