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Wheeler Peak North Ridge

Intermediate

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3.5 mile 5.6 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,691' 515 m
Descent: -48' -15 m
High: 13,130' 4,002 m
Low: 11,487' 3,501 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 9% (5°)
Max Slope: 23% (13°)
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Trail shared by J. Bella

A high alpine traverse across open tundra.

J. Bella
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

From the Bull of the Woods Trail when you reach the saddle between Bull of the Woods and Frazer Mountains, head south. The route follows a gradually steepening ridge above a windloaded drop into avalanche paths and gains the ridge between Frazer's summit and north points.

There is usually a rolling snowfield here that lingers until late July; find a suitable route over this snowfield and continue across open tundra on an ascending traverse towards Frazer's 12,143' high summit. From here, the route is pretty straightforward; there's some slightly technical sections as it climbs the rocky up-and-down points above the Bong, Peace and Finger chutes then on towards Dog Peak, Mount Walter and topping out on Wheeler Peak at 13,161'.

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Bong Chute, Peace Chute and Fingers from Highline Ridge
Jan 7, 2018 near Taos Sk…, NM

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