Wheeler Peak (NM) Climber's Log

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FlyBoy1 - Apr 7, 2006 3:10 am


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.


NanitaD - Apr 7, 2006 12:33 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 1996

Bull of the Woods  Sucess!

We went up Bull of the Woods, but went back almost straight down the side to the lake.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 11, 2006 4:34 am Date Climbed: Jul 6, 1996

Bull of the Woods  Sucess!

55th birthday climb.


noggin - Mar 7, 2006 1:28 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2005

Bull of the Woods  Sucess!

This is a long hike. Make sure to leave enough time to get down before the thunderstorms roll in.

Joel Hopper

Joel Hopper - Feb 20, 2006 6:04 pm

Route Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: Summer 1998  Sucess!

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.


txmountaineer - Jan 7, 2006 4:14 pm

Route Climbed: Bull Of The Woods Trail Date Climbed: 05 January 2006  Sucess!

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!


e-doc - Dec 31, 2005 9:38 am Date Climbed: Sep 17, 1998

Route Climbed: Bull of Woods Date Climbed: Sept 17, 1998  Sucess!

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.


IamLubos - Nov 28, 2005 1:27 pm

Route Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: November 25, 2005  Sucess!

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.


skorpeo - Nov 1, 2005 12:34 am

Route Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: 1999  Sucess!

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.


dyscti - Oct 29, 2005 3:56 pm

Route Climbed: Bull of the Woods up, Williams Lake down Date Climbed: August 30th, 2005  Sucess!

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.


chmoore577 - Oct 21, 2005 2:24 pm

Route Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: October 4, 2005  Sucess!

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.

Midlife Mountaineer

Midlife Mountaineer - Oct 2, 2005 11:43 pm

Route Climbed: Williams Lake Trail Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2005, Sep 26, 2005  Sucess!

Climbed Wheeler enroute to other peaks. The 6th was nice day that turned wet, the 26th was a perfect day.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Sep 30, 2005 10:05 pm

Route Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: September 18, 2005  Sucess!

Gorgeous day, but very windy on the summit ridge. Climbed with Duane Gilliland on our Ultra-prominence trip, although Wheeler is not an Ultra.

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Sep 30, 2005 10:00 pm

Route Climbed: standard/Williams Lake Date Climbed: July 13, 2004  Sucess!

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.


Andinistaloco - Sep 14, 2005 1:46 am

Route Climbed: standard Date Climbed: 1996?  Sucess!

Fun hike - and watch out for the marmots - they'll eat anything you've sweated in (hats, shirts, etc.)!

Michael Crofford

Michael Crofford - Sep 6, 2005 12:50 am

Route Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: September 3, 2005  Sucess!

Great time...cloudy/foggy, very limited views from the top. Very windy especially on the ridges. 7th state highpoint.

73096sooner - Aug 5, 2005 4:51 pm

Route Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: August 2, 2005  Sucess!

My first trip up but it won't be the last. Had great weather on this day...


Cortez - Aug 2, 2005 11:41 am

Route Climbed: Bull-of-the-Woods Trail Date Climbed: May 11, 2002  Sucess!

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.

Hiking Party:

Michael Booker

Jennifer Booker



rwhitt - Jul 20, 2005 5:11 pm

Route Climbed: Williams Lake Date Climbed: June 28, 2005  Sucess!

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.


rwhitt - Jul 20, 2005 5:01 pm

Route Climbed: Bull of the Woods Date Climbed: May 12, 2005

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.

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