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COPY CAT CLASSIC HIKE: Kachina Peak Loop a.k.a. Wheeler

  • Village of Taos Ski Valley

    7 Firehouse Rd, Taos Ski Valley, NM (map)

    36.596916 -105.454422

  • Meet in the parking lot near the Bull of the Woods trailhead, look for the silver Toyota Tundra

    I decided to cancel the hike given weather unpredictability and a satisfactory outcome after talking with the hotel. 

    Doug has the same hike next weekend and he knows the route. I may or may not go on it but if you have the time it will be worth it.  Here is the link to Doug's Hike on the 21st:

    Kachina Peak Loop a.k.a. Wheeler Peak the Hard Way-Difficult on September 21, 2013



    Once again, please read this description in its entirety before signing up. 

    This Hike is a "Copy Cat Hike" based on Doug Flynn's August 31st Kachina Peak Loop a.k.a. Wheeler Peak the Hard Way-Difficult hike. (Read Doug's Hike Description) Mikee and I have never done this hike, so it could end up being done on a wing and a prayer.  Basically that means this is part exploratory in nature and conditions in the field are not as predictable as a Bosque hike. 

    You should be fit enough for a long day at elevations above 12,000 feet. Everything you need, you must carry.  Suggest at least 6 quarts of water, rain and cold weather gear, and plenty of fuel for the day.  Don't forget a headlamp just in case.

    Did I say we would be at elevations above 12,000 feet for a good part of the hike.  Keep that in mind.  Elevation sickness can always be an issue. At high elevations anything goes from cold gale force winds to electrical storms.  If weather conditions warrant we will retreat. 

    This is not a beginners or an intermediate hike. 
    It is a strenuous advanced hike.

    Physical Level: Strenuous

    Technical Level: Advanced

    Distance: At least 10 miles

    Elevation Gain: Unknown at this point, probably 5000+

    Prerequisites: You should be a fit and experienced hiker.  Have hiked before with me, Mikee, Victoria, Doug Flynn or Brian.  Don't sign up unless you know you can make it.


    • Assemble Saturday morning, September 14, at 6AM in the Taos Ski Valley parking lot 

    • Take the service road to Kachina peak

    • Use the Doug's image above as a guide for finding the route to Wheeler Peak

    • From Wheeler we will work our way along a ridge system then drop down and take the Bull of the Woods trail back down to the parking lot.

    Getting There etc:

    Mikee and I are leaving Bernallio Friday at 1PM from the 550 and I25.  We can caravan up with others who would like to leave at that time, otherwise people will have to self organize transportation.  We will be staying in the Taos Ski Area.  There are cheaper places in Taos or camping along the way from Taos to and withing the ski basin.

    If you have questions: Ask

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  • Ladybug

    ps. i am going to be at my place in taos anyway this weekend and was planning on climb lobo peak w the dog on saturday...this wheeler peak loop seemed like a fun alternative, and would be nice to meet you folks (finally)

    September 9, 2013

    • Ladybug

      i'll be in taos from fri pm - sun am. i'm game for a soggy tree hike on saturday, maybe my original plan of lobo peak (or at least until the tree line) via italianos or trail furthest west/downhill on TSV rd?

      September 12, 2013

    • Aaron G.

      I just canceled the hike, posted the cancellation on the hike description and sent everyone an email. Overkill I know, just wanted to make sure everyone got it.

      September 12, 2013

  • Aaron G.

    @Ladybug has pointed out that NOAA has 60% "thunderstorms likely" at Taos ski valley for Saturday". This may be a good time to drop out and make other plans. Doug is doing this same hike next weekend. So you won't miss anything.

    I am still going, although I won't risk a high altitude hike if the prediction holds on Saturday morning. There is always a plan B. So if you still intend to go be aware a change in plans is possible.

    September 12, 2013

  • Vidya

    Hi Aaron, Are you guys camping friday night ?

    September 9, 2013

    • Vidya

      That's the plan unless the campgrounds are full or its pouring rain when I get there.

      1 · September 10, 2013

    • Aaron G.

      There is a primitive campground right at the start of the Bull of the Woods Trail, which is where we will assemble on Saturday morning. I am staying shot walk from the trailhead and campground. I've never seen the campground full, so you would have a good shot at getting a site. I'll be there Friday by 4PM and could text you the campground status and even pay the fee and hold a spot if empty.

      September 11, 2013

  • Ladybug

    are dogs invited on this trip? mine has summited wheeler twice this summer with me via williams lake, and a few 14ers in previous summers

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • Doug F.

      I would not recommend bringing your dog as there is some class 3-4 scrambles along the way and there could also be lots of Bighorn Sheep. The hike up Wheeler via Williams and most Colorado 14'ers are on established trails. The trip Aaron is doing is along a route with some exposure.

      1 · September 9, 2013

    • Z

      Having done this, I dont think dogs can make it up the slab, its too vertical. I been contemplating for a while if I'd bring mine with me to do it again. For that section, I think the owner would probably have to take the dog around to find an alternative route and thus not get to do the slab themself which is super fun!

      1 · September 9, 2013

  • Ladybug

    Yeah...was wondering more on the group's feelings about dogs being present. We are both good w exposure and sheep. Will think on it.

    1 · September 9, 2013


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