On way to Wheeler.
Did the whole Wheeler/Old Mike/Simpson/Walter circuit. A fun day, perfect weather. Climbed with our Seattle climbing buddies.
Hiked over from Wheeler like everyone else!
Made this attempt seriously out of shape and paid for it. Summiting this mountain was anti-climatic since out goal was Mt. Wheeler for this trip. Nice to have it anyway. Great time with our crew.
Tagged Mount Walter on the way down after hiking up to the summit of Wheeler Peak via the Williams Lake trail. Cool & windy day along the summit ridge (3.5 hrs car-to-car).
Starting in the early morning, there were beautiful weather conditions... *until* I climbed halfway up the saddle-slope between Wheeler Peak & Mount Walter. Then, suddenly, a solid cloud blanket covered over both peaks. The wind picked up, and it quickly felt like the temperature dropped to below freezing. When I reached Wheeler Peak's summit, the cloud/fog was so thick that I couldn't see 2-3 feet in front of me, so I jogged over to Mount Walter's summit to hopefully find more suitable conditions... only to find much of the same thick cloud cover there. It was too bad, as I bet that the views from the summits would have been spectacular. Thank goodness for my GPS & general pathfinding skills. The Williams Lake Trail is very nice!!!
What everyone else says.
Touched the summit before heading down to Williams Lake. Cool bighorns running about.
Made my way up to the summit of Wheeler Peak via the Williams Lake trail, spent some time there and then worked my way over to Mt. Walter. Very beautiful scenery all around.
I don't really think this counts as a separate peak, but who am I to judge. I took the 10 extra steps to tag it on my way to Wheeler so I guess it has some meaning
Like everyone else, I climbed this one on the way to Wheeler Peak.
This was a very long drive for us to get to hike to New Mexico's highest point and second highest, 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.
My dog was a trooper.Our slideshow from this adventure is here, enjoy:
Wheeler Peak and Mt. Walter via Williams Lake
Camped in the basin below the night before. Basically a sub-peak of Wheeler, but very nice.
. . . to Wheeler like everyone else
Crossed this one on the way to Wheeler, did stop to enjoy the success of being atop another mountain.
I crossed this summit on the way to Wheeler.
Like everyone else, I hiked over from Wheeler.
We climbed Mt. Walter enroute to the Wheeler Peak summit after camping the previous night in the La Cal Basin.
We climbed Walter on the way to Wheeler Peak. There were some extremely psycadellic snow formations on the way up caused by Wind & melt. Early may was a good to to visit Walter because of the lack of people on the mountain during this time of year.