Wheeler Peak Summit Trail 67

Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area, New Mexico

Distance2.2mi
Elevation Gain2,926ft
Trailhead Elevation13,042ft
Top13,057ft
Elevation Min/Max11122/13057ft
Elevation Start/End13042/13042ft

Wheeler Peak Summit Trail 67

Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67 is a hiking trail in Taos County, New Mexico. It is within Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 13,042 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,926 feet. This trail connects with the following: Williams Lake Trail #62 and Wheeler Peak -Trail 90.

Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67 Professional Reviews and Guides

"Today, hikers and recreationists in ever-increasing numbers converge on the Wheeler Peak Wilderness. Most seek to stand atop New Mexico’s highest mountain. It’s a worthy goal, for while summiting Wheeler Peak requires no mountaineering skills, it does require commitment and stamina. There are three primary approaches to Wheeler Peak and to the Wheeler Peak Wilderness.

The shortest and fastest route to the top is from Williams Lake at the peak’s west base. Here an unmarked and unmaintained but fairly clear route climbs very steeply up the western slopes, then runs south along the summit ridge to the top. (The Forest Service may soon put in a real trail to curtail erosion.) This route allows day hikers to make the climb and return before late summer afternoon thundershowers strike. Numerous marked and maintained trails connect the major summits, lakes, and other features of the Wheeler Peak Wilderness. During the summer, the trails often receive heavy use. Hikes range from day excursions to backpack trips."

Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67 Reviews

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9/5/2009
We hiked Trail 56 (Red River side) to Horseshoe Lake and then Trail 91 to Wheeler Peak. The road to the trailhead has many deep potholes-4x4. This was my first overnight hiking experience and I would definitely recommend it to prepared beginners. Trail 56 has a gentle grade, there are plenty of stream crossings to filter water, and there are several scenic views. The only "tough" spot was at a small portion of Tr91 above Horseshoe which was rocky. Despite the rain we made it to Wheeler and the clouds broke~ Beautiful! Bring your camera! Good Luck and Good Hiking!
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8/15/2009
This is a nice overview. Hiked the Lost Lake and Horseshoe Lake route up to Wheeler Peak. Very beautiful route. Tent camping is available in 6 pre-determined sites at Lost Lake and at Horseshoe Lake. Lakes are stocked.
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8/3/2009
We hiked from Taos Ski Valley to Williams Lake, Trail No. 62. Wildflowers were abundant and marmot were scampering. One poor little fellow left nothing but his face in the trail indicating mountain lion activity in the area. A short, but worthwhile, moderate climb to the lake and its surrounding peaks. Wheeler looks so attainable from here!
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Trail Information

Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Wheeler Peak Wilderness Area
Parks
Difficult
Skill Level
Skiing
Additional Use
Carson National Forest—Questa Ranger District
Local Contacts
Carson National Forest—Latir Peak and Wheeler Peak Wildernesses
Local Maps