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Wheeler Pk Wilderness- Scenic Loop Drive, NM

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Distance Round Trip 124 miles
Trailhead Elevation 9,438 feet
Interest Historic, Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
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4  2010-08-18 Grasshopper
18  2010-04-22 gpsjoe
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Sun  7:07am - 4:47pm
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Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods Trail
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Wheeler Peak #62 - #90 Shuttle
Wheeler Peak #62 - #90 Shuttle
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Williams Lake from Upper Trailhead
Williams Lake from Upper Trailhead
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Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake
Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake
1.3 mi away
8.0 mi
3,000 ft
Gavilan Trail #60
Gavilan Trail #60
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3.0 mi
2,289 ft
Lost Lake Trail #91
2.2 mi away
Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67
Wheeler Peak Summit Trail #67
2.9 mi away
2.2 mi
2,106 ft
Mount Walter
3.1 mi away
Sawmill Park
3.7 mi away
11.0 mi
1,500 ft
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Wheeler Pk Wilderness- Scenic Loop Drive is a 124 mile round trip scenic drive with 6,500 feet accumulated elevation gain. Located 60 miles west-southwest of Raton New Mexico.

Overview
The popular, scenic, and historic "Wheeler Peak Wilderness" LOOP DRIVING ROUTE with a few extra driving side trip stops to included:
1.. Trip START at the Taos, NM, Ski Village (from 14.8mls up CO 150 at the Wheeler Peak TH/TR90 Start);
2.. A stop off CO 38 in Questa,NM, at the responsible Wheeler Peak Wilderness Questa Ranger Station;
3.. In Red River, NM, a scenic drive to/back on CO 578 to CO 58A to TH Start for "Sawmill Park TH/TR55 via TR56;
4.. In Eagle Nest, NM, a short drive through this historic town on CO 64 East to a scenic viewpoint (with potty) of large and popular Eagle Nest Lake State Park;
5.. Back to CO 64 West, then South to later exit on CO 434 South to have lunch in popular winter Ski Resort- Angel Fire, NM (at cheap with good eats- YU GARDEN Chinese Restaurant;
6.. Later END scenic driving loop back in Taos, NM, (north of town) on CO 64 at the intersections of CO 64/522/150.. Note: if you are driving back to Taos Ski Valley via CO 150, add an additional 14.8 miles to your 124 mile trip;


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    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.

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    "Start From": Option 1= Taos Ski Valley, NM, 14.8 miles up CO 150 at the Wheeler Peak TH/TR90 Start location; Option 2= North of the center of Taos, NM, at the intersections of CO 150/64/522.. start on CO 522; "End at": Option 1= Taos Ski Valley, NM (via CO 150, add 14.8 additional miles to your 124 mile trip); Option 2= at the intersections of CO 150/64/522 north of the center of Taos, NM on CO 64; (NOTE: it is recommended you download and follow the posted "GPS Default Route" attached to this hike description)
    page created by Grasshopper on Sep 01 2010 9:11 pm
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