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snow
5 days ago

Climbed Wheeler on 12/7/2019. First off - if you do not have four wheel drive or chains, you are not making it to the trailhead by the Bavarian Restaurant - it will add 4 miles to your trek, starting from the Taos ski parking lot (or you can do the Bull of the Woods trail - 16 miles round trip). Winter conditions - 3 feet of snow came in 1 week ago and another 3-4 inches several days before we climbed. We snowshoed the whole way - trailhead to peak ridge - if you try in these conditions without snowshoes, you are not going to make it. Winds were approximately 60 mph sustained at the top - zero visibility.

Attempted to catch the summit on 11/24. Hike to the lake was packed down snow, but not well marked. Where the trail splits to go either up to the summit or to the lake, we took a right to go up to the summit and there was at least 8inches of powdery snow and no trail marked out. We used the AllTrails map to get to about 11,400 ft but after blazing the trail through 8inches-4ft of snow in some of the drifts, we were exhausted and wanted to be sure we left enough time to get down before sundown so we turned around. We’ll be back another time to catch the summit.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful views and wide open space near the top. Spectacular with snow but I would recommend it early in the season. The part in the forest (or canyon, depending on route) from Bull of the Woods up is miserable with deep snow drifts. Hiked mid-June 2019 and the drifts were still 4-5 ft and hard to get over. Ensure you have GPS/trail map because the trail is almost impossible to find when it’s covered. Worth it once you get above tree line!

hiking
icy
26 days ago

Icy in mid November but overall good trail.

rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful views, nice distance and activity level. Very steep at parts, I would rate this a difficult trail. And it was a good trail in November, I wouldn't want to hike it in the summer mid day, it would be too hot and sunny.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Completed the loop in early November, which admittedly may not be the best time for this one. The views of Angel Fire, Eagle Nest Lake and Wheeler are the same as those along 64. The trail may be stunning when the aspens are changing, but otherwise it’s absent of significant water features or summit views and is mostly a forest road used for trail rides. Hiking clockwise, the climb is relatively gentle if long. The trail gets a little confusing toward the end as it cross-crosses forest roads, but not hard to find if you follow the app.

on Osha Trail

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
snow
1 month ago

Trail not marked. We did this as an exploratory hike. Was a little erie at times but the thrill was exciting. Will be memorable!! Absolutely loved this adventure!! Hiked with Mark, Chad, and Dave.

hiking
1 month ago

Only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was all the construction noise one could hear for the first mile.

I did this hike for sunset yesterday October 29th. Below the treeline there is about 2-5in of snow, and above the treeline its a mix of deep drifts, ice and bare rock. I'd recommend boots, gaiters and Micro Spikes. Took 4hrs round trip and sunset at the top was really pretty.

Great weather to summit yesterday, although a little windy up top. The trail is well marked, but a little difficult to navigate on the rock face below summit. The last hour & a half (2 miles?) on the rock face is very, very steep! We made the whole trip in 4.5 hours with a few ample breaks. All trails says 7.9 miles, but our phones recorded 11 miles including the little lake detour. Warning: when we arrived at the parking lot around 11am, 2 cars were broken into

We hiked this on Oct 23. First part of trail to Williams Lake is through construction at Taos Ski area, we found a new trail that went around construction but wasn't marked well so was a little confusing. After you get through ski are construction trail to lake is easy. We continued on to Wheeler Peak, took total of 3.5 hours to reach peak. Last mile to summit was tough and it was very cold and some wind. Beautiful views once you are past lake for entire hike. Lots if rock fields to cross during last couple of miles. Views at top are amazing and worth the effort to reach the peak. My All Trails quit recording for some reason, my husband's Fit But recorded 11 miles round trip. I think it is definitely longer than the All Trails description of 7.9 miles. Our doggie loved the hike, no water after you leave lake area.

Rented an ATV to drive the trail, which is steep, narrow and heavily rutted/rocky in places—but the payoff at the top was worth it. Beautiful alpine lake surrounded by steep cliffs on one side. We hiked around the lake to the goat paths that lead up the mountain to the south, and were rewarded at the top with almost 360 degree views to the Mesa and Taos Ski Valley. We then hiked across the mountain meadow at the top to a rocky outcropping, where we met volunteers with the state fish and game department who were counting large herds of bighorn sheep far below in the valley. While the parking lot by the lake is crowded, it’s easy to hike away for an additional adventure before returning to the bottom of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful area with sweeping views of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. The road to the trailhead from the main road is posted with a warning sign that it’s not suitable for passenger cars. But I was able to drive easily (although a slow 15 mph) in a Mazda 3 on a totally dry day. Attempt at your own risk. The trailhead is a little hidden, down the hill just west of the bathrooms at the main parking area for the campground. For those seeking an easier hike than the descent down and subsequent climb back up the Rio Grande canyon, there are networks of lightly traveled dirt roads around the campground above the rim that offer truly beautiful views, especially in the late afternoon. If there’s snow in the mountains, you may experience the most gorgeous alpenglow you’ve ever seen. I did. Definitely going back.

mountain biking
rocky
1 month ago

Steep and rocky 2 mi uphill, but worth the fast downhill back to the trailhead!

We hiked to the summit this afternoon. Started from the lake at 11:15 and back to the car by 2:45. Shortly after leaving the lake, there was some snow shower that got heavier as we approached the peak. Conditions at the peak were pretty rough, 50mph winds and hard pelting snow, but it was well worth it. The conditions improved rapidly as we descended. The views between the lake and the summit were incredible, and trail is smooth other than a few rock fields that must be crossed.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail. Especially good for kids. Our 4 year old did it with no problem. Some houses throughout but we only saw one other family on the trail.

Great trail, warm at the top today! Well marked and well kept!

We took William's Lake Trail up and Bull of the Woods down. The extra length of Bull of the Woods trail started making the descent very laborious. A ton of steep declines and rocky. The trail is beautiful but very long. I couldn't imagine going up that way, the amount of elevation gain on Bull of the Woods as opposed to William's Lake trail is something to seriously consider. An easier and faster overall hike is definitely William's up and down.

We went up this way to the summit of Wheeler Peak. It was by no means easy and we rested multiple times. Time up was 3.5 hours. But the views from the top were worth the hike, it was incredible! We took Bull of the Woods trail on the way back and though the views early in the trail were awesome the 7.5 miles really started to drag and it took almost 4 hours back that way. Wouldn't recommend adding it to your day unless you really, really want too.

Beauty of a hike

muddy
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

Took a UTV up and did fine. Pretty busy on a Sunday afternoon. A Jeep could definitely make it up but I’m parts it’s too narrow to pass. Watch for bees. Gorgeous aspen trees turning gold and orange. Some parts are pretty steep and rocky with drop offs but I would stay this trail is easy - moderate.

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