Ascent of Wheeler Peak in 1961-08
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||13161 ft / 4011 m|
Ascent Trip ReportYesterday, while en route to Los Angeles, I flew to Albuquerque via Denver and then drove to Taos to sleep at a comfortable motel in Taos.
This morning I was in the parking lot at Taos Ski Valley by 7:00AM and soon on my way up Wheeler Peak via the scenic Twining-Blue Lake Trail. Though becoming partly cloudy as it progressed it was a mild, windless, pleasant day. Very few hikers on Wheeler Peak today. After a few minutes of enjoyable solitude enjoying the Wheeler Peak summit and its sweeping views I headed back down, arriving at my car by 4:00PM. Then a fast drive to Albuquerque to catch a flight to Los Angeles.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||3761 ft / 1146 m|
| Distance:||14 mi / 22.5 km|
| Route:||Twining-Blue Lake Trail|
| Trailhead:||Taos Ski Valley 9400 ft / 2865 m|
| Grade/Class:||Class 1|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Good, light clouds|
| Time Up:||4 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||3 Hours 30 Minutes|
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