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Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range, this wilderness area...

Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range, this wilderness area includes Wheeler Peak, which is the highest point in New Mexico at 13,161 feet in height.

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Awesome hike!

We camped out at the Taos ski area. Then hiked from there to the peak. Difficult but rewarding! Hike from base up, but then hike down towards the Lake side. Quicker and more... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We camped out at the Taos ski area. Then hiked from there to the peak. Difficult but rewarding! Hike from base up, but then hike down towards the Lake side. Quicker and more steep. If you do this in reverse, you'll have a harder hike up and a longer walk down! Took us about 8 hours at a decent pace.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Not for the faint hearted and not for a two wheel drive vehicle. The scenery is just breathtaking. Folks who like the great outdoors will appreciate this area.

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Hiawassee, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

This was our first hike up to Wheeler Peak just over 13000'. It was a clear June day with azure sky devoid of clouds. We parked at the large parking lot for Williams Lake trail which you reach after a surprisingly long dirt-road drive up the mountain past the main ski parking and condos. Just stay on the main road... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

Hiking the bulk of the woods trail with my two boys 11 and 14 for three days two nights in a backpacking trip to the summit of wheeler peak in early June was a most excellent adventure full of challenges beauty and awesome views.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

There are plenty of trails for you to hike, and plenty of places along the hike have very majestic views, such as on top of wheeler peak, or if you find yourself at williams lake. Just remember to pace yourself if you're not used to slightly higher altitudes. And if you hike Wheeler peak, have good shoes, and some hiker... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

We started at Wilderness Lodge where we were staying, but you can drive up to the house and hike up from there without blocking anyone.

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Bradford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

Spectacular scenery and well maintained trails! Could have used a bit more signage, but with a map and time no trouble moving around. We ran the 14 mile loop fro Taos Ski Village to Wheeler via Williams lake then came down via Bull-of-the-Woods. Great way to spend the morning (or day or weekend).

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Texas Hill Country
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

We hiked Wheeler Peak up and down via the Williams Lake Trail on 8/20/15. We left at 7:00 a.m. and were back down by 1:30 p.m. This is a steep hike, especially the last mile or so...with lots of switchbacks...and several places where you must traverse over rocks. I'm glad I took an old ski pole to help with my... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

We hiked the Bull of the Woods trail up, and the shorter trail via Williams Lake down (~12 miles total). This was a strenuous, tough hike, but the views from Bull of the Woods were stunning. We encountered aggressive mountain goats protecting their young--very scary because we were unprepared, so I recommend reading up on what to do. Overall it... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

This was a hard but rewarding hike. I went up bull of the woods at 6:08 am and got up to the top at 11:38 am. Don't go down that way. It's much easier on your body to go down the lake Williams trail. BUT don't go up the lake Williams trail. It's pure rocks and steepness. It's fine going... More 

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