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MlaskyJob Benefit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2005

Mlasky

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

ZekeRoute Climbed: Standard

Zeke

Enjoyed the hike, excellent scenery
Posted Feb 3, 2010 6:01 pm

Alika2nd State high point  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2009

Alika

Nice day in the snow, mountain goats at the summit
Posted Jan 23, 2010 1:44 am

MBS1017Via Williams Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2008

MBS1017

Most beautiful alpine in New Mexico. Super friendly marmots.
Posted Dec 19, 2009 3:01 pm

PaulRomano1st HP, 1st 13er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2009

PaulRomano

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

McCannsterHP # 7  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 25, 2009

McCannster

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 KFirst highpoint  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 10, 1989

Bryan K

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

ncstNice hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2009

ncst

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

dabaileyBull of the Woods  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2009

dabailey

Good trail. Ice in tree-covered parts was really slick. No animals. Great views. Pics
Posted Oct 19, 2009 2:34 am

BranchWhitneyFun hike  Sucess!
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

EpicaWheeler Peak via Williams Lake  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2008

Epica

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

TJ31109/09/09 Summit via Bull Of The Woods Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2009

TJ311

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

BuckarooBull of the Woods  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 3, 1990

Buckaroo

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

DukeJH3rd Summit, 1st by Bull of the Woods  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2009

DukeJH

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 BottomsRainy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009

Foxy Long Bottoms

Climbed Jemez Valley, Walter and Wheeler Peaks.
Posted Sep 6, 2009 11:32 pm

MothSigns and Maps needed  Sucess!
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

BadgerSummitSeekerState HP # 15  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2009

BadgerSummitSeeker

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

ericwillhiteNo map but I found the way  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 1998

ericwillhite

Went up on a whim in 1995 after a driving Mexico trip fell apart near Mazatlan (another story). Info at my site http://www.willhiteweb.com/state_highpoint/new_mexico/wheeler_peak_166.htm
Posted Aug 18, 2009 2:36 am

tdawsonWe Made It!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2009
My husband and I climbed to the summit last year early in August. It was our first "real" hike. It was warm and beautiful. This year we decided that our kids (7, 15) could make it. They did great, but the weather was very cold. We weren't well prepared. We should have had gloves and jackets. Youngest said at Williams Lake, looking up, I am going to catch a cloud. He did it, but catching a cloud wasn't as fun since it was so cold and windy! I was proud of my kids!
Posted Aug 17, 2009 9:50 pm

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

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