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Wheeler Peak #62 - #90 Shuttle is a 10.8 mile shuttle hike with 3,363 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 60 miles west-southwest of Raton New Mexico. A high clearance vehicle is recommended to access the trailhead. July and June are the best months to enjoy this hike. This hike involes off trail navigation. Review triplogs, photos and the route to understand the terrain before heading out.
There are at least three(3) hiking options to summit New Mexico's highest peak- Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet.
The FIRST hiking option is an out and back via the Bull of the Woods TH-Wheeler Peak TR#90 (see posted HAZ hike description for details). This SECOND option described here (a recommended "Shuttle Hike"), "starts" at the upper Williams Lake TH-TR#62 and "ends" at the Bull of the Woods TH-Wheeler Peak TR#90 lower start location.
It is this authors personal opinion that this SECOND option shuttle hike provides more diverse and scenic hiking enjoyment with less repetitive trails and approximately four(4)less hiking miles with ~1000 feet less AEG than the out and back FIRST hiking option described above. It should also be noted that this SECOND hiking option does require some Class 2 on some upper sections of the "unofficial" use trail that is utilized to hike from the beginning east end of Williams Lake (at way point N36.55775 W105.42998) to connect near the summit with upper Wheeler Peak TR#90 (at way point N36.55907 W105.41556).
This hiking route summits three peaks between TH Start and TH End: Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet; Mount Walker at 13,133 feet; Mount Frasier at 12,163 feet;
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
This is a moderately difficult hike.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.