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RedwicWeather Issues At The Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007


Starting in the early morning, there were beautiful weather conditions... *until* I climbed halfway up the saddle-slope between Wheeler Peak & Mount Walter. Then, suddenly, a solid cloud blanket covered over both peaks. The wind picked up, and it quickly felt like the temperature dropped to below freezing. When I reached Wheeler Peak's summit, the cloud/fog was so thick that I couldn't see 2-3 feet in front of me, so I jogged over to Mount Walter's summit to hopefully find more suitable conditions... only to find much of the same thick cloud cover there. It was too bad, as I bet that the views from the summits would have been spectacular. Thank goodness for my GPS & general pathfinding skills. The Williams Lake Trail is very nice!!!
Posted Sep 9, 2007 11:43 pm

ClodhopperNot the best weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006


Thunderstorm above the treeline, at 13000ft. In retrospect, not so smart. Camping on top in a lightning storm, well, stupid. We made it though, I think I'll wait for a clear day to do it again.
Posted Sep 3, 2007 8:45 pm

A BitFrom the ski area  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1996

A Bit

A bighorn sheep was there to welcome us near the summit. Didn't see much of the view due to clouds that put down a couple inches of snow.
Posted Sep 1, 2007 2:23 am

lasvegaswraithLook out!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2003


Hiked via Williams Lake and the steep slog to the saddle. Bagged Walter en route down and fought off marmots trying to make off with everything not tied down. Saw 15 or 20 bighorn on the way down and got some decent photos but headed for the hills quick as thunderheads started building (and this was 1000am) It started to rain and hail by the time I got back to the trailhead. Start early in summer for sure.
Posted Aug 17, 2007 7:14 pm

StarManSeptember 2005


Via Williams Lake - STEEP!
Posted Aug 9, 2007 8:40 pm

starship_jenWilliams Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2007


HP #31. Hiked with Paul. Steep!!! Enjoyable hike and TONS of marmots! So cute! Glissaded for the first time on a short snowfield--fun stuff! : )
Posted Jul 9, 2007 2:44 pm

Garon CorizA Reinvigorating Visit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2007

Garon Coriz

Beautiful, clear morning alone on the summit. Managed to get in a half-hour nap on top.
Posted Jun 30, 2007 6:21 pm

ZandtGorgeous climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2007


Ascended Bull-of-the-Woods Trail, which was beautiful, though obscured by large snowfields in several places. Descended by the Williams Lake trail...which seems just plain destroyed along much of its length and extends down into probably one of the saddest-looking spruce forests I've ever seen.
Posted Jun 25, 2007 2:06 pm

2skinnersHP #4 Beautiful day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2007


My 2nd attempt successful as my first attempt was turned back by myself because of threatening looking clouds. Well worth the effort as this was a beautiful climb.
Posted Jun 22, 2007 4:50 am

Jerry LRoute Climbed: Williams Lake
Date Climbed: May 2, 2007

Jerry L

Didn't quite make the summit due to snow the night before and most of the morning. More storms were moving in that afternoon and I decided that it wasn't a good idea to summit solo in that weather.
Posted May 8, 2007 9:34 pm

Art VandalayLove Wheeler  Sucess!

Art Vandalay

I've climbed Wheeler 5 or 6 times since my first time in 1997, once from the Taos Ski Valley and every other time via the Middle Fork TH near Red River. Had fun every time. I love camping near Lost Lake...caught a couple nice trout in there a couple years ago with Elk Hair Caddis flies. Tried it once in winter and had to turn back (mostly because my partner had a 30 degree bag and froze his ass off the night before near the TH). I plan on climbing it many more times, one of my favorite trails in NM.
Posted Apr 3, 2007 8:06 pm

atavistJust in time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2006


We barely got this climb in before a big storm hit. It was cold and windy at high camp. Very cold. There was a good base of snow above tree line. On the drive back, we got nailed by a huge snowstorm as we were driving west on I-40 through AZ.
Posted Apr 2, 2007 11:40 am

The edgeHP #41  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2003

The edge

The very next day that I was on Elbert... here I was on the top of Wheeler... I guess I was acclimitized...
Awesome scenery..!!
Only nine to go!!!
Posted Mar 14, 2007 4:05 pm

Bubba SuessHigh point of a great trip.  Sucess!

Bubba Suess

Summited with Caleb and Kunz while returning to exile in Dallas. Great way to end a great trip!
Posted Mar 9, 2007 10:00 pm

tomastxWinter Snow
Date Climbed: Jan 3, 2007


Went up Bull of the Woods with my brother, but after the heavy snowfall, we were breaking tral and postholing past the knees with snowshoes. We soon realized that despite an Alpine start, we would never make it to the top. Had a fun day, will be for another time. Made it to 12,000' something.
Posted Mar 5, 2007 5:16 am

lizrdboyWinter Climb-Via Williams Lake  Sucess!


Great trip. We were the only ones on the mountain...probably because everyone else was skiing at Taos.
Posted Feb 25, 2007 10:40 pm

weeds19Great Hike via BOTW  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2000


This was the first backpacking trip for my wife and I together. At the time we were just dating, and we both had a great time on the backpack. We even ventured down to one of the nearby lakes and at one point were surrounded by 50 bighorn sheep as we climbed out of the lake basin. Wonderful place!
Posted Feb 9, 2007 4:29 pm

highicewinter attempt
tried a solo winter climb of the easy route, but white conditions slowed the progress. maybe another time.
Posted Feb 1, 2007 6:53 pm

Anya JingleVia Williams Lake Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2005

Anya Jingle

This was a very long drive for us to get all the way to New Mexico's highest point, but it turned out to be well worth it. Fun steep route, great exercise and great vistas, not to mention all the wildlife we saw and many interesting wildflowers back down in the forest.
We made it down just before a massive thunderstorm developed.
I hear this route to Wheeler does not usually get very crowded compared to the standard route. Indeed, we met only two other hikers by the lake.

Our slideshow from this adventure is here, enjoy:
Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake Trail
Posted Jan 13, 2007 8:14 pm

Vagabond ManifestoVery beautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2004

Vagabond Manifesto

Climbed during a backpacking trip in the wilderness area. A very scenic area--excellent alpenglow at camp the night before. With nearby Mt. Walter.
Posted Oct 23, 2006 10:17 pm

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