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New Mexico's highest peak at 13167 (13161?13159? anyway it's the tallest). Shortest trail is up the... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2018
Marathon, Florida
Good climb

We came up from the Taos side and stopped by Williams lake for a breather. It is a good steep... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
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An extremely challenging, eight to ten mile hike (one way).
Red River, NM
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Reviewed 21 August 2018

New Mexico's highest peak at 13167 (13161?13159? anyway it's the tallest). Shortest trail is up the Williams Lake side - about 1/4 mile before the lake hang a left. Well marked. I measured about 9.5 miles round trip from trail head at Williams Lake parking...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

We came up from the Taos side and stopped by Williams lake for a breather. It is a good steep hike, but manageable. The trails are well marked and you can make it up without any strenuous climbing. You will be rewarded with a tremendous...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank JCChemDry
Reviewed 17 January 2018

This is a great hike. It's a little long, and the way the trail is designed makes it seem longer. The first two miles aren't particularly pleasant. The elevation gain is fairly steep and I found myself having to stop and catch my breath several...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Bub807
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Two night back pack through Lost Lake and Horse Shoe Lake to Wheeler Peak. An amazing trip with endless views. Watch out for bicyclers on the narrow, sometimes steep trail, who are now, unfortunately,allowed on the trail.

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank cariefanning
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We took the hike via Williams Lake trail on the Taos side because it was "shorter." Shorter in distance maybe, but the terrain was very tough. We were told by a local to try the Red River side of the Hike via Middlefork Lake trailhead...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank DT-AC92
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Either the US Forest Service measures miles differently than the rest of the world or the 7.3 mile one way distance was an alternative fact...and that was only to the top of Mount Walter. The Fitbit measured 18.2 miles round trip up Bull of the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank JanelleK
Reviewed 17 July 2017

My friends and I hiked Wheeler Peak on 7-13-17. Gorgeous hike and my 3rd state high point. We took the Williams Lake trail and we got our start about 6 AM, which was a good idea because of the thunderstorms that come in during the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank 230kacie
Reviewed 29 May 2017 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

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank hot2tamale
Reviewed 26 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.

Date of experience: April 2017
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.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank E5330ESchrisd
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6 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
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
4 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.