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Tough Hike, AMAZING VIEWS!!

We took the hike via Williams Lake trail on the Taos side because it was "shorter." Shorter in... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
DT-AC92
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Gallup, New Mexico
This is harder and further than you think...

Either the US Forest Service measures miles differently than the rest of the world or the 7.3 mile... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
JanelleK
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St. Cloud, Minnesota
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An extremely challenging, eight to ten mile hike (one way).
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Red River, NM
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the hike via Williams Lake trail on the Taos side because it was "shorter." Shorter in distance maybe, but the terrain was very tough. We were told by a local to try the Red River side of the Hike via Middlefork Lake trailhead...More

Thank DT-AC92
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

Either the US Forest Service measures miles differently than the rest of the world or the 7.3 mile one way distance was an alternative fact...and that was only to the top of Mount Walter. The Fitbit measured 18.2 miles round trip up Bull of the...More

Thank JanelleK
Reviewed 17 July 2017

My friends and I hiked Wheeler Peak on 7-13-17. Gorgeous hike and my 3rd state high point. We took the Williams Lake trail and we got our start about 6 AM, which was a good idea because of the thunderstorms that come in during the...More

Thank 230kacie
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

We just hiked this mtn on 5/28/17. The entire trail to the top is still snow covered and I would not recommend hiking it without crampons and poles. The trail is visible at the very top, maybe last 500 ft of climb. Otherwise once you...More

1  Thank hot2tamale
Reviewed 26 April 2017

It might be best to hire an experienced driver. We drove ourselves and it was scary. This particular trip still had snow in some areas, so we didn't try it this time, but usually do.

Thank Mary_the_tourist
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We love visiting the lake and the peak. Loads of wildlife and scenic viewing opportunities. Take a picnic and spend the afternoon.

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 18 March 2017

One of the most amazing views when you get to the lake. If you plan on going past the lake, then you need to have "real hiking gear and equipment." Otherwise just straight up to the lake is a fairly easy climb if you are...More

Thank doctormay
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Hiked Wheeler many times from different directions. Be sure to plan your trip and if you have the time, make a 2-3 trip of it. If you are short on time, head out of Red River, drive to one of the parking areas and hike...More

Thank Terry428
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

This hike up Wheeler is tough, once you get to the top it is breathtaking! There also a canister that you unscrew the cap and sign your name in the book to show you climbed Wheeler pike. Amazing hike but best to do inlate June...More

Thank Tammye H
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is a great climb that is not overly difficult. Be sure to be prepared for weather changes and have water. You may feel the altitude difference as you climb.

Thank Laurie B
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Bryan_Carey
6 April 2017|
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Response from Terry428 | Reviewed this property |
For a single day hike, you will want to take the Williams Lake Trail, from the Taos Ski Valley. This is a 6.2 mile trail and is considered a difficult trail. If you are new to hiking, at least make sure you are in good... More
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230kacie
12 January 2017|
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Response from Terry428 | Reviewed this property |
The best place to get a map, if you have some time, is MyTopo. (Trip Advisor will not let me share the link.) On this site you can create a customized map of any area/scale, with what ever overlays you want and have it... More
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474mountaingirl
4 January 2017|
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Response from Laurie B | Reviewed this property |
My husband climbed it in the first week of September and the weather was good. He did get some fog at the peak.
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