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Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods Trail
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Wheeler Peak via Bull of the Woods TrailNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2019
DixieFlyer
Hiking16.20 Miles 4,616 AEG
Hiking16.20 Miles   9 Hrs      2.17 mph
4,616 ft AEG   1 Hour   33 Mns Break
 
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I have been eyeing Wheeler Peak for a while, and after hiking in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado for a few days, on my way back to the VOS I decided to swing by Taos Ski Valley and bag the New Mexico High Point.

I did an out-and-back hike starting at the Bull of the Woods Trail #90. The first part of the hike was through forests that were nice but didn't have any views. Once I got near 12,000' I was above the treeline and hiked a few miles in alpine meadows, which had some really nice views. There were 3-4 false summits, and I didn't actually see Wheeler Peak until I was almost there. The trail took me right over Mount Walter, which is only about 25 feet lower than Wheeler Peak.

This was a nice but strenuous hike -- the distance and elevation gain are similar to hiking Humphreys Peak from the Inner Basin.
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