Due to unforeseen circumstances, we were not able to reach the summit of Wheeler Peak (13,161′). However, the hike is a long, non-technical adventure. There are numerous hikes in the area. All of the photographs that you see on this page were taken from the Angel Fire Ski Resort.
If you are staying in Taos, this should be one of the areas that you try to see. The aspen groves are absolutely incredible.
Wheeler Peak is the highest mountain in New Mexico. It rests at the southern end of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
The standard route on Wheeler Peak is a trek that follows the north ridge. The hike starts at the parking lot for Taos Ski Valley, and proceeds east along an old road to a broad saddle at Bull-of-the-Woods Meadow. It then turns south and slithers its way among minor peaks and small valleys to gain Wheeler Peak from the north, going over the summit of Mount Walter along the way. This is a great route even in winter as there is very minimal avalanche exposure.
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