Made it before dark!
Started a little later than we wanted (8:30) but had a good day and the afternoon storms never really amounted to much. The route is pretty long at over 15 miles and we had flown in from Minneapolis the night before so the altitude played a bigger role than normal for us. The sheep were everywhere. We were walking right through herds of a dozen or more multiple times. Pretty cool.
Hiked up solo during a soggy summer day. Didn't see anyone else but did see a few marmots and mountain goats along the way. Pretty neat vegetation and trees in this area. Didn't get too many views due to the clouds and fog, but still had a great hike.
Trail up from Williams Lake was easy to follow, just a bit steep up the talus, but not bad. Slept in my car at the parking by the ski area the night before, it was so nice to feel the cool, thin mountain air after a summer in the Midwest (Kansas City).
bull of the woods is the classic and is beautiful; the lake below is full of squirrels but also amazing otherwise. aug 2002
Up Bull of the woods and down to Williams lake made for a scenic hike.
Drove in and arrived at the parking lot about 7a. It had snowed the night before, and I was on snow for most of the hike above 10000'. Very windy on the ridges, but had the mountain all to myself for the entire day. Didn't see people until I was within a mile of the car. Round-trip about 7 hours with lots of postholing and breaks for photos and lunch.
a great day! Friday April 1st...taking advantage of the low snow pack this year we were able to access the summit via Williams Lake with switchback kick stepping. It was possible to climb wheeler april 1st. wow. beautiful...and fresh tracks for the most part. lot of post holing on the bull-of-the-woods trail return, though! and the winds! wow! keep your hat on tight!
Made it up to summit ridge, but didn't get to summit proper due to tremendous winds.
Fun climb in the morning. a little windy on top but otherwise a beautiful day. Back to my vehicle before noon.
The first of many winter ascents...
Quick trip up and down Williams Lake climbers' trail. Excellent weather and no wind.
Hiked up from Red River in July of '09. Beautiful hike w/ great wildlife. The view from Peaks Wheeler and Walter are breath-taking.
2nd day New Mexico. Nice and frosty in the morning.
2nd biggest mountain of my life the day after the biggest. so amazing, my favorite hike ever even though way down was brutal on the knees
All five of us reached the summit successfully after camping out the previous two nights at Middle Fork Lake and Lost Lake. I can say with confidence that this is only the beginning of my climbing career. (;
Nice hike. Went up the from Williams Lake. Looks like the USFS is making a real trail in the area, which is good - it is a worthwhile route, and lots of people go that way.
A unexpected separation from my hiking partner resulted in an gratifying solo summit, 5 extra miles of hiking, and a rainy descent. All worth it to know I did it on my own!
Storms came in around 3pm to clear the skies and make for an awe-inspiring sunset in the New Mexico Sangres. I used a new trail that's being built with stimulus funds (to reduce hiker impact on vegetation etc). It will eventually switchback all the way to the Walter/Wheeler saddle. Anyway, great times!
My eleventh state highpoint. I camped in the parking lot at the Bavarian and got on the trail at 6:45 a.m. It took me 3 hours to get to the top and 2 hours to get back down. I also hit Mt. Walter while I was up there since it was so close. Then I shot over to Black Mesa. Overall, Great half-day hike but very steep!