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Andrew RankineOne of my favorites  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2009

Andrew Rankine

One of my favorite state highpoints. 16 miles, a couple feet of snow. Lots of fun.
Posted Oct 25, 2011 1:29 pm

huskertriguyBreaking into double digits!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 3, 2011


SHP #10

I cannot recommend highly enough purchasing a detailed topo map. There are numerous trail junctions, many of which are NOT marked whatsoever. Luckily my intuition prevailed.

Bull-of-the-Woods Trail.

Started at 4:30 a.m. and summited by 10:00. If I'd had a topo map, I would've considered taking the Williams Lake route on my return, but I (stupidly) did not do much research, nor did I have a map. I'd assumed the trail & summit were pretty straightforward, but I was mistaken.

I did find myself wondering whether the trail planners were on peyote at the time they designated the route. Bull-of-the-Woods is unnecessarily circuitous, particularly at La Cal Basin. Mixing it up and taking Williams Lake would've been a welcome change.

Beautiful and quite a lot of solitude. Well worthwhile even if it weren't a SHP. I saw a total of 5 people all day; 3 on their way down who summited for sunrise, and 2 on the way up later in the day.
Posted Oct 9, 2011 3:59 pm

michael350ls1Williams lake route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2007


i was kinda tired midways. very steep, but a group of approaching female climbers below me gave me the energy to finish. beautiful view.
Posted Oct 2, 2011 7:55 pm

eric-grizState HP #37  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 12, 2011


Very cold and windy at the summit with a little bit of snow on the upper portions of the mountain. A worthwhile hike for sure!
Posted Sep 20, 2011 7:55 pm

AlpinistBull of the Woods loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2011


Went up Bull of the Woods trail and descended via Williams Lake. We expected a pleasant late summer hike but encountered full winter conditions on the summit. It snowed 3-4" on the upper ridge with drifts up to my knees in some places. Temps were in the 30's. The wind was blowing 30mph and visibility was less than 100ft. We wern't fully prepared for that but pressed on wearing only summer hiking boots and lightweight raingear. This is my 46th state highpoint.
Posted Sep 10, 2011 11:47 pm

SwithichSweet Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2011
Great trip. Use the Williams Lake trail for a shorter route. A trail has actually been cut up the slopes of Wheeler Peak from the Lake. Cuts off 6 to 8 miles. I used Bull of the Woods, a long 14 miles. First 13er and new highest peak for me. BTW it is just a walk up...the trail goes to the summit. Via this route no scrambling needed.

Great trip!
Posted Sep 6, 2011 2:26 pm

JustDSMFirst 13er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2011


Me and my German Shepherd made the hike up to Wheeler Peak. Our first 13er.
Posted Aug 30, 2011 4:20 pm

schweiger0825Fourth of four  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2011


This one closed out my vacation spurt of HPs (Nebraska, Okla, Texas, N.M.), and what a nice way to go out. HP #9 for me, I took the Bull of the Woods there and back for about an 8-hour total round trip. Except for all the horse and cow dung on the trail (which attracted tons of butterflies to see at least), this was an awesome experience. Enjoyed returning to more New England-like terrain after Okla and Texas. Came upon a big herd of cattle that seemed confused by my presence. Like the bonus Mt. Walter 13'er peak too. Tremendous views, and only one real windy stretch.
Posted Aug 24, 2011 1:19 pm

coolalertguyToo much snow
Date Climbed: May 5, 2011


Post-holed up to above La Cal basin, turned around due to tight schedule and slow-going. Beautiful mountain though. I'll be back.
Posted Aug 24, 2011 10:34 am

JohnnyCObusy summer day  Sucess!


Busy day up on wheel chair peak. Great new trail from williams lake trail. Too bad people short cut the switchbacks.
Posted Aug 22, 2011 11:01 pm

vbeckman74Long Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2004


A rollercoaster of altitude and weather.
Posted Aug 21, 2011 6:04 pm

twillyI need oxygen  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2010


Left from Las Cruces (Elevation 4,000ft) early in the morning and got to the trail at 11. When I got to the ridge a thunderstorm rolled in so I ran down to the tree line and waited it out. After about an hour of pouring rain and hail the storm passed. After that I went to the summit. My lungs felt terrible. gaining over 9,000 feet in less than half a day kills the lungs. It was still worth it though.
Posted Aug 17, 2011 10:57 pm

joseyinnetreally great hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2011


Went up Bull of the Woods, and down Williams lake. The last two miles on the road were pretty rough on the legs. Lots of marmots and bighorn sheep to keep you company. My 10th state HP!
Posted Aug 14, 2011 8:24 pm

utclimberCloudy day  Sucess!
I hiked up Wheeler Peak with my Dad in the late 90s.
Posted Aug 14, 2011 1:28 pm

xpdaWheeler Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 31, 1995


Made it before dark!
Posted Aug 10, 2011 3:27 pm

TonkaBull both ways  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2011


Started a little later than we wanted (8:30) but had a good day and the afternoon storms never really amounted to much. The route is pretty long at over 15 miles and we had flown in from Minneapolis the night before so the altitude played a bigger role than normal for us. The sheep were everywhere. We were walking right through herds of a dozen or more multiple times. Pretty cool.
Posted Aug 8, 2011 12:48 pm

cdograiny hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2005


Hiked up solo during a soggy summer day. Didn't see anyone else but did see a few marmots and mountain goats along the way. Pretty neat vegetation and trees in this area. Didn't get too many views due to the clouds and fog, but still had a great hike.
Posted Aug 4, 2011 12:22 pm

awilk7NM Highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2005
Trail up from Williams Lake was easy to follow, just a bit steep up the talus, but not bad. Slept in my car at the parking by the ski area the night before, it was so nice to feel the cool, thin mountain air after a summer in the Midwest (Kansas City).
Posted Aug 1, 2011 4:05 pm

zoomlocoperfect hike  Sucess!


bull of the woods is the classic and is beautiful; the lake below is full of squirrels but also amazing otherwise. aug 2002
Posted Jul 16, 2011 5:31 pm

KoonsyGood Stuff  Sucess!


Up Bull of the woods and down to Williams lake made for a scenic hike.
Posted Jun 20, 2011 3:19 pm

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