New Meetup: Gold Hill Backpacking Trip to Wheeler Wilderness

From: Jon
Sent on: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 10:25 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The New Mexico Backpackers Meetup Group!

What: Gold Hill Backpacking Trip to Wheeler Wilderness

When: Friday, June 25,[masked]:00 PM

Trailhead for Wheeler Peak
Taos Ski Area
Eagle Nest, NM 87718

Gold Hill is one of the highest summits in northern New Mexico, at 12,711 feet. It is far less crowded than Wheeler Peak, while still providing spectacular views. This trail shares the first two miles of the Bull-of-the-Woods trail leading to Wheeler Peak, but then diverges and follows a ridgeline up to Gold Hill.

We will car camp Friday night at the popular Twining Campground, and camp Saturday near timberline, close to the ruins of an old mining cabin with tremendous views of Wheeler Peak. From there it will be a 2 mile round trip day hike to the top of Gold Hill.

Please Note: Anyone attending our trips must have a signed 2010 Waiver & Release Form on file with us. This covers all trips and activities for 2010, so you only have to sign it once. If you have not already signed this form, it can be downloaded from our "Files" section and turned in to the organizer when you arrive for the trip.

If you RSVP Yes for this trip please plan on attending. Please read our "RSVP" Policy located in our "About" section.

Drive time to trailhead: 3 hours, 15 minutes from Albuquerque

Directions to Friday night campground: Head North on I25 to Santa Fe, and take the St. Francis exit, heading North. This will put you on US 285/84, and you will stay on this road to Espanola. While in Espanola, the road turns into NM 68 if you keep going straight - stay on NM 68, rather than turning left to continue on 84/285. In Taos, the road turns into NM 64W; continue on this road. 4 miles North of Taos you will take the right fork onto NM 150N, and you will follow NM 150N for the next 14 miles as it twists and turns on its way toward Taos Ski Valley. You will make a slight left onto Sutton Place, continue for 1 mile, and at the intersection with Twining Road make a slight right to stay on Sutton. The campground is a very short distance past the intersection.

Directions to Saturday trailhead: From Twining Campground, return to the intersection with NM 150/Twining Road and make a right. Follow NM 150 for about a mile, going past the parking lots of Taos Ski Valley to the uppermost parking lot, and look for Wheeler Peak Trail 90 behind the information board.

The deadline for changing a "Yes" RSVP to a "No" RSVP is June 11, 2010

Trip Dates: June 25 (Friday evening) thru June 27 (Sunday hike out)

Trip Rating: Difficult due to elevation gain

Trail Length: 4.5 miles backpacking and 2 miles day hiking Saturday, 4.5 miles backpacking Sunday

Note: There is no water at our Saturday campground, so your choice is either to bring all the water you need or make a very steep but short trek to Goose lake on our way back to camp after reaching Gold Hill.

Elevation Gain: 3,321 ft

Elevation Range: 9,390 ft to 12,711 ft

Expected Temps: Highs in the low 70's to low 80's, lows in the low 30's to low 40's

Dogs Allowed

Notice: Disregard the info/map directions link as it is incorrect.

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