Wheeler Peak (NM) Climber's Log
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|markmontgomery||Pre-monsoon beauty |
Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2010
|My wife and I had a great hike on June 21. Camped at Taos Ski Valley, left camp at 8am, meeting strong gusts at exposed ridges above Bull of the Woods, but great views and plenty of sun. La Cal basin was full of Marmots. I missed the snow free easy traverse through alpine shrubs and snow fields in La Cal basin, which cost us 500 extra feet following trail down to bottom of valley-- trail still buried in snow, so it was a slog up the switchback ridge to Mt. Walter. It takes a bit of maze work, but coming down we traversed this section off trail without losing alt. A short, steep snowfield below Walter is a bit dangerous without climbing gear -- stay to right/west on way up and over knob above La Cal basin to avoid (again we corrected on way down). Otherwise trail on ridge at 13k is either snow free or low risk. We made it to summit about 2pm and took our time with no lightening threat; just occasional strong gusts. A few young, strong climbers came up from Williams Lake-- strongly suggest very good conditioning and acclimatization for that route. Made it back to camp at 6:45 pm -- long day... Bull of Woods route is very exposed with several hours above treeline at top of NM, so again warning on weather -- we lucked out with short notice pre-monsoon and hot weather with good meltoff -- suggest post-monsoon in Sept or very good forecast -- would not want to be caught up there in a Tstorm.... Last time we were on top of Wheeler was 17 years ago in early Oct of '93-- perfect weather, no other people -- following weekend dumped 2ft on TSV. I posted photo album-- http://www.summitpost.org/album/631747/Wheeler-Peak-NM-17-years-later-.html --great trip.|
|Posted Jun 24, 2010 8:30 am|
|asaking11||Great trip to the top of NM |
Date Climbed: May 29, 2010
|I took the bull of the woods trail up to the top of Wheeler. It was super windy, gusts of at least 60 or 70mph. I saw about 20 rams, including one that tried to mount another one. Great day, still quite a bit of snow.|
|Posted May 30, 2010 12:48 am|
|Mlasky||Job Benefit |
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2005
|I was assigned to work at Los Alamos and found the opportunity to do this peak. I had to make two attempts. it was pouring the first attempt so never made it out of the parking lot. A couple days later and glorious weather was had!|
|Posted Mar 13, 2010 10:12 pm|
|Zeke||Route Climbed: Standard|
|Enjoyed the hike, excellent scenery|
|Posted Feb 3, 2010 6:01 pm|
|Alika||2nd State high point |
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2009
|Nice day in the snow, mountain goats at the summit|
|Posted Jan 23, 2010 1:44 am|
|MBS1017||Via Williams Lake |
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2008
|Most beautiful alpine in New Mexico. Super friendly marmots.|
|Posted Dec 19, 2009 3:01 pm|
|PaulRomano||1st HP, 1st 13er |
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009
|Took the Bull-of-the-Woods trail which was very pleasant. Great weather and clear skies. Afternoon showers rolled in around 12-1pm as is normal in the summer, but we escaped them.|
|Posted Nov 20, 2009 7:03 pm|
|McCannster||HP # 7 |
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2009
|Highpoint 7, light snow/no wind on the way up via Willams Lake. The west face was tiring, as we were postholing up to our knees, but it went rather quick. Views started to open up as we were on top. Saw some mountain goats. Speedy descent. A little over 4 hours ctc.|
|Posted Oct 25, 2009 10:28 pm|
|Bryan K||First highpoint |
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1989
|My first state highpoint when I Was 15 years old. It was a great trip with my Dad and his friend. A marmot came up to me and licked my boots too!!|
|Posted Oct 21, 2009 6:03 pm|
|Adam Doc Fox||Re: First highpoint|
|My first state highpoint as well. Sadly, I was 31.|
|Posted Feb 11, 2015 9:01 am|
|ncst||Nice hike |
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2009
|Up and down on the Bull of the woods trail, but going up I summitted Frazier mountain and then stayed on the rim. Snow in some parts.|
|Posted Oct 21, 2009 3:48 pm|
|dabailey||Bull of the Woods |
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2009
|Good trail. Ice in tree-covered parts was really slick. No animals. Great views. Pics|
|Posted Oct 19, 2009 2:34 am|
|BranchWhitney||Fun hike |
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2009
|Very scenic hike with a very well marked trail. It was extremely wind and cold along the ridge and at the summit. With the wind chill it was about zero degrees! Saw a herd of Big Horns!|
We hiked the Bull of the Woods trail.
|Posted Oct 6, 2009 10:23 am|
|Epica||Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake |
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2008
|Taos and the surrounding mountains are beautiful. Had a great hike to the top on a cold clear day, and got back to the trailhead under an amazing sunset.|
|Posted Sep 22, 2009 8:00 pm|
|TJ311||09/09/09 Summit via Bull Of The Woods Trail |
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2009
|My climbing partner and I were first to summit. The morning was gorgeous but storms quickly moved in by noon. We got hailed on when we were two miles from the trailhead.|
|Posted Sep 13, 2009 9:07 pm|
|Buckaroo||Bull of the Woods |
Date Climbed: Dec 3, 1990
|Nice weather, not too cold, not too cloudy. While on the summit an eagle flew over from Taos Mtn.|
|Posted Sep 10, 2009 1:49 pm|
|DukeJH||3rd Summit, 1st by Bull of the Woods |
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009
|Ascended via Bull of the Woods. It rained from the TH to La Cal Basin. The summit was windy and in and out of the clouds. I had planned to descend Williams Lake but thought better of it.|
|Posted Sep 8, 2009 6:19 pm|
|Foxy Long Bottoms||Rainy |
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009
|Climbed Jemez Valley, Walter and Wheeler Peaks.|
|Posted Sep 6, 2009 11:32 pm|
|Moth||Signs and Maps needed |
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2009
|Climbed Wheeler Peak on a September Tuesday. Never saw another hiker. SummitPost said trails were well marked. Links to printing maps weren't working, so I took off up from Williams Trailhead (no map on the sign) without a map. Mistake.|
There is parking at the trailhead but the signs say not to park overnight. I parked along the road and slept in the car since it poured in the afternoon. Didn't feel like dealing with soggy everything in the morning.
The trail is beautiful, never lost it in spite of a talent for losing the trail. The scree slope isn't as bad going up as it sounds like it would be going down.
Beautiful weather at the top, mountain sheep, lots of time to climb and read the cool placques. Brought what I thought was too heavy rain gear but ended up using all of it because...
There are three trails at the top. The sign at the intersection lost its paint decades ago. One goes from peak to peak. Bull in the Woods angles off. There is a no trespassing sign to continue in one direction but there are trails along the West side of that mountain and no sign to say where they lead.
Since there was plenty of time I took what seemed like Bull-of-the-Woods trail down. It is probably is easy to follow going up but going down well-maintained trails split off with little indication of what goes where. I'll assume the cairns marked the Bull-of-the-Woods trail but I don't know.
A sign at Horseshoe Lake would be helpful. You know you have to go down to get back to TSV, so down it was. Mistake. The cairns go up.
The woods were beautiful. The marmots weren't begging. No snakes. Trail was clear.
First sign. East Fork Red River, by a river. Hand done sign says HE, Higher Elevation? Third direction says nothing. Red River is a river and a town. I don't know the name of the river that runs along Taos Ski Valley, but the trail is well-maintained so I follow it. Mistake.
Long trail. Mostly heading North and East. Sometimes South. I don't know where the heck it's going. Historic markers. Entering Wheeler Peak Wilderness. That's right. Elizabethtown Ditch. Um. Where's Elizabethtown? Never heard of it. Rain and Hail.
East Fork Trailhead sign map has almost no correlation to the names on the roads you come to. Like it says you come to 503 but that road says 579. Hunter gives me a ride to Red River (the town, yeah). Hot Shots Firefighter gives me a ride to Questa. Artist gives me a ride back to TSV before dark, so see, it all worked out fine. But lessons learned. Always bring a map. A sign in crucial spots or even at the top, and a trail map at the Trailhead sure would have been helpful.
|Posted Sep 3, 2009 8:03 am|
|BadgerSummitSeeker||State HP # 15 |
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2009
|Had an unsuccessful attempt around Memorial day due to a snow/ice storm above La Cal basin and losing the trail numerous times. This time in August had no trouble though. Didn't see too many people out on the trail today. Went up BOTW trail and descended via Williams Lake trail (which I regret). The Williams Lake trail was an awful descent down a scree slope. Slow going! Maybe it wouldn't have been as bad going up as it is coming down. Overall it was a great hike with awesome scenery and was my first 13er and highest elevation so far. Loved it!|
|Posted Sep 2, 2009 1:07 pm|