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Wheeler Peak Condition?

Postby sm0421 » Sun May 22, 2011 2:17 pm

Hi! Would love to know the current snow condition at Wheeler Peak in Taos... Planned to hike on May 26th, not sure if I should bring snowshoes (don't want to unless necessary)...anyone knows?

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Re: Wheeler Peak Condition?

Postby Clark_Griswold » Sun May 22, 2011 5:44 pm

http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.php?trip=9909

That makes it look like you won't need them, and going later this week there should be less. For just about the entire winter, and including the recent heavy spring snow storms that have plagued just about everywhere else in the Rockies, New Mexico has gotten very little snow.
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Re: Wheeler Peak Condition?

Postby jfrishmanIII » Sun May 22, 2011 10:03 pm

http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?t=29005&p=355043#p355043

Well just an update on Wheeler.. I went down to Taos with a buddy and hiked this week, and the mountain has received a lot more snow in the past week since mennoguy's TR.

Snowshoes were definitely a must throughout the Bull of the Woods trail... We were walking through deep, fresh powder. The only snow-packed portion was at the very bottom of the trail. Luckily, we both brought snowshoes so it all worked out. It was definitely a good time, but we did not make it to the top.


I hiked Deception Peak down by Santa Fe a week ago, and there was more snow left in the trees than I expected. We've had a storm since then, and the Taos area definitely has more than we do. I'd definitely plan on at least bringing the snowshoes to the trailhead.
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Re: Wheeler Peak Condition?

Postby sm0421 » Sun May 22, 2011 11:13 pm

Thank you so much Lionel and jfrishman!!!
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Re: Wheeler Peak Condition?

Postby jeffh25 » Mon May 23, 2011 2:24 am

onthesnow.com has some webcams from Taos. That might help you make a better educated guess.
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Re: Wheeler Peak Condition?

Postby Dan Shorb » Thu May 26, 2011 2:33 am

Went up to Williams Lake area on Sunday. The ridge itself will be somewhat bare. Descending and Ascending to the ridge may justify snowshoes, I'd bring them. If you brought snowshoes, I'd guess you could probably stash them once on the ridge, that way you'd have them for the afternoon slush on the way down.

Here's a pic from this Sunday (5/22) from Sin Nombre (SW):
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Re: Wheeler Peak Condition?

Postby sm0421 » Thu May 26, 2011 3:24 pm

Thanks ds! I think I'll probably rely on microspikes, my snowshoes are very heavy...

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Re: Wheeler Peak Condition?

Postby Dan Shorb » Thu May 26, 2011 10:48 pm

sm0421 wrote:Thanks ds! What's in your signature? Chinese ---"I don't know Jack"??


Indeed sir. Have Fun.
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Re: Wheeler Peak Condition?

Postby sm0421 » Sun May 29, 2011 2:03 am

did it in 6 hours, used microspikes, 50+mph wind on the top, fantastic weather, will write up a report.

We climbed the headwall, missed the trail, a lot of postholes, a brutal climb.

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