Drove from Grantsville UT, all night on Wed the 5th to Mt. Elbert in CO. Got in at 2am and was up at 6:30 am. Summited Elbert that morning and drove all the way to trailhead of Wheeler, NM that same day. Was up at sunrise and was the 2nd person on top of Wheeler for the day. Gorgeous hike. Loved everything minus the part through the ski-resort. Signs made it easy to navigate through there. Drove all the way to Black Mesa in OK that afternoon. Summited Black Mesa the next morning and drove all the way to Mt. Magaizine in AR and summited it on Sunday morning and drove to St. Louis to start a grad school program. Back to Back to Back to Back state high points. Was a good road trip.
This was my second ascent from the William's Lake Trail. Rate of ascent is more difficult than other trails (Bull of the Woods and Lost Lake).
Came up Bull-of-the-Woods trail and returned via Williams Lake trail. Overcast and windy on top, but it was nice to get New Mexico's high point. Lots of others seemed to have the same idea that day (after a couple of days of rain).
Killer peak. Fun times
Hiked into Bull of the Woods pasture and setup camp Saturday night. Only a few scattered dry spots to pitch a tent, otherwise snowy.
With some recent snow and freeze thaw, I could not locate the new summit trail. Then I Lost Bull of the Woods trail after the Red River overlook and ended up on a set of cross country trails until I hit Fraser Peak Road. From the 'top of the world' I was able to scramble up Fraser Peak off trail to get above treeline and rejoin the trail.
Easy snow travel until ~11am when it started to soften up. I used microspikes and it was plenty, snow shoes maybe useful for afternoon, but overkill for AM. Crossed some big snowfields- not technical but lots of work with the switchbacks covered in snow.
Extreme windchill on the ridge and summit of Wheeler Peak! Also, amazing views of big snowy mountains all around.
Glissaded ~1000 ft down Williams trail. Was nice to have the iceaxe for sliding-on-butt self arrest and when looking down the east face of the ridge, but definitely not needed.
Quite slushy below the lake, but tracked out and easy to find trail.
Awesome blue sky day with lots of snow travel and hourly sunscreen application.
Bull-of-the-Woods up and Williams Lake down. Lots of wind. Lots of snow in the lower reaches of the mountains but not much above treeline. Great hike.
Nice straightforward hike on a great day
Climbed Wheeler Peak with a friend in 2009. Went up via the steep slope near the lake and then descended via the trail along the ridge since my friend and I had separate cars. It was a great loop hike.
Started from the Hikers parking lot at 8:30 and summited with my sister at 11:00. Easy hiking but a bit harder due to the sleet and rain. No views from the summit due to heavy cloud cover. The descent was mellow and we were back before 1pm.
Definitely harder than Humphreys. Took Bull of the Woods up and Williams Lake down. Combined with Fraser and Bull of the Woods. Total of 14 miles
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.
Fun hike. Started early and made it to the summit before the crowd and the heat. Started walking at 6:20 a.m. Cool to start but perfect temperature the rest of the way. Also summited Mt. Walter (about a 10 min walk from the summit) along with about 20 girl Scouts from Texas coming from the other direction. My 15th state high point, Chris's #5. Temperature reached mid 90's in Taos when we got back to town.
Strava says 8.3mi RT from the lot with just over 3K of gain. Aside from the altitude and my lungs being uncooperative from my recent bout with pneumonia, it was a really nice day out.
Pretty enjoyable but challenging due to still too much snow on the ground that made it hard to find the trail few times.
Lots of bighorn sheep, gorgeous improved trail, Taos is super cool
Trip report https://summitsofthestates.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/new-mexico/
Summit number 5
Climbed this with a friend from my high school days before I started my first year of college.
I enjoyed an early morning cruise across frozen snow to Williams Lake and then hiked up the chute just west of the snowline that covered the new Forest Service trail. We had a great view of snow-covered peaks throughout the range. I couldn't believe how ravenous the marmots, chipmunks, and pikas were up there. Can we blame Texans for this?
Loved this hike. It was a popular route on a Saturday and it looked almost like a train going up the switchbacks. Lots of bighorn sheep. This was the third of 4 in a row, OK, Arizona, NM, and Colorado. Elbert left to do on the 21st.
I'm looking to do a solo hike up Wheeler Peak on June 16th, any comments/suggestions about the trail or conditions? Would Bull of The Woods be a better option, or is Williams Lake route OK, even with the current snow conditions? Mark Landis