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woodstriderWilliams Lake- Scenic indeed  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2006


Backpacked into the Williams lake area and stayed in forest to the right of the trail where good camping is to be found. Went up easy to follow herd-path to summit and back. RT time 3 hours. Definitely the quickest way up and back and despite SP page on this route it was very scenic. Be aware that this is alot of construction in the trailhead area, especially roadwork.
Posted Oct 2, 2006 9:54 pm

boisedocNice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 1993


Nice hike from the ski area
Posted Sep 12, 2006 5:28 am

osatrikSpring in the Snow  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 1993


Daughter Vanessa and I climbed a week or two after the ski area closed in 1993. There was a nice set of steps up from the gully, evidently set by a couple of backcountry skiers the previous day. The summit ridge was socked in, and we couldn't see a thing. In fact at one point we got disoriented in a spot where the ridge flattened out a lot, and had to pull out the compass to figure out which direction to continue on the ridge. That problem solved, just kept on the ridge until we found the plaque! Wheeler was number 40 of my 49 state high points, and number 39 for my daughter Vanessa, the last of the SHPs we did together.
Posted Aug 15, 2006 6:26 am

jcscratch1Re: Spring in the Snow


I'm thinking about hiking Wheeler Peak last week of March. Should I plan on using snowshoes and crampons.

I'm a pretty strong hiker, but not a technical climber by any stretch, so I'm not ready to risk life or limb.
Posted Feb 14, 2008 8:57 pm

MoapaPkcold at night
Date Climbed: Oct 10, 1982


Slept on top Oct, 1982. 10F, but at least there was no thunder & lightning!
Posted Jul 30, 2006 12:38 pm

splattskiBull of the Woods/ Williams Lake loop  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2006


I wanted to enjoy the trip, so I carried a bag and tent, shooting for overnighting in La Cal basin. But had to bivy in the lower trees at about 5pm to endure an all-night thunderstorm. Got up at 5 to more threatening clouds, but had sun on the summit at 7am.
The summit register is full... take up a new one if you're going?
Posted Jun 8, 2006 11:04 pm

Joe_ParvisHoneymoon daliance - Williams Lake route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2006


On honeymoon in Taos. Wife and I hiked from Phoenix Restaurant up to Williams Lake, where she stopped and enjoyed the sun and scenery. I continued up from lake to saddle and over to summit. The route from the lake is steep but short and can be accomplished quickly if you are in great shape (not me) OR don't mind gasping (me). Started from lake at 1135am and back at 145pm with 10 mins on top. Late but luckily beat thunder, which held off until 400pm (when we were down eating chili in the valley). Around the basin there seem to be many mountains with more challenging routes, but this is a great option if time is limited and you are looking for a straightforward route. (Note: only occasional [avoidable] small snow patches were left; summer conditions.)
Posted Jun 5, 2006 8:29 pm

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

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