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Boriss AndeanRoute: Williams Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2008

Boriss Andean

Left from Taos around 10:30 am. The hike started from Williams lake trail at 11:40 am. Got to the lake an hour later and climbed the Wheeler's steep slopes in two hours. Knee deep snow in areas. Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Very windy at the summit (4,011 m/13,161 ft). Saw Big Horn Sheep near the top.

Perfect weather and a great hike up to New Mexico's highest peak! Got back to the car right before sunset.

My 4th US HP!.
Posted Dec 7, 2008 1:16 am

KadeeTerrible Weather  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2008


We had terrible weather on this peak. We were in the clouds the whole time. Took Williams Lake trail. When we gained the ridge the wind was blowing so hard, I almost felt like I needed to crawl to the summit. Made it though. Amazing feeling to hike in that type of weather. It gave me a new respect.

Did San Luis and Elbert the days before - with the same crappy weather on San Luis.
Posted Nov 12, 2008 5:08 pm

davebobk47Cold solo from Williams Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2008


Left TH at 0800 and made decent time until I hit the ice. Left crampons in the car...oops. Williams lake was beautiful with fresh snow on the surrounding mountains.
Posted Oct 15, 2008 4:24 pm

canicholBull-of-the-Woods from Taos Ski Valley  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2008


Pretty view, but crowded on top that day. The approaching storm should've cleared things out soon after we left.
Posted Sep 28, 2008 2:43 am

AFmountaineerHorshoe Lake Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2008


Awesome hike with extremely varied scenery. Right under the ridge of Horshoe lake we crossed two snowfields and that was the only snow we encountered. Horshoe lake is was beautiful. The best views I have ever seen awaited me at the summit along with a thunderstorm building over Old Mike so we had to book it down to Horshoe.
Posted Sep 20, 2008 11:50 am

Moogie737Williams Lake option  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2008


#1 9-11-08 Brent, Lee & I reached the top in just under 2 hours. Yes, the ascent from the lake is steep, but the dry footing made it tolerable. Made the short side-trip to Mt. Walter before descending. Perfect weather: mid-level clouds, light breezes. Headed for AZ the same day with the intention of climbing Humphreys Peak the next morning. (We did.) #2 9-2-12 Enjoyed the "new" trail en route to the top. Bagged Mt. Walter, too. 2+29 up 2+34 down - many, many hikers on the way up during our descent.
Posted Sep 13, 2008 11:19 am

mad maximusCold and Alone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2008

mad maximus

Got up early and returned by 1pm. I was alone all the way up and most of the way down. Some highschool kids were coming up when I got to the lake.
Posted Sep 6, 2008 7:18 pm

kevin trieuThunderstorm  Sucess!

kevin trieu

made the summit with menacing dark clouds and numbing cold.
Posted Aug 26, 2008 5:00 pm

hans.schenkTour de Wheeler  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2008


Ascended via the Bull of the Woods Trail and descended via Williams Lake. There was a dead bloated cow complete with flies part way up. At one point I and my companions left the trail and ascended to Walter Peak via the ridge crest on the west side of La Cal Basin.
Posted Aug 12, 2008 10:38 pm

DeanWilliams Lake route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008


Nice hike and trekking poles make the descent of this route tolerable. My second state highpoint in three days with Colorado's Elbert being done on the last day of July. Met quite a few others at the summit, maybe 30 or so. Met many more as I was going down.
Mountain Sheep, marmots and pikas added to the delights of this mountain.
Posted Aug 2, 2008 8:42 pm

slowbutsteadysolo via Williams LK  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2008


Beautiful weather without threating T- storms. Departed hikers parking lot for Williams Lake at 4:50 AM. On top at 9:30 AM. No other hikers at that time. Many marmots on top and during slog up 2000 FT from the lake. No summit register could be found unless one was hidden in barrel of cannon.
Posted Aug 1, 2008 11:02 pm

dandrewGreat hike, great scenery  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008


Bull-of-the Woods trail with a descent down to Williams Lake. Nice views all around. My second state highpoint!
Posted Aug 1, 2008 6:41 pm

mlandau3We Made It  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008


Thanks to Sarah and Ron (who we met on the trail), we all summited. Pretty long for a dayhike from the Coyote parking lot. Seeing the bighorn sheep was an added bonus.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 2:10 am

LandonQSuccess  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008
Successfully climbed.
Posted Jul 20, 2008 2:11 am

TLPgreat, great time  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2008


Went with a guy I met in Flagstaff a couple of days earlier while doing Humphreys Peak. He said he would like to come along when I said my plans, and I said sure, why not. It would be good to have a partner. I wasn't sure what to expect as far as snow, and how steep it would actually be, we were taking the Williams Lake route. There was snow, but nothing that needed special equipment. It was really pretty once we got up high on the mountain. Lost our way going through those woods after Williams Lake on the way up and on the way down. Figured it out though. I really like this mountain, and how the route just goes straight up it. It was such a good time. One of my favorites of all time so far.
Posted Jul 3, 2008 9:13 am

Michael GraupeWilliams Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008

Michael Graupe

During a brief visit to Taos went up via Williams Lake starting before 6am in the morning. Took leisurely 2.5h to the summit carrying a lot of camera gear to photograph wildlife and wildflowers, which were blooming profusely. By late morning thunderstorms were already building (with lots of people still ascending!). After meeting up with my wife at Williams Lake we got rained and snowed on on our way back to the TH.
Posted Jul 1, 2008 6:46 pm

AubreySunTour de Wheeler Peak  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008


Went up Bull-of-the-Woods; down the west slope and Williams Lake Trail; then 2 miles on the road from the Williams Lake Trailhead to the Bull-of-the-Woods Trailhead. Ended up being about 13 miles and 4,200 feet of gain. Took us about 6 hours and 45 minutes.

No snow until the trail skirted below Bull-of-the-Woods Mountain. It wasn’t bad, though. Portions and edges of the trail poked through. No special equipment needed, although gaiters were nice to have.

We encountered our first snowfield on the side of Point 11,762. The trail was completely covered in snow. While it could be crossed without an ice axe, I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing so, and I was glad I brought mine. We crossed half of the snowfield and then skirted along the edge until we met back up with the dry trail. At this time, I suppose you could bypass all the snow by bushwhacking around it and over Point 11,762’s summit. From there, the trail was dry until La Cal Basin.

La Cal Basin was completely full of snow at/below treeline. We descended into the snowy forest to 11,800’, crossed the point where a couple creeks merge, then climbed directly up. Fortunately, it was early enough so the snow was mostly packed; we only postholed a few times.

On the descent to Williams Lake via Wheeler’s west slope, there were a few small snowfields, but nothing major. Made a few short glissades.

The crowded Williams Lake Trail was slushy and sloppy. Plastic pink ribbons marked the route, as the trail was buried under snow and mud. The last mile or so was dry.
Posted Jun 23, 2008 6:49 pm

StumblingBearTwo Beautiful Fall Climbs
Date Climbed: Oct 12, 1997


Climbed Wheeler Peak twice, both times in October. The first with a friend. We hiked into Willams Lake, spent the night and summited the next day. Weather was nice but a cold wind blew on top. Next year my wife and her brother spent the night in Taos and got an early start the next morning and did the whole climb in one day from Williams Lake again.It was about the same weather just colder wind on top.
Posted May 20, 2008 11:22 am

peakrat76Wheeler Combo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 7, 1997


Did the whole Wheeler/Old Mike/Simpson/Walter circuit. Great day & great companions.
Posted Apr 23, 2008 3:56 pm

scooter12gaNM at its greatest!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007


Drove straight up there after returning from a business trip. Spent the night at TSV campground, summited the next day via Bull of the Woods. Beautiful summit day!
Posted Apr 1, 2008 3:58 pm

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