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bechttRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Trail Date Climbed: Aug 93  Sucess!


Straight forward hike up with 5 friends
Posted Mar 12, 2005 2:08 pm

LinejudgeRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Trail Date Climbed: August 1994  Sucess!
My wife, my dad and I made this climb. We had great weather and had a good time. While we were on top a man and his seven year old son made it up the Williams lake trail. The dad was excited but the little boy looked worn out. I realy liked looking down on horseshoe lake. I would like to climb to that lake someday.
Posted Feb 9, 2005 5:26 pm

wwellsRoute Climbed: Bull-of-the-Woods Trail, up and down Date Climbed: July 9, 2003  Sucess!


This is a beautiful hike, and an experience I will always treasure. The switchbacks out of La Cal Basin were taxing. Saw lots of cheeky marmots and a bighorn sheep that only begrudingly moved off of the trail for me.
Posted Feb 2, 2005 1:00 am

Steve GruhnRoute Climbed: Bull-of-the-Woods Trail Date Climbed: August 6, 1992  Sucess!
Nice long walk.
Posted Jan 26, 2005 10:48 pm

ChaddBraggRoute Climbed: Up Bull of the Woods, down Williams Lake Date Climbed: July 2004  Sucess!
Great climb, but I might have wanted something not so long for my first peak ever. Saw lots of wildlife, and running down the scree on upper Williams Lake trail was great. Reccomend the pizza in the little pizza place in Taos Ski valley after . . .its great
Posted Nov 23, 2004 3:39 pm

paclimberRoute Climbed: WIlliams Lake Date Climbed: October 8, 2004  Sucess!


Went up WIlliams Lake, down Bull of the Woods. Encountered snow at about 10,500 and above. Brutal conditions along summit ridge - 30-40 mph winds, temps in the 20's. But plenty of sunshine, and winds eventually did subside. Great views from the summit. Fun climb, even though we did got a little lost towards the bottom of Bull of the Woods Trail.
Posted Oct 14, 2004 5:25 pm

ChuckORoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: july 2001  Sucess!


Great hike, beautiful country!
Posted Oct 8, 2004 4:41 pm

jenniferdenoyaRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods, beginning at Taos Ski Valley Date Climbed: August 26, 2004  Sucess!


It was a super windy summit, but well worth the 9 mile hike. It was unseasonably cold and abnormally windy. I met a dog at the top that had climbed Wheeler 4 times! We went down the Williams Lake trail, which I highly recommend. It shortens the return trip by about 4 miles, and the scree-skiing is too fun!
Posted Oct 5, 2004 10:19 pm

granddeityRoute Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: September 18, 2004  Sucess!
A nice day, ran in to a little rain on the way back.
Posted Sep 21, 2004 8:53 am

HalikuRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Trail - Williams Lake Date Climbed: 18 Sept 2004


We arrived at the trailhead at 0600 and headed up the trail. The first couple of hundred yards are confusing in the dark with the multiple trails. The Bull trail is very nice with great views. We made it to the summit in 4.5 hours. We only ran into 10-15 people so it wasn't much of a crowd. We took the Williams Lake route back to the trailhead due to the stormy weather that moved in. The first 1000 of altitude loss is a pain(ful). The scree field is rough. Having done Williams Lake trail down I'd rather have returned along the Bull trail. Great views and an excellent day out!

This excellent mountain page had all the beta needed to climb Wheeler Peak.
Posted Sep 19, 2004 10:38 pm

simmons283Route Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: September 5, 2004  Sucess!
This was peak number two on my 24 hour, three state highpoint tour. The other two were Black Mesa, Ok., and Guadalupe Peak, Texas. Started from the trailhead at 4:00 am and reached the top around 7:15 after a very windy, cold hike up the west face. Lots of fun with headlamps! Some light ice and snow near the top. Great views all around. Didn't see anybody else until I was almost back to Williams Lake. If you want to miss the crowds, definately try an early morning hike.
Posted Sep 12, 2004 11:17 pm

DukeJHRoute Climbed: East Fork Date Climbed: September 5, 2004  Sucess!


Cold and windy for a September day with temperatures in the mid 30's and winds 30-40 mph. A light dusting of snow fell the night before above 12,000' feet. Saw two bighorn sheep right at timberline and a mess of people on the summit. Third time is a charm.
Posted Sep 7, 2004 4:37 pm

pennibockerRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: July 7, 2001  Sucess!


The summit area was crowded with bighorn sheep. My first summit above 13,000 feet.
Posted Sep 2, 2004 11:48 pm

wbassRoute Climbed: East Fork Date Climbed: July 4, 2004  Sucess!


The SummitPost website and the other print guides understate the amount of traffic on Wheeler, particularly on a holiday weekend, thus making the summit experience less than climactic. Is it really necessary to make cell phone calls from the peak?

Having said that, the East Fork route seems to be the lesser used and lesser exposed route. Also, Horseshoe Lake (or "U-Horse Lake", as it is written on a certain sign) is the real gem of the trail. Old Mike would be a more interesting peak to hike on a subsequent trip.
Posted Jul 6, 2004 7:09 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Trail Date Climbed: 9 Aug 2003  Sucess!


Nice day with incredible views of thunderstorms all around - except where we were! Round trip 5.5 hrs
Posted Feb 16, 2004 1:04 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


Steep climb and a very warm day, but Williams Lake was really beautiful. All five of us reached the summit and, for once, didn't get chased off by ominous thunderheads.
Posted Jan 23, 2004 1:27 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods/Williams Lake loop Date Climbed: May 22, 2003  Sucess!


Mike and I decided to start the official hiking season by heading south to Taos New Mexico and hike up there highest peak. From the summit the views were excellent. The peak due south is named Old Mike Peak and is 13,100 feet and looked to me to be higher than Wheeler but oh-well we were at the highest point in New Mexico. We were the four and fifth persons to sign the summit log in the past three months.

Back at the car Mike couldn’t find his wallet and thought that he left it on the summit, later I called Alen Ellis a SummitPost Member that was going to hike the summit in two days and asked him to keep his eyes open for the wallet.

Wheeler was an excellent hike in a beautiful area, it is much harder that Elbert when it comes to state highpoints. Taos Ski Area is very nice, not to big and not to commercial, yet. As for Mike finding his wallet, Alen never found it and they took the exact same route as we did, but Mike received a call three days later. A guy was hiking down from a peak that he had skied down and found his wallet. Wow how about that.

Posted Dec 16, 2003 8:27 pm

jomalRoute Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: June 03  Sucess!


Spent the night at William's Lake. Very foggy when we climbed it, but the clouds opened up at the top for a bit so we could see around us...

It was an awesome climb, my first climb above 13.
Posted Nov 21, 2003 2:22 am

charmsRoute Climbed: Williams Lake Trail Date Climbed: August 31, 2003  Sucess!


It was very cool for late August, when we left the parking lot it was 44 degrees. It was an easy, fun trip. My only gripe is how many people were camping out on the summit when I got there. Anyway, it was a good trip.
Posted Sep 1, 2003 7:07 pm

F/MLanterRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: September 1,2002  Sucess!
Started up from the Taos Ski basin, past all the campers. The trail is not technically challenging, but it is long. We got to see varied scenery some very beautiful, some very barren and plain. The view from the top is great. A very satisfying climb.
Posted Aug 16, 2003 3:15 pm

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