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Long but Beautiful Hike

This is a great hike. It's a little long, and the way the trail is designed makes it seem longer... read more

Reviewed 17 January 2018
Bub807
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Bozeman, Montana
Wheeler Peak through Lost Lake

Two night back pack through Lost Lake and Horse Shoe Lake to Wheeler Peak. An amazing trip with... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
cariefanning
,
Los Alamos, New Mexico
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An extremely challenging, eight to ten mile hike (one way).
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“williams lake” (11 reviews)
“tree line” (6 reviews)
LOCATION
Red River, NM
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"an amazing trip"
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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Thank Mary_the_tourist
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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
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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
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Reviewed 23 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

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Great_Beer_Now
6 April 2017|
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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
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230kacie
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
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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.
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