in the rain. . .
Went over this on the way to Wheeler Peak.
Climbed the ridge from Kachina all the way to Wheeler. We hit Kachina Peak...An unnamed peak, Lake Fork Peak, "Bighorn Peak",Pt 12,728, Simpson, Old Mike, Wheeler, and then Walter. Started at 7:20am and then finished at 5:30. We started at the Williams Lake Trailhead. Amazing day! The weather somehow cooperated with us the whole time. Very fun traverse. Saw lots of Elk, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goats. SO MUCH FUN!!
Tagged it along with Wheeler via the Bull of the Woods Trail. Went down the Williams Lake Trail. Great Day
on the way back to williams lake from wheeler.
Made the extra hike from Wheeler and then booked it down due to a thunderstorm.
Bagged this on the way to the summit of Wheeler. Seems pretty easy since the trail runs right over the summit.
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