I climbed Wheeler back in the 1960's . At that time we had the ability to drive to Bull of the Woods , before you enter the wilderness area. Then Nixon declared it all a wilderness area. He also gave the land South of Wheeler back to the Indians. No gripe here about that. I just miss going to see the beautiful area of Blue Lake.
We went up Bull of the Woods, but went back almost straight down the side to the lake.
55th birthday climb.
This is a long hike. Make sure to leave enough time to get down before the thunderstorms roll in.
We climbed on a cool clear day as a warm-up for the Enchanted Circle Century ride which we completed the next day. It was the Tour de Wheeler from all angles. Climbed with Dr. David Brown.
A nice, thoguh icy & long winter climb up the Bull Of The Woods trail. Route-finding was interesting around La Cal Basin trying to avoid the deep snow, however, the summit was truly rewarding!
I suppose that I became a highpointer when I stood atop Mt Whitney five years earlier and thought to myself; "HUM, I've been to the highest mountain in Arizona and California, as well as Mt Mitchell and Clingmans Dome. Wouldn't it be neat to do all fifty states?" This thought was just a random idea.
After our 4 day trip to the Chicago Basin, Brian and I drove over for a 2 day hike up Wheeler to bag my third western highpoint. We backed in and camped in the La Cal Basin, summited the next day. Nice clear day, though cold and windy. I tried to pick out peaks at Philmont Scout Ranch that I visited so long before. Peaceful and we had the mountain to ourselves.
Beautiful day on the top but super windy by the basin. The lower trail was covered by ice. The trail above the pasture had few feet of snow on it. The snow was pretty hard (it stayed below freezing all day) so snowshoes were not needed. Only saw one other group on the mountain. 22nd HP.
It' s about a two hour hike straight up. I used to ski at Taos quite a bit, so wanted to to do wheeler because I looked at it all the time.
All I remember from this hike was the heavy construction taking place at the trailhead and the fields of grasshoppers near the summit. I think we made the right decision in going down the steep route.
We climbed Bull of the woods to La Cal Basin on the 3rd and camped for the night. On the 4th we went for the summit. The mountain was fogged in with no views and falling ice. Wind gusts were impressive especially on the exposed high ridges. We actually walked past the summit marker and had to backtrack due to almost no visibility. A tough hike due to the conditions on that day.
Climbed Wheeler enroute to other peaks. The 6th was nice day that turned wet, the 26th was a perfect day.
Gorgeous day, but very windy on the summit ridge. Climbed with Duane Gilliland on our Ultra-prominence trip, although Wheeler is not an Ultra.
I thought the standard trail was a waste of time, distance, and energy and a testament to the shame of private property amid spectacular settings; even in the wilderness, though, the trail takes an unnecessary dip into a basin when it could follow a mostly level ridge. The descent to Williams Lake was better for its brevity and encounters with bighorn sheep.
Fun hike - and watch out for the marmots - they'll eat anything you've sweated in (hats, shirts, etc.)!
Great time...cloudy/foggy, very limited views from the top. Very windy especially on the ridges. 7th state highpoint.
My first trip up but it won't be the last. Had great weather on this day...
This is one of my favorite mountains in the Sangre de Christos. When we climbed Whheller in early May the conditions did not necessitate snowshoes but conditions vary so check ahead.
Hiked to Williams Lake and spent the night. Started ascent at 7:00 and sumitted at 9:20 AM. Fantastic weather, amazing sunrise, great views, some snow patches, lots of marmots and 3 (not so timid) Rocky Mountain Longhorn Sheep. Quick decent back to the camp site for lunch overlooking the lake and back to the parking lot.
Found snow about one half mile up the trail. Put on snow shoes at the one mile mark. Spent the night at Bull of the Woods Pasture. It is a beautiful place and I plan to return sometime when the snow is gone. Great weather and snow camping experience with sunshine and mild temps. Played around and decended the next day.