Bull of the Woods Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Bull of the Woods Trail is a 14.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Taos Ski Valley, NM that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

14.5 miles 4656 feet Out & Back

dog friendly






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1 month ago

Terrific day hike. Strenuous but not difficult. Nice views once you're above the tree line, especially at Wheeler Peak.

Camped at the trailhead. Hit the trail at sunrise (6:30), reached Wheeler Peak at 11:00 and was back at the trailhead by 2:30. Glad I got an early start. Clouded up at noon and a light rain began around 1:00. But there was also lightning in the area and above the tree line there's no place to shelter. I'm a low-lander (Dallas), but in reasonably good shape (56; bike 40 miles a week). The altitude caught up with me; had to greatly slow my pace and take deeper breaths for the last 2-or-so miles up. Did not see another soul on the trail. Scads of marmots near the peak, including one perched on the top of the rock pile marking Wheeler Peak! (Photo.) No snow or ice on the trail (8/31/16).

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5 months ago

7 months ago

STRENUOUS HIKE if you're flat landers like us (Kansans), but the views are amazing. We hiked 7.5 miles to Wheelers Peak, then took the rocky 4 mile trail down by Williams Lake. Had a scary moment when we surprised a group of female mountain goats with kids, so stay alert & keep a distance. (One chased us off the trail a bit. She was not intimidated by us at all.) Loved this trail, hope to do it again someday.

8 months ago

Great hike a must if you want a great overnight to summit Wheeler

1 year ago

Loved this trail! We hiked it just as the leaves were starting to change and it was gorgeous. It is closer to 7.5 than 1.5, just a heads up. There's also lots of shade, so it's a great hike with dogs!

1 year ago

I tried to edit but the website is too miserable and not user-friendly. This trail is NOT 1.5 miles long. It goes all the way to the summit of Wheeler Peak, approximately 7.4 miles one-way. Because it is a widely-used trail, t is easy to find maps of it on Taos Ski Valley's website, local visitor centers, etc. Just google it and you should find something reliable, unlike this garbage.

As for the trail itself, I have nothing but fantastic things to say. I took it all the way to Wheeler. The first half is forested and less scenic (this is the steepest portion). Once above the treeline it's one of the most scenic views in the entire area. Very wide and clearly marked, so I never worried about losing the trail. Get an early start because in the summer months the thunderstorms are almost certain to arrive around noon at the higher elevations!

1 year ago

If you are not used to the altitude then this trail will be a challenge. It is steep at times but the views are worth it and make sure you are wearing a good pair of shoes and plenty of water.

1 year ago

Took the Bull of the Woods all the way to Wheeler Peak. I meant to start at the Williams Lake TH, but ended up enjoyed this longer, scenic version that was just as challenging yet different. Camped right at the TH!

1 year ago

This trail starts at the Taos Ski Valley parking at roughly 9400 feet. It's 2 mi. up to Bull of the Woods meadow at 10,800. The first mile is a bit steep, but overall an easy hike if you're used to the altitude. The trail contiues on bypassing Bull of the Wood Mountain, and reaching Fraser Mt. in a bit over 4 Mi. from there it is another 3 + mi. to Wheeler Peak.

2 years ago

3 years ago

Great for snowshoeing in the winter. Strenuous at times but short.

4 years ago

Took this trail up to Bull of the Woods pasture and then went on to Bull of the Woods mountain and Fraser Mountain. Attempted to go to Wheeler Peak via this route but there was too much snow past Fraser Mountain.

The trail was in good condition. There were patches of snow here and there but nothing serious. The trail is wide (old road) and rocky the entire way up.