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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

flamethewolfhigh point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2006


bagged Wheeler in early april... lots of snow, lots of fun
Posted Oct 23, 2006 3:40 am

surgentWith my bro  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 1994


Hiked with my brother, using the BOTW trail. Camped in the meadow near the creek. Had to avoid monumental thunderstorms each day, but made the top at about 7 a.m. on day 2, then the hike out.
Posted Oct 11, 2006 3:23 pm

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

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

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