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rwhittRoute Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: June 28, 2005  Sucess!


Hiked to Williams Lake and spent the night. Started ascent at 7:00 and sumitted at 9:20 AM. Fantastic weather, amazing sunrise, great views, some snow patches, lots of marmots and 3 (not so timid) Rocky Mountain Longhorn Sheep. Quick decent back to the camp site for lunch overlooking the lake and back to the parking lot.
Posted Jul 20, 2005 5:11 pm

rwhittRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: May 12, 2005


Found snow about one half mile up the trail. Put on snow shoes at the one mile mark. Spent the night at Bull of the Woods Pasture. It is a beautiful place and I plan to return sometime when the snow is gone. Great weather and snow camping experience with sunshine and mild temps. Played around and decended the next day.
Posted Jul 20, 2005 5:01 pm

rlearyRoute Climbed: WIlliam's Lake Variation Date Climbed: June 26, 2005  Sucess!
We parked at the William's Lake trailhead and walked up an avalanch gully to the south of Frazer Mountain and walked up the ridge to Wheeler.

The clouds were very strange and at one point we considered bailing out to the west because of them.

There was awesome glissading from Wheeler down to William's Lake.
Posted Jun 27, 2005 11:50 am

Midlife MountaineerRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods ascent, Williams Lake descent Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2004  Sucess!

Midlife Mountaineer

A lot of snow for early October, looking forward to doing this one again.
Posted Jun 25, 2005 10:25 pm

km_donovanRoute Climbed: East Fork Date Climbed: June 22, 1997  Sucess!


This was the first of 7 summits of Wheeler Peak. I am sure that there will be more.
Posted Jun 6, 2005 6:44 am

easleygoneRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods-Williams Lake Date Climbed: Sept 1989  Sucess!
A very long walk with interesting views. Not an

obvious mountain......seemed more like a high

point on a ridge. Scree skiing down to Williams

Lake was fun!
Posted Apr 2, 2005 2:31 am

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

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