OverviewPoint 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.
Getting ThereFrom 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
Red TapePoint 12,728 is located in the Wheeler Wilderness Area, wilderness rules apply.
When To ClimbIt is best to climb this mountain from late spring to early fall, depending on how much snow is on the peaks.
Camping & LodgingCamping 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:
Taos Chamber of Commerce
Carson National Forest
Taos Vacation Rentals
Mountain ConditionsTaos Mountain Web Cam