Photo by Kevin Koknar
|Range/Region:||Sangre de Cristo Range|
|Best months for climbing:||Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov|
|Nearest major airport:||Santa Fe, New Mexico|
|Convenient Center:||Taos, New Mexico|
Wheeler Peak is the highest peak in New Mexico. It is in the Wheeler Peak Wildnerness Area, a beautiful but rugged section of the Sangre de Cristo Range which extends north into Colorado. The city of Taos is southwest of the mountain, and the popular Taos ski area is situated immediately north of the mountain.
Wheeler Peak is climbed via a long hike from either of two trail heads. The most direct route is from Taos Ski Area. From the ski area, follow the Williams Lake trailhead a few miles to Williams Lake. From Williams Lake, follow Wheeler Peak Trailhead just a few miles to the summit. This Route is very direct and very steep.
The other route is via Red River New Mexico. Follow highway 578 to Wheeler Peak Village. Pass respectfully across private property to a NFS Trailhead. This trail is about eight miles to the summit. There is outstanding camping along the way at a trail junction that splits to Horseshoe Lake and Lost Lake. At the junction, turn left to Horseshoe lake in order to reach Wheelers Peak summit. From the junction, it is only 1/2 mile to either lake. Both lakes are extremely beautiful and full of Rainbow Trout.
Another peak of similar height goes by the same name in Nevada.