Windy Wheeler PeakWe hiked up Williams Lake and back down via Bull of the Woods Trial, which worked out very well. Hitched a ride from the Coyote parking lot the 1.8 miles back to the parking area near the Bavarian. We wanted to get to the peak early in case of bad weather, and since the weather was great, took the longer way back to catch some scenery.
It was a good bit below freezing in the morning and very windy. We didn't get direct sunlight until at the main ridge, so it was a pretty cold hike up. (the williams lake trail is on the west side, so the sun doesn't hit it until the afternoon).
I would not recommend going down Williams Lake Trail unless you have good footwear and poles because it is STEEP and the loose stuff makes footing iffy for much of the section between the lake and the peak. And, it was blowing pretty hard at our backs on the way up and we didn't want it blasting our faces on the way down.
You can really cruise on Bull of the Woods trail on the way down even though it's longer. 3 hours up and 3 hours back are reasonable goals for us weekend warriors.
Both trails are fairly simple: on Williams Lake make sure you stay to the right once you enter the trees after Williams Lake; soon after you'll come out of the trees and hike up the draw on a well-defined path. On Bull, it ends up feeling a lot longer than 8 miles, but it's a well-defined trail. Don't be tempted to cut down the mountain before Bull Pasture because the trail starts to go away from Coyote parking lot (which you can see). The trail comes back around when you get to Bull Pasture and drops down to the parking lot.