Wheeler Peak – Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering
- Elevation: 4011 m
- Difficulty: Walk up
- Best months to climb: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
- Convenient center: Taos, New Mexico
Wheeler Peak Climbing Notes
robert from UNITED STATES writes:
This is a class 1 walk up. There are two routes to take. Bull of the Woods Trail (8 mi one way) and the Williams Lake trail to the new Wheeler Peak Trail (4 mi one way, 2900 vertical feet). I did this hike in Sep 2011. Get an early start to avoid being caught above treeline in a thunderstorm. You'll reach treeline at about 11,500 ft and there is no cover after that. I encountered a very light dusting of snow above 12,500 ft all the way to the summit. You will cross talus slopes enroute to the summit if you take the new trail. At the very least, have a pack with the 10 essentials. There is no water along the route so bringing it beforehand is a must.
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