Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

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Re: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Postby desertdog » Sat Nov 09, 2013 8:16 am

Greenhouseguy wrote:
semitrueskerm wrote:Be careful, Greenhouse. That Williams Lake route does go through some dicey areas that look as though they could break loose. There wasn't much snow then when Mongoose & I climbed it a few weeks ago, but Mongoose & I commented on how we might be uncomfortable if it had more snow. I don't think it should deter you from going, especially if a trail has been broken...but be aware, as I'm sure you will.

(Remembering our snow climb on that windy day on Elbert a few years ago...)


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Yes, Jim, I thought about that trip and threw some handwarmers in my backpack just in case. I also have a lanyard on my camera so it won't pop out of my pocket again! I called the ranger station in Questa for conditions, and he sure didn't offer me any encouragement. We'll probably hit Santa Fe Baldy instead. Thanks for all the responses.


I did SF Baldy a couple weeks ago. The first couple miles of the Windsor Trail had a ton of ice on it. Its just a little down hill but I'd bring spikes just so you don't have to watch each step. Enjoy!
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Re: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Postby Greenhouseguy » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:48 pm

I think I made a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Wound up hiking the La Luz Trail on Sandia Peak; it was well worth the effort.

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Re: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Postby skiwall » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:05 pm

Greenhouseguy wrote:I think I made a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Wound up hiking the La Luz Trail on Sandia Peak; it was well worth the effort.

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Awesome! It's been such a pretty few days... I bet it was great. :)
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Re: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Postby B[3] » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:06 pm

I think I made a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Wound up hiking the La Luz Trail on Sandia Peak; it was well worth the effort.


It was beautiful up there at sunset yesterday. So many colors and such expansive views to the west; I hadn't seen that much red in a sunset in quite a long time.
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Re: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Postby NM_Hiker » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:23 pm

Greenhouseguy,

Nice photo. Ever think of hiking the Truchas? They are south of Wheeler Peak. If you are I would like to tag along.
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Re: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Postby abqben56 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:52 pm

B[3] wrote:
I think I made a wrong turn at Albuquerque. Wound up hiking the La Luz Trail on Sandia Peak; it was well worth the effort.


It was beautiful up there at sunset yesterday. So many colors and such expansive views to the west; I hadn't seen that much red in a sunset in quite a long time.


It's usually like that here.

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Re: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Postby painless4u2 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:43 pm

It's usually like that here.


Yeah, I see what you mean!

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Re: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Postby Greenhouseguy » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:38 pm

NM_Hiker wrote:Greenhouseguy,

Nice photo. Ever think of hiking the Truchas? They are south of Wheeler Peak. If you are I would like to tag along.


Absolutely. Several people have recommended the Truchas Peaks to me, and they seem like the perfect place to be in early fall. I'll have to start making plans! Sandia was a real eye-opener. It looks like a big lump of rock from the interstate. Up close, it has granite towers that would look right at home in Yosemite. The scenery beat all expectations.
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Re: Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

Postby skiwall » Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:36 am

Greenhouseguy wrote:
NM_Hiker wrote:Greenhouseguy,

Nice photo. Ever think of hiking the Truchas? They are south of Wheeler Peak. If you are I would like to tag along.


Absolutely. Several people have recommended the Truchas Peaks to me, and they seem like the perfect place to be in early fall. I'll have to start making plans! Sandia was a real eye-opener. It looks like a big lump of rock from the interstate. Up close, it has granite towers that would look right at home in Yosemite. The scenery beat all expectations.


I'm absolutely down for the Truchas! I see them from my house every day, and I want to be up there so bad! I'm very interested in a winter backcountry trip to ski them, depending on snowpack, if anybody is interested.
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