Elevation

13,161 ft / 4,011 m

Prominence

3,409 ft / 1,039 m

Summits

111 summits

Top climbing months

July   27%

August   21%

June   18%

Most climbed route

Bull of the Woods

Highlights

  • Wheeler Peak is the highest peak in the state of New Mexico.
  • Lies in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains, in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness. Taos Ski Valley lies to the northwest of Wheeler Peak and the town of Taos is about 15 miles to the southwest.
  • The standard route on Wheeler Peak is along the north ridge.
  • Big horn sheep are common in the area.
"Last year this same group hiked to the top of Mount Elbert, Colorado state highpoint, so this year during our trip we decided to head south to New Mexico and hike Wheeler Peak. Luckily, we didn't get an early start since we dealt with some clouds and wind on the ascent to the summit. We saw plenty of pika, marmot, and mule deer on the trip. Summit was socked in while we were on top, but cleared up as we headed over to Walter. During the descent we got our best weather of the day and great views before we got down below treeline again. Back to the car by 1:30pm If I remember correctly." - LGH-Tom, Aug 20, 2018
"Another sweet peak victory with LGHTom and our friend Matt from NY. We were socked in pretty much the entire way up, but things cleared up as we went over to Mt. Walter. Tons of wildlife up there! " - LGH-Dan, Aug 20, 2018
"Day 1: My daughter Christina came to town for a 2 week visit and we made plans to have a 3 day peakbagging and backpacking adventure. I originally planned for us to peakbag in the Pecos Wilderness, but fire restrictions closed the area. We decided to go to the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, home of the highest peak in New Mexico. We left the house at 5:00 AM, June 15, 2018. We drove to the town of Red River then went south on Highway 578 to the East Fork Parking area. We arrived at 8:20 and were hiking by 8:40. The starting elevation was 9630 and it was a cool clear morning. Christina brought her" - Phil-Robinson, Jun 16, 2018
"The day of our ascent, there was a thunderstorm promised for later in the day, so we ascended faster than we would normally. Above the treelike, the wind increased dramatically, stealing the breath from you. On the summit ridge, it was extremely hard to walk as the gusts would knock you off balance with alarming regularity. We did successfully summit, and enjoyed the company of a chipmunk as we sat in the lee of the wind, once again celebrating our achievement with chocolate cigars!" - jenkinsrj@earthlink.net, Sep 22, 2017
"After climbing Guadalupe Peak, TX and Black Mesa, OK the last 2 days, today we made our way up to Wherler Peak via Bull-of-the-Woods trail. We made quick stops at BOTW Peak, Fraser Mountain & Walter Peak along the way. Took the Williams Lake trail down (with some perfect glissading). " - Kevin, Jun 4, 2017

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