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Point 12,728

Point 12,728

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: New Mexico, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.54480°N / 105.42°W

Object Title: Point 12,728

Elevation: 12728 ft / 3879 m


Page By: Midlife Mountaineer

Created/Edited: Sep 27, 2005 / Jul 2, 2014

Object ID: 154739

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New Mexico


Point 12,728 is a picturesque mountain located in the Wheeler Wildeness Area of the Sangre de Cristo Range. this peak is seldom summited because in order to reach this peak from the east, you must first climb Wheeler Peak. Climbing Wheeler Peak is the goal of most of the hikers here. Also, the ridge between Simpson Peak and Point 12,728 is a little intimidating. The views from this peak are spectacular in all directions and are well worth the climb.
View from trail between...
Point 12,728 from south of Wheeler Peak

Getting There

From Taos, New Mexico: Drive four miles north on New Mexico (NM) state road #522. At about four miles, and at the first traffic light out of town, turn right (east) on NM 150 and drive for 15 miles until reaching the Taos Ski Valley ski area. As you arrive at the ski resort a huge "Taos Ski Valley" sign will greet you. Here the road forks. Stay left. Thanks to Alan Ellis for these directions
Pt 12,728 from Taos Ski Valley
Point 12,728 from Taos Ski Valley

Red Tape

Point 12,728 is located in the Wheeler Wilderness Area, wilderness rules apply.

When To Climb

It is best to climb this mountain from late spring to early fall, depending on how much snow is on the peaks.

Camping & Lodging

Camping is allowed in the wilderness area, but not on the ski area. There are also several campgrounds on NM 150.

There is ample lodging in Taos Ski Valley and also in Taos.
Here are some useful links:
outdoor recreation
Taos Chamber of Commerce
Carson National Forest
Taos Vacation Rentals

Mountain Conditions

Taos Mountain Web Cam
Taos Weather


Summit PanoramaWheeler and Simpson PeaksThe last wall to get past...Simpson PeakWinter, Williams Lake TrailView from trail between...Wheeler Peak and UN 12,728
Winter, Williams Lake Basin Point 12,728 from Williams...View of ridge between Simpson...View of Point 12,728 from...UN 12,819 (Bighorn Peak) from UN 12,728The DescentPt 12,728 from Taos Ski Valley
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