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
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.
The summit views on Wheeler Peak are glorious. Go hike it!
Photos and write-up by Steve Garufi a.k.a. Colorado Guy.
Much higher up.
Meeting a marmot.
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