Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake Trail

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Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake Trail is a 6.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3083 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

skiing

snowboarding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

snow

New Mexico highpoint Wheeler Peak is a 15 mile out and back trail located near Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until October. Ran into 14 -24" snow drifts on North slope areas on June 08 trip.

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14 days ago

This was a fun and challenging hike. The first half is pretty easy but when you hit Williams Lakes it's all up hill and switchbacks. Lots of rocks so please wear ankle support. On the way back thunderstorms started so I lucked out. All in all great hike!

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16 days ago

Hiked 8/1/17. Didn't quite make it to the top, the altitude got the best of my lowlander self. Definitely a tough trail, but probably one of the most beautiful places I've seen. Stopped at the lake for a bite and shared my trail mix with a couple of friendly chipmunks. Also saw a couple of pika and a female grouse in the rocky spots. Get an early start on this one. I highly recommend a beer and a brat at the Bavarian when you descend. Tim's Stray Dog Cantina also makes a killer green chile margarita.

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17 days ago

it's a tough climb but worth it in the end. next time will probably not go during monsoon season(August) with the kiddos so we can take more time allowing them to reach the top. we ended up sending them down early when the clouds started to gather.

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20 days ago

Awesome!

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21 days ago

Foggy on top

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22 days ago

Did this with my 18 year old son. Tough going last mile or so, but entirely worth the effort. Spent about 30 minutes on summit in awe. Memories that will last a lifetime.