Wheeler Peak Trail #90 is a hiking trail in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. It is within Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area and Carson National Forest. It is 7.3 miles long and begins at 9,424 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,593 feet. The Twining Campground camp site is near the trailhead. Fraser Mountain (elevation 12,142 feet), Wheeler Peak (elevation 13,163 feet), and Mount Walter (elevation 13,110 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Wheeler Peak -Trail 90 Professional Reviews and Guides
"Wheeler Peak lies in the center of the small 19,661-acre Wheeler Peak Wilderness. Several other of New Mexico’s highest peaks lie in and around the wilderness. The peaks and ridges are one of the few areas in New Mexico with extensive amounts of alpine tundra vegetation. The glacial cirques on the slopes of the peaks contain several natural alpine lakes. Snowfields remain year-round.
Be sure to get a very early start on this hike. To minimize problems with storms, you ideally want to be on the summit long before noon. Snow flurries are possible even in midsummer. Be sure to take rain gear and extra warm clothing. Lightning and hypothermia are real threats on Wheeler Peak and the lengthy exposed summit ridge."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
"As the highest point in New Mexico, 13,161-foot Wheeler Peak is a popular destination for hikers. A well-worn trail with moderate grades leads to the summit, passing through the state’s most extensive area of alpine vegetation. Eye-popping views extend in all directions from the long ridge leading to the peak; a small herd of bighorn sheep and the rare chance to see white-tailed ptarmigan add to the attractions."
--Craig Martin, 100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books).
"Highpoint rank by height: 8th. There are several ways you can organize your visit to this highpoint. Route 1 offers the shortest hike to the top; however, it also includes a very steep section which will challenge your aerobic conditioning on the way up, and your knees on the way down. Route 2 covers twice the distance but the trail is much more "pedestrian." You can enjoy lovely vistas along the ridges of this trail. Why not try the best of both worlds? Stroll up Route 2, and fly back down Route 1. If you're lucky, you'll find someone to give you a ride that last 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from the Hiker's Parking area to where you left your car. You may want to use a walking stick or trekking poles if you choose to descend steep Route 1 down to Williams Lake. Your knees will thank you."
--Charlie & Diane Winger, Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
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