Was fun, encountered 60 plus mph winds on summit.
Bull of the Woods and Williams Lake routes
My son and I climbed by the new Williams Lake trail last Sunday- very good hiking but still a difficult climb that I as a 63 year old irregular hiker should have trained more for, but I made it. Highlight aside from making the summit was getting within 50 yards of a herd of 10 bighorn sheep--amazing. Weather was spectacular. I would recommend this to anyone in reasonable condition- nice views and good hiking challenge plus even someone like me can make it up and back in 6-7 hours.
Part of a great road trip to capture high points.
MY first above 12,000'. Loved it. Met David Clark and Hugh Wilson here and we hiked Mt.Elbert in August 2013 together. Amazing how hiking can change you and bring you out of your shell!
Nice hike via the Lake Williams trail.
Hiked this in conjunction with Mt. Walter via the new William's Lake trail. The views were beautiful, although the weather was a bit sketch. I really enjoyed seeing all the chubby marmots along the way!
started early but thunderstorms rolled in about 8 am. we drove out from CA to do wheeler peak so we decided to wait the storm out. about an hour later we finished the hike to the summit and loved it. i'll be the blasphemous dude who thought Wheeler and Walter were more impressive than Mt. Elbert! We took the new Williams Lake Trail which was very well marked. I thought it was pretty strenuous, but it was a nice relatively short hike. Saw lots of big horn sheep, massive marmots, and some sort of guinea hen looking bird. this was actually probably the highlight of my hiking trip to Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
Got to Williams Lake Trailhead at about midnight and hiked to the lake in the pitch black. Arrived at the lake at about 2am. Woke up to stunning scenery and summited at about noon. While you are there you might as well get in Old mike, Simpson, Walter, and Frazer peaks for a 5 peak day. Camped in the La Cal Basin 2nd night. Made the mistake of trying to bushwhack my way down a super steep (70% Grade at max) valley next to Frazer, to avoid the boring and long bull-of-woods trail. Don't do it... I fell 16 times, and with a 20kg backpack you'll be somersaulting down the mountain. Certainly a quick, but not pleasant way to get down.
Hiked up Bull of the Woods trail as an overnighter, camping just below tree line at the La Cal basin. We were above tree line for so long though, and it was just stunning scenery for a Florida guy like myself. The elevation didn't really mess with us, thankfully, and we made it without a problem. I absolutely loved this area, inc nearby Taos, in northern NM. Wheeler was tough, yet rewarding. STATE HP #25!! Halfway home.
Camped in la Cal Basin, summitted early am then hiked out. Rough but amazing hike.
Climbed via the trail from the East Fork of the Red River. Lighting near the summit forced a quick descent. 4:54 RT.
Climbed again on 6/15/19 via Williams Lake as part of my Father's Day trip. Lots of snow in the trees. 4:00 RT. Got lunch and beer at the Bavarian with the family after the hike.
With Mount Walter.
Strolled up the Bull of the Woods trail. The snow was solid and I didn't need my snowshoes nor ice axe. Took close to 5 hours to reach the peak (including breaks, lunch, etc). The avy danger seemed very low, so I descended via Williams Lake. That was fast, took an hour, but the only problem was my car was at the other trailhead, and so I had a long walk down the dirt road to get back to it. No one around to hitch a ride from either!
Climbed in December, didn't need skiis, great conditions minus a tid bit windy on top, but still an awesome hike and not the last time I'll be doing it.
My first attempt at a 13'er. And really, my first time out hiking in quite a while. So a little out of shape, but mentally determined...
Took the trail to Williams Lake and missed the turn to take the trail to the top. So I saw Williams Lake, and ended up scrambling up the mountain with a few others that had missed the turn, until we got back on trail.
Lots of people hiking that day, some would hike with me for a while then press on, and I would do the same. I encountered an older gentleman, recently retired from the Army and recently recovered from knee replacement (both) surgery, whose doctor had given him the go-ahead to hike. Both of us were out of shape, but we became each other's encouragement, as we hiked along. Finally, he got winded and slowed down and told me to press on, which I did.
50 steps, stop, breathe. That was the mantra for the last hour of hiking to the summit, with each daunting view of the summit, you realize how difficult a 13'er is... But I finally made it, and enjoyed my accomplishment with about 50 other people at the summit. Stayed there for 1/2 hour or so enjoying the view and talking with others, taking pictures and hydrating.
On the way back down, I passed my Army friend, who still had about 1/2 hour of climbing to go. I offered him some water and some words of encouragement.
7 hours round trip to the summit and back... not bad, I thought.
Physically, the most difficult thing I've ever done. Can't wait to do more!
Four feet of snow at the base made for an interesting approach. Plenty of snow to glissade back down!
from Williams Lake - new trail is excellent.
Great day! We used the Williams Lake trail, leaving the parking lot at 0715. We found the wind icy as we went above treeline and into the periodic talus crossings. I was surprised at how good the trail is. As we worked up the switchbacks above LaCal Basin, the wind increased. Being in the shade most of the way,we had our cold weather gear on (I wish I'd brought my down mittens! Saw a group of goats moving through; one pica and little tiny vole(?). Beautiful at the summit, perfect day, blue skies horizon to horizon. On the way down we met many other hikers enjoying the day.