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gunnersmithBull of the Woods  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2006


It was a nice summer day for this stroll. This is a nice state highpoint achieved with little effort. Recommended.
Posted Jun 5, 2006 1:15 am

Dan the JonesFrigid  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 8, 2005

Dan the Jones

Started out around 10pm and reached the fork past Bull of the Woods. Spent a frigid night, due more to the wind chill then the actual temperature, watching the tent shudder in the wind. At the crack of light we broke camp and continued our hike, reached several large snow packs, that made us break out the axes. As we approached La Cal Basin, thought it would be quicker to traverse the ridgeline. This made for a much shorter direct route. However we did encounter a very slippery scree/talus slope near the top of La Cal Basin. Was a crystal clear day, we could see for miles once we reached Wheeler Peak. Glissaded on our behinds all the way down Williams Lake slope. Stopped to eat underneath the tree line. Is a quick hike from Williams Lake. Great hike.
Posted Apr 12, 2006 2:17 pm

I climbed Wheeler back in the 1960's . At that time we had the ability to drive to Bull of the Woods , before you enter the wilderness area. Then Nixon declared it all a wilderness area. He also gave the land South of Wheeler back to the Indians. No gripe here about that. I just miss going to see the beautiful area of Blue Lake.
Posted Apr 7, 2006 3:10 am

NanitaDBull of the Woods  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 1996


We went up Bull of the Woods, but went back almost straight down the side to the lake.
Posted Apr 7, 2006 12:33 am

Mountain JimBull of the Woods  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 6, 1996

Mountain Jim

55th birthday climb.
Posted Mar 11, 2006 4:34 am

nogginBull of the Woods  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2005


This is a long hike. Make sure to leave enough time to get down before the thunderstorms roll in.
Posted Mar 7, 2006 1:28 am

Joel HopperRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: Summer 1998  Sucess!

Joel Hopper

We climbed on a cool clear day as a warm-up for the Enchanted Circle Century ride which we completed the next day. It was the Tour de Wheeler from all angles. Climbed with Dr. David Brown.
Posted Feb 20, 2006 6:04 pm

txmountaineerRoute Climbed: Bull Of The Woods Trail Date Climbed: 05 January 2006  Sucess!


A nice, thoguh icy & long winter climb up the Bull Of The Woods trail. Route-finding was interesting around La Cal Basin trying to avoid the deep snow, however, the summit was truly rewarding!
Posted Jan 7, 2006 4:14 pm

e-docRoute Climbed: Bull of Woods Date Climbed: Sept 17, 1998  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 17, 1998


I suppose that I became a highpointer when I stood atop Mt Whitney five years earlier and thought to myself; "HUM, I've been to the highest mountain in Arizona and California, as well as Mt Mitchell and Clingmans Dome. Wouldn't it be neat to do all fifty states?" This thought was just a random idea.

After our 4 day trip to the Chicago Basin, Brian and I drove over for a 2 day hike up Wheeler to bag my third western highpoint. We backed in and camped in the La Cal Basin, summited the next day. Nice clear day, though cold and windy. I tried to pick out peaks at Philmont Scout Ranch that I visited so long before. Peaceful and we had the mountain to ourselves.
Posted Dec 31, 2005 9:38 am

IamLubosRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: November 25, 2005  Sucess!


Beautiful day on the top but super windy by the basin. The lower trail was covered by ice. The trail above the pasture had few feet of snow on it. The snow was pretty hard (it stayed below freezing all day) so snowshoes were not needed. Only saw one other group on the mountain. 22nd HP.
Posted Nov 28, 2005 1:27 pm

skorpeoRoute Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: 1999  Sucess!


It' s about a two hour hike straight up. I used to ski at Taos quite a bit, so wanted to to do wheeler because I looked at it all the time.
Posted Nov 1, 2005 12:34 am

dysctiRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods up, Williams Lake down Date Climbed: August 30th, 2005  Sucess!


All I remember from this hike was the heavy construction taking place at the trailhead and the fields of grasshoppers near the summit. I think we made the right decision in going down the steep route.
Posted Oct 29, 2005 3:56 pm

chmoore577Route Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: October 4, 2005  Sucess!


We climbed Bull of the woods to La Cal Basin on the 3rd and camped for the night. On the 4th we went for the summit. The mountain was fogged in with no views and falling ice. Wind gusts were impressive especially on the exposed high ridges. We actually walked past the summit marker and had to backtrack due to almost no visibility. A tough hike due to the conditions on that day.
Posted Oct 21, 2005 2:24 pm

Midlife MountaineerRoute Climbed: Williams Lake Trail Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2005, Sep 26, 2005  Sucess!

Midlife Mountaineer

Climbed Wheeler enroute to other peaks. The 6th was nice day that turned wet, the 26th was a perfect day.
Posted Oct 2, 2005 11:43 pm

Bob BoltonRoute Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: September 18, 2005  Sucess!

Bob Bolton

Gorgeous day, but very windy on the summit ridge. Climbed with Duane Gilliland on our Ultra-prominence trip, although Wheeler is not an Ultra.
Posted Sep 30, 2005 10:05 pm

Bob SihlerRoute Climbed: standard/Williams Lake Date Climbed: July 13, 2004  Sucess!

Bob Sihler

I thought the standard trail was a waste of time, distance, and energy and a testament to the shame of private property amid spectacular settings; even in the wilderness, though, the trail takes an unnecessary dip into a basin when it could follow a mostly level ridge. The descent to Williams Lake was better for its brevity and encounters with bighorn sheep.

Posted Sep 30, 2005 10:00 pm

AndinistalocoRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: 1996?  Sucess!


Fun hike - and watch out for the marmots - they'll eat anything you've sweated in (hats, shirts, etc.)!
Posted Sep 14, 2005 1:46 am

Michael CroffordRoute Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: September 3, 2005  Sucess!

Michael Crofford

Great time...cloudy/foggy, very limited views from the top. Very windy especially on the ridges. 7th state highpoint.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 12:50 am

73096soonerRoute Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: August 2, 2005  Sucess!
My first trip up but it won't be the last. Had great weather on this day...
Posted Aug 5, 2005 4:51 pm

CortezRoute Climbed: Bull-of-the-Woods Trail Date Climbed: May 11, 2002  Sucess!


This is one of my favorite mountains in the Sangre de Christos. When we climbed Whheller in early May the conditions did not necessitate snowshoes but conditions vary so check ahead.

Hiking Party:

Michael Booker

Jennifer Booker

Posted Aug 2, 2005 11:41 am

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