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Wheeler Peak, NM: trail closures?

Postby rachelgirl » Thu Jul 07, 2011 5:23 am

Hi. I am planning an attempt to summit Wheeler Peak in New Mexico within a couple of weeks, but heard that the trails were closed due to the fires. My goal is to start hiking from Taos... Curious: has anyone made any attempts to summit this beautiful place within the last month? If so, will you please let me know if your attempts were via the Taos side of the mountain or the Red River side?

Also, what were the trails like? Water availability? etc.?

Thanks!!!
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Re: Wheeler Peak, NM: trail closures?

Postby dsunwall » Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:32 pm

I clilmbed Wheeler June 26th from the Taos side. Trail was good and mostly snow free. I wasn't looking specifically for water but I think you could refill maybe up too 12K. not positive on that.
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Re: Wheeler Peak, NM: trail closures?

Postby dsunwall » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:19 pm

I've been informed that all trails in that area are now closed because of fires.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson/news/201 ... ctions.pdf
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Re: Wheeler Peak, NM: trail closures?

Postby Alpinist » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:11 am

The Questa ranger district, i.e. Wheeler Peak, is accessible now.

http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/carson/news/2011/some_of_cnf_returns_stage_2_fire_restrictions.pdf
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Re: Wheeler Peak, NM: trail closures?

Postby Alpinist » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:30 am

It's at Stage 2, which means it is OPEN but with some restrictions on fire, etc.
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Re: Wheeler Peak, NM: trail closures?

Postby Alpinist » Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:37 am

Right (and no welding either...) Obviously, it would be wise to call the ranger station to check current conditions before you go.
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Re: Wheeler Peak, NM: trail closures?

Postby Tonka » Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:40 pm

Fletch wrote:So I can hike to the summit, just not start a fire or light a cig or anything, right?

Thanks Alpinist, just trying to clarify...


I just talk to the ranger district today because I will be down there next weekend and the ristrictions are easing even more on Monday. I believe you are allowed to smoke in your vehicle at level 2 :)
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Re: Wheeler Peak, NM: trail closures?

Postby Alpinist » Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:55 pm

Can one of you post a message on conditions when you get back? I'll be out there in Sept. Hopefully the fires missed the immediate area around Wheeler.
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Re: Wheeler Peak, NM: trail closures?

Postby Alpinist » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:16 pm

Thanks Fletch. What about below treeline and around the trailhead?
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Re: Wheeler Peak, NM: trail closures?

Postby Alpinist » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:12 pm

Excellent - thanks!
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