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Wheeler Peak Trail No. 10

Contact Info
Questa, NM 87556

Phone:
575-586-0520
Basics
Length:
8 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate,
Difficult
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9200 feet
Elevation Range:
9200 feet to 13161 feet
Elevation Change:
3961 feet
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round

Description

The trail starts in a northeastward direction toward the Bull-of-the-Woods Pasture. The first section follows the forest boundary until you reach Bull-of-the-Woods Pasture, a distance of two and a quarter (2.25) miles. Near the pasture the trail intersects with Gold Hill Trail. Stay on the road that ascends southeast toward Bull-of-the-Wood Mountain. Please be courteous - You are on private land! From Bull-of-the-Woods Mountain you will be traveling at or above timberline. The trail is very well defined. You will come across the La Cal Basin which offers some camping areas and an opportunity to rest before you start your final ascent up Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico, elevation 13,161 feet. No technical climbing gear is needed. On the Wheeler Peak summit, you are "at the top of the world;" on a clear day the view in all directions is spectacular. Your descent from Wheeler Peak may follow the same route or you may choose an alternate route such as Trail 91 to Horseshoe Lake or follow the ridge line to Simpson Peak, Taos Cone and into Sawmill Park and take Trail 55 to exit on the East Fork of the Red River. You can also come down the steep slope to Williams Lake although there is no maintained trail and this slope is very rocky.

In the summer months the trail is used for hiking and horseback riding. In the Winter he trails are used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Details

Length:
8 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Difficult
Time:
7 - 8 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
9200
Elevation Range:
9200 feet to 13161
Elevation Change:
3961
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Year Round
Useful Map(s):
USGS: Wheeler Peak

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Travel approximately four miles north on U.S. Hwy. 64 from Taos to the junction of State Highway 150, then east on 150 to Taos Ski Valley. Continue through the ski area parking lot to the Twining Campground. Parking is available adjacent to the campground. There is no parking permitted beyond this point. At this trailhead, there is a sign showing the wilderness including trails. .


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