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Bark EaterCold, rainy day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2009

Bark Eater

Round trip via Williams Lake with old TOC buddies Linda, Fernando, and Paul. The weather left a bit to be desired. Light to moderate rain in the woods turned to a wind-driven gale above tree line with wind chills in the 20s on the ridge. The trek up from the lake was easier than I expected..it's really a pretty good trail, not a scree climb. Made it to the top in 2h30m without a lot of effort.

Stuck around the next day for the Taos Mtn. Music Festival at the ski area....perfect weather for that. Hope to come back some time and enjoy the views from the top.
Posted Aug 17, 2009 12:41 pm

SDRFirst major climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2009
My plan was to wait at Williams lake with our 6 yr old son while dad went to the summit. It didn't work out that way, we decided that all three of us would give it a try. Our son and myself in our sneakers, made it to the top. A few times I wanted to quit but perseverance prevailed. It took a lot longer than it should of, but for the toughest hike I have ever done I really didn't care. My son was a real trooper and was congratulated on the way down, I am so proud of him. No regrets it was magnificent and I would do it again in a heart beat (as long as I have better footwear) We saw 4 big horn sheep and a few other critters that my son was amazed by. Bring on the next one!
Posted Aug 10, 2009 4:28 pm

truth1117111st 13K+  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2009


Started solo at Base of Taos Ski Area about 7:30. Funny thing is that when I got to the trail head and map there were 2 different couples analyzing what way they'd take according to the map. After listening to them a couple minutes and watching them backtrack in a lost fashion, I just started walking. Went up Bull of the Woods trail to Wheeler Peak trail and arrived at peak about 10:30. Great climb up. Met a few people on ascent. Very windy and chilly at top. Spent 15-20 at top before starting back down. Passed and talked to a lot more people on descent, but that 8 miles down about ruined the knees. Would I do it again??? Maybe. But now I'm setting my sights on some 14ers in my home state of CO. Enjoy!
Posted Aug 8, 2009 11:59 pm

395guysecond state highpoint with my son  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 1, 2009


My 10yo son and I hiked the Bull of the Woods trail to the summit. He did awesome. I was very proud of him for doing his longest hike yet. I let him set the pace and I followed. He was upbeat and positive all the way up and down. Second of three state highpoints in a 6-day span (also AZ & CO).
Posted Aug 6, 2009 10:57 pm



Straight from sea level to wheeler peak via williams lake in bad weather. Never again.
Posted Jul 18, 2009 9:44 pm

Dennis PoulinStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2008

Dennis Poulin

Nice climb on a beautiful day. Saw a few sheep on distant ridges.
Posted Jul 15, 2009 12:49 pm

osatrikMy 40th SHP, in 1993  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 1993


Daughter Vanessa and I hiked up through the ski area. We were glad that some backcountry skiiers had kicked steps up to the top of the ridge, but when we got there we found ourselves in a whiteout. Pulled out the compass and made our way out the ridge. Weather cleared a bit before we got to the top, making finding the summit marker easier.
Posted Jul 13, 2009 7:23 pm

Liba KopeckovaNice hike

Liba Kopeckova

Went up via Bull of the Woods, and descended to Lake Williams. Nice snow. No people. My dog had fun.
My 3rd time up.
Posted Jul 8, 2009 9:00 pm

txhiker76Great Hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2009


Went up on the Bull of the Woods route, came down the Williams lake route. Lost the trail a couple of time on the way up because of the snow. Weather was great all day.
Posted Jul 6, 2009 1:57 pm

Alex Wood9 Peak Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2009

Alex Wood

Climbed the ridge from Kachina all the way to Wheeler. We hit Kachina Peak...An unnamed peak, Lake Fork Peak, "Bighorn Peak",Pt 12,728, Simpson, Old Mike, Wheeler, and then Walter. Started at 7:20am and then finished at 5:30. We started at the Williams Lake Trailhead. Amazing day! The weather somehow cooperated with us the whole time. Very fun traverse. Saw lots of Elk, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats. SO MUCH FUN!!
Posted Jul 3, 2009 6:04 pm

Alex WoodAwesome Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2009

Alex Wood

Climbed via the Bull of the Woods Trail...went up to Bull of the Woods Peak, Mt. Walter, and then Wheeler...the weather started rolling in so we took the Williams Lake Trail back. Great day. Williams Lake is wayyy cool and so is the water fall behind the lake. Hiked it with Tad and Killeen, both Rangers with me at Philmont.
Posted Jun 27, 2009 9:58 pm

jeffh25Sideways Sleet  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2009


Went up and back Williams Lake in 5 1/2 hours. It's tougher than I thought though and I wouldn't do it without trekking poles. It was 50-60 degree vertical wet scree near the top. That combined with temps in the mid 30's, rain and sleet blowing sideways and the summit wasn't a fun place but once I was done I appreciated it that much more.
Posted Jun 22, 2009 5:11 pm

TheRootsterBull o' Woods  Sucess!


A great hike with Carla--nice respite being up at the ski area after the holiday-weekend biker rally down in Taos (arrrgh!). Nice easy hike up and back through varied terrain. The only sour note was the guy we met coming down. He was hiking up with his dog, who had just caught and killed a marmot. Ugh. Later we enjoyed post-climb beers at that German restaurant above the resort--nice way to end the day.
Posted Jun 21, 2009 1:52 pm

skinnywhitecomicHP #20  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2009


Like others before ne, I hiked the Bull of the Woods trail, and descended via the Williams Lake trail. Absolutely beautiful weather, it could not have been any better! It was difficult for me, as I had never hiked a mountain like that before so I had a Rocky moment when I reached the top ("Yo Adrian!!"). It gave me a very good idea of what to expect from mountains out west.
Posted Jun 19, 2009 5:19 pm

Holsti97Williams Lake Trail in May  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 21, 2009


Left the Williams Lake Trailhead at 5:30 AM and hiked up a snowy trail to Williams Lake. Hiked up the steep trail past the lake on dirt and rock when possible. Saw some Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep on top of the mountain. Reached the summit at 10 AM. We were the first to sign the register since January. Marmots entertained us on the way down. Glissaded down to Williams Lake and reached our vehicle at 1:30. A rewarding climb with Ryan, Ed, and Tom. HP #39.
Posted May 24, 2009 10:45 pm

pyergergreat hike
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2005


Climbed a few times. Once in the fall, once in the winter, but didn't make it. Once in the spring, swimming in mushy snow.
Posted May 15, 2009 1:47 pm

cheetah262Sunny snow!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2009


Snow made the trek much more challenging and, in the long run, more satisfying. It gave me a nice break from the 100 degree+ days in Southern Arizona!
Posted May 14, 2009 11:52 am

imikewinter???  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 9, 2009


Should have listened to those reports about snow... postholed and swam our way to the top with no proper gear, but a great day none the less. 4 hour 40 min up... over 3 hours down.
Posted May 14, 2009 11:06 am

mthomasClimb and Ski Descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2007


Nice climb and ski descent with John Kear.
Posted Mar 1, 2009 11:25 am

strudolyubovWheeler Peak from Williams Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008


Started at 6:30am from Williams Lake TH. Hiked to the lake, then climbed directly to the summit of Wheeler (third summit since 2001). Visited summits of Old Mike Peak, Simpson Peak and Mount Walter. Descended west slopes route and returned to the car by 1:30pm. Nice hike, great views.

02-07-2009: Solo winter climb via Bull-of-the-Woods Trail. Seen lots of bighorns near Frazer Mountain. Climbed NW ridge of UN 13,045 to avoid deep snow in La Cal Basin. Returned the same way. Warm but windy on the summits of Wheeler and Walter. Total: ~15 miles, 8:30 hours. Good weather, great views.

04-25-2009: Solo ridge traverse from Kachina Peak (Kachina-Lake Fork-Pt.12,807-Pt.12,819-Pt.12,728-Simpson-Wheeler). Fun snow ridge, nice weather, terrific views!

03-12-2011: Winter climb from Bull-of-the-Woods TH. 7:40 hours car-to-car.
Posted Jan 25, 2009 8:22 pm

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