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Backpacker Magazine – September 2009

Rip & Go: Wheeler Peak Loop - Wheeler Peak Wilderness, NM

Connect alpine lakes and tag three summits on this wildflower- and wildlife-packed loop.

by: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

50 feet from Wheeler Peak's Summit (Tom Till)
50 feet from Wheeler Peak's Summit (Tom Till)

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On the Menu
Breakfast 1
On the road
Snack
Trail mix
Lunches 1 & 2
PB & honey bagel
Dinner 1
Old Mike's Rice
Breakfasts 2 & 3
Oatmeal
Snack 2
Energy bar and beef jerky
Dinner 2
Wheeler Quesadillas

Old Mike's Rice
A super-easy dish that packs a punch

2 cups instant rice
4-ounce can chopped green chiles
5-ounce can chicken
1 chicken bouillon cube
4 ounces pepper jack cheese

Bring two cups of water to a boil; add rice, chiles, chicken, and bouillon cube, stirring to break up cube. Cover and simmer five minutes. Finely chop cheese; sprinkle on rice, then eat.

Wheeler Quesadillas
Can't stop with just one

8 corn tortillas
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
4 ounces pepper jack cheese
1 cup salsa
2 teaspoons olive oil

Finely chop cheese and chipotle pepper. Place a tortilla in lightly oiled skillet; top with pepper, cheese, and salsa. Heat until cheese melts, then fold tortilla and flip. Toast opposite side, then eat. Repeat.

The Grocery List (Aisle #) in nearest store below
1 pack trail mix (4)
1 pack beef jerky (4)
2 bagels (5)
4 packs oatmeal (6)
4 energy bars (6)
7 oz. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (7)
8-oz. jar salsa (7)
4-oz. can green chiles (7)
5-oz. can chicken (8)
1 chicken bouillon cube (8)
1 box instant rice (8)
8-oz. jar peanut
butter (9)
1 jar honey (9)
1 pack corn tortillas (dairy)
8 oz. pepper jack cheese (dairy)
Pack olive oil

Nearest Grocery Store
Der Market Food Store

307 West Main Street, Red River, NM; (575) 754-2974; dermarktfoodstore.com

Pit Stop
On the way out of town, grab a jumbo Middle Fork Pork burrito with a side of fresh guacamole at Tia Buena's. And don't miss the obligatory slathering of piquant red or green chile on top. 325 W. Main St., Red River, NM; (575) 754-6577




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Jovanny
Jun 04, 2011

im going on this trail for the first time hopefully itll be fun....looking foward to it

Jovanny
Jun 04, 2011

im going on this trail for the first time hopefully itll be fun....looking foward to it

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Jan 27, 2011

Nice review ! I like your article and i will definitely look again.
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Jan 24, 2011

Nice review ! I like your article and i will definitely look again..........................................
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Jonathan Patten
Oct 05, 2009

Awesome trail, been there 3 times! Twice as an overnighter, and once as a day hike, from bottom to the top!

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