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off road driving
5 days ago

Main picture is not this place.
This trail is more a dirt/gravel road for off-roading. Road had some ice/snow in some spots and was pretty easy.

Nice hike, lake was frozen.
Most of the trail had tree cover, sunscreen optional.
Recommend micro spikes or something similar due to the ice/show.
Sign to trail-head road stated "4-wheel-drive" only, however there were vehicles in parking lot that were not 4x4. Was a very steep climb to the trail-head.
Arrived at the trail-head Sun around 1100 and parking lot was not full and had plenty of places to park.
Trail is marked with blue spray paint on the trees if you get lost.
Since AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions.

Mini spikes or something similar highly recommended for this trail, encountered snow and ice.

Fantastic experience! The hike from the trailhead to the lake is a pleasant stroll through the forest that includes streams and waterfalls. The trail is well marked and impeccably maintained. From the lake to the summit, one encounters seemingly endless switchbacks. The terrain varies from rock to dirt to snow and the intensity ranges from moderate to challenging. Once the saddle at the top of the climb is achieved, one is treated to an entirely new landscape of spectacular mountains on the other side. Several peaks are connected by saddles, so one can venture on after reaching Wheeler's summit.

Great place, easy hike with no technical aspects. Could not locate the geo marker on this Peak.

Camp at the lake/waterfall and enjoy. Campfire wood scarce.

Hiked and camped in August 2017.

hiking
18 days ago

As Alaskans driving around New Mexico for the first time, this was a fantastic trail. Varied terrain, not too steep for aging knees and gorgeous views. Saw these birds:
Mountain Bluebird, Cassins finch, nuthatch, Mt. Chickadee, flocks of robins, junco, raven, Townsend solitaire, red shafted flickers, ladder backed woodpecker.

Fun trail with a beautiful lake at the end. We did the hike on Black Friday, and it was definitely busier than we expected at the lake, but the trail didn’t feel overwhelmingly crowded.

There was a lot of packed down and icy snow, so be sure to bring shoes with good traction. We lucked out with weather, but it would be easy to feel cold if you don’t bring warm enough clothing.

trail running
29 days ago

Lovely! Overcast and cold AF, perfect for a run. A bit of ice but easy to navigate. Lake is gorgeous and if we were better dressed we might have gone on to the peak. Don’t be a dumbass and forget your hat and gloves

hiking
1 month ago

Went up 11/12/17. Snow on the ground from the beginning, (Phoenix Lodge), all-the-way up to the summit, but no traction needed. (MicroSpikes stayed in my pack).

For those unfamiliar, this is a switch-backed trail that anyone can hike, with no exposure and no scrambling. The altitude might slow you down a bit, but this is an easy route to a 13,000+ summit, with a magnificent view of the Sangre de Cristos, clear up to Colorado.

I highly recommend doing this as a loop hike, taking Bull-of-the-Woods down to the Taos Ski area main parking lot. This means 7mi down instead of 4mi, but you traverse an incredible ridge and alpine meadow, with 4-5 miles above treeline. The only issue here is that the two trailheads are about 2miles and 800ft of elevation apart. (I usually park down below, and hitch a ride up to the Phoenix in the morning.)

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a cold grey windy day but it didn’t matter.... it was so beautiful and the trees protected us from the wind the entire way up. Situated in a incredible alpine bowl

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