Rachael and I started from Bull-of-the-Woods trailhead, summited Walter, Wheeler, Simpson, Old Mike, "Fairchild", Lake Fork and Kachina and then descended the ski area back to the car. Some fun scrambly sections between Simpson and "Fairchild" and again to get up Lake Fork. Long loop, not sure the mileage of vert but we took about 9 hours to complete it. This was a side trip off the ridge, but given its stature as a named 13er and my (sort of) namesake, we had to tack it on.
I reached this at the three hour and fifteen minute mark from the parking lot trailhead after Wheeler. This was a really nice ridge line to hike.
I love this time of year - perfect weather, sunny blue skies, autumn colors! Enjoyed the hot springs at Ojo Caliente, green chili beer and a suite with a kiva fireplace afterward. :-)
Comboed with Wheeler.
I hiked over to Simpson and Old Mike from Wheeler.
Visited the summit of Old Mike after climbing Wheeler (2nd summit). Great views!
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!!
Just walked S from our camp near the summit of Wheeler. Looks like this peak is mo more than ~263' above the low point in the Wheeler-Old Mike saddle.