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Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2016
fricknaley
Hiking15.06 Miles 4,627 AEG
Hiking15.06 Miles   6 Hrs   36 Mns   2.70 mph
4,627 ft AEG   1 Hour   1 Min Break12 LBS Pack
 
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wonderful hike to the high point of New Mexico

got an early start at dusk to play it safe. luckily it had cleared up overnight and throughout the day i had wonderful weather. it's a pretty big climb up but never really feels horrible and once you break through the trees just past bull of the woods peak, the expansive views are outstanding!

i didn't see anyone until i was nearly at the summit of Mt. Walter, where i chatted with a very nice father/daughter backpacking combo. There were 3 people on the summit for a few minutes, then i had it to myself. sensational views and temps up there. in the span of 15 minutes i watched tiny storm clouds form and decided it was time to go. up in pants and long sleeve, down in zip off shorts and tee - love that.

extremely pleasant hike down. saw a few more people. lot of flowers and a marmot or two

this one is pretty high on my list. really enjoyed it. if and when i come back, for variety, i'd like to do it again the short way from williams lake and also hit Old Mike Peak which looked really cool. thought about it today, but watching the clouds materialze told me otherwise
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