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Hiking to the peak

We just hiked this mtn on 5/28/17. The entire trail to the top is still snow covered and I would... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
charleston, sc
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Wonderful excursion trip. Could be a little treacherous.

It might be best to hire an experienced driver. We drove ourselves and it was scary. This... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2017
Florida Panhandle, Florida
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An extremely challenging, eight to ten mile hike (one way).
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Red River, NM
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just hiked this mtn on 5/28/17. The entire trail to the top is still snow covered and I would not recommend hiking it without crampons and poles. The trail is visible at the very top, maybe last 500 ft of climb. Otherwise once you...More

1  Thank hot2tamale
Reviewed 25 April 2017

It might be best to hire an experienced driver. We drove ourselves and it was scary. This particular trip still had snow in some areas, so we didn't try it this time, but usually do.

Thank Mary_the_tourist
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We love visiting the lake and the peak. Loads of wildlife and scenic viewing opportunities. Take a picnic and spend the afternoon.

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 18 March 2017

One of the most amazing views when you get to the lake. If you plan on going past the lake, then you need to have "real hiking gear and equipment." Otherwise just straight up to the lake is a fairly easy climb if you are...More

Thank doctormay
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Hiked Wheeler many times from different directions. Be sure to plan your trip and if you have the time, make a 2-3 trip of it. If you are short on time, head out of Red River, drive to one of the parking areas and hike...More

Thank Terry428
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

This hike up Wheeler is tough, once you get to the top it is breathtaking! There also a canister that you unscrew the cap and sign your name in the book to show you climbed Wheeler pike. Amazing hike but best to do inlate June...More

Thank Tammye H
Reviewed 6 September 2016

This is a great climb that is not overly difficult. Be sure to be prepared for weather changes and have water. You may feel the altitude difference as you climb.

Thank Laurie B
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We took the Williams lake trail to the Wheeler peak trail. The Williams lake trail #62 is a fairly easy 2 mile hike, but it is very rocky at spots. The Wheeler peak trail cuts off to the left just as you come into view...More

Thank John V
Reviewed 14 July 2016

I thought by hiking in late June, the trails would be free of snow and clear to the summit. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. I took the Bull of the Woods/Wheeler Peak trail.When I go up to the 11,500 foot level before reaching Frazer Mountain,...More

Thank bobscribe
Reviewed 22 June 2016

A friend and I hiked with our wives and kids. 4 of them ages 3-14 to Williams Lake. We set up a tent for them and made our way to the peak. There was a tremendous amount of snow that we were not predicting. 20...More

1  Thank Jerry V
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We are going to be in New Mexico in late August, which is a good time to hike, according to others. I am thinking about hiking to the top of Wheeler Peak, but as an inexperienced hiker, I have a few questions. One, about how long does it take to hike to the top and back down? Two, about how much water is necessary to take along? Three, what type of hiking gear is recommended?
5 April 2017|
Response from Terry428 | Reviewed this property |
For a single day hike, you will want to take the Williams Lake Trail, from the Taos Ski Valley. This is a 6.2 mile trail and is considered a difficult trail. If you are new to hiking, at least make sure you are in good... More
My friends and I are planning to hike Wheeler Peak this summer. I gather from reading around that there are two trails leading to the peak, one shorter and steeper and one longer. I am assuming we'll take the shorter route since we are not prepared to backpack in. Where would any of you suggest I get a map? I am having trouble locating one. Also we are planning to camp, but would like a place with showers and electricity. Do you recommend any places nearby to camp?
12 January 2017|
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Response from Terry428 | Reviewed this property |
The best place to get a map, if you have some time, is MyTopo. (Trip Advisor will not let me share the link.) On this site you can create a customized map of any area/scale, with what ever overlays you want and have it... More
What is the best month to hike Wheeler Peak in regards to there not being too much snow and wind?
3 January 2017|
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Response from Laurie B | Reviewed this property |
My husband climbed it in the first week of September and the weather was good. He did get some fog at the peak.