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Wheeler Peak, Red River

Categories: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.9/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
Wheeler Peak is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It is located northeast of Taos and south of Red River in the northern part of the state, and just southeast of the ski slopes of Taos Ski Valley. It lies in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains. The peak's elevation is.Formerly named Taos Peak, after the nearby town of Taos, New Mexico, it was renamed Wheeler Peak in 1950. A plaque at the summit states that the mountain was:Named in honor of Major George Montague Wheeler (1842–1905) who for ten years led a party of surveyors and naturalists collecting geologic, biologic, planimetric and topographic data in New Mexico and six other southwestern states.Nearby peaks and featuresJust north of Wheeler Peak is Mount Walter. At 13141ft it is the second highest named summit in New Mexico, but it is not usually considered an independent peak as it has only about 53ft of topographic prominence. It is sometimes mistaken for Wheeler Peak, since it is along the standard route to Wheeler. Lake Fork Peak at 12881ft lies just across Williams Lake and to the west of Wheeler Mountain.Taos Ski Valley lies to the northwest of Wheeler Peak, while both the town of Taos and Taos Pueblo are about 15mi to the southwest.
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  • 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 ...  read more »
  • 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. 
  • We took the Williams lake trail to the Wheeler peak trail. The Williams lake trail #62 is a fairly easy 2 mile hike, but it is very rocky at spots. The Wheeler peak trail cuts off to the left just as ...  read more »
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