Wheeler Peak

Elevation (feet): 13,161
Elevation (meters): 4,011
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sangre de Cristo Range
State: New Mexico
Latitude: 36.556941
Longitude: -105.416901
Difficulty: Walk up
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

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

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.

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to this description. (View history)