Started from the trailhead with my buddy at 5:00 am. We missed the turn off to Wheeler Peak and had to backtrack through the woods from Williams Lake. Beautiful summit conditions with clear views. Felt so good that we decided to bag Old Mike, Simpson, and Walter, as well! State high point #8
Hiked up in the dark so I could be back early to check out from our room. There was a big storm earlier that evening but no sign of it after I got up. Saw fox and big horn sheep on the way up. Nothing tough about this one.
An odd day on the mountain. Everyone had masks and either raised them up when approaching others or kept them on all the time.
The climb itself was good. Very windy on the summit. Tagged Walter why I was up there.
Pretty area and easy compared to Mt. Humphreys in AZ.
Left the Williams Lake TH with an empty lot. Mostly snow packed until well above tree line. Micro spikes were a good idea. Headed over to Walter before dropping back down. Great day, no other climbers out.
3:20 car to car less than 3mo from having a broken leg.
Perfect weather for end of November, really good conditions, no snow at all just icy trail.
Took the back side of the mountain. Long and shallow trail compared to lake williams. Could be fun during the winter to come back and snow shoe. Two alpine lakes on the way up. 20 Miles round trip.
Wasn't fully motivated for this one and especially since the start is in your face from almost the first step. Wind was anticipated but not big sustained blowing power. I can't stand wind! Got blown off at 4 miles. Not sure a redo is in the cards...
With: Bull of the Woods Mountain, Frazer and Mt. Walter
I hiked this one with John & Kathy Mitchler under perfect weather conditions. My wife Lori accompanied us to Williams Lake and waited there while we summitted and then came back. I have visited several county highpoints with John and he and Kathy are always fun to hike or hang out with.
My first big mountain hike. RT at 5hr 40min. Love the crisp fresh air. Weather was perfect. I was glad that the altitude didn't bother me.
New Mexico is beautiful in the fall, and this climb was easy and scenic. Also tagged Mt Walter across the little saddle while I was there.
I camped in one of the first come first serve campsites near The Bull of The Woods Trail along Twining Road and got an early start the next morning. After summitting, I descended the Williams Lake Trail into Taos for some nummy food. Take trekking poles for Williams Lake Trail, it is steep with some lengthy scree fields.
Good standard day hike. Very cold at the summit in October, though. There were these white grayish birds that were oddly friendly... don't know their names though.
My sister met me in New Mexico to climb to the top of Mount Wheeler. We got a reasonably early start on the Bull-of-the-Woods trail and got briefly lost crossing Frazier mountain. We had a beautiful day and saw plenty of wildlife, including marmots, chipmunks, and pikas at the top and a tiny herd of bighorn sheep about an hour and a half from the summit. We were exhausted and happy to see the summit. We took the Williams Lake trail on the way down to avoid a coming thunderstorm and got hailed on in the last two miles.
Beautiful day to reach the highpoint of New Mexico. Took the Williams Lake route to the top. Then headed over to Walter before heading down.
Via the Williams Lake route. This was my first real high-elevation climb and I was completely under-prepared. I remember there was still a lot of snow and that the windchill got to me.
Super windy at the top, stayed in a motel at ski resort and hit up Eske's Brewery in Taos, tried green chile beer for the first time
Second time, this time Rachael, Scot and I started from Williams Lake trailhead. We summited Wheeler, Simpson, "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. Enjoyed some food in Taos afterwards.