Wheeler Peak (NM) Climber's Log

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Holsti97

Holsti97 - May 24, 2009 10:45 pm Date Climbed: May 21, 2009

Williams Lake Trail in May  Sucess!

Left the Williams Lake Trailhead at 5:30 AM and hiked up a snowy trail to Williams Lake. Hiked up the steep trail past the lake on dirt and rock when possible. Saw some Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep on top of the mountain. Reached the summit at 10 AM. We were the first to sign the register since January. Marmots entertained us on the way down. Glissaded down to Williams Lake and reached our vehicle at 1:30. A rewarding climb with Ryan, Ed, and Tom. HP #39.

pyerger

pyerger - May 15, 2009 1:47 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2005

great hike

Climbed a few times. Once in the fall, once in the winter, but didn't make it. Once in the spring, swimming in mushy snow.

cheetah262

cheetah262 - May 14, 2009 11:52 am Date Climbed: May 9, 2009

Sunny snow!  Sucess!

Snow made the trek much more challenging and, in the long run, more satisfying. It gave me a nice break from the 100 degree+ days in Southern Arizona!

imike

imike - May 14, 2009 11:06 am Date Climbed: May 9, 2009

winter???  Sucess!

Should have listened to those reports about snow... postholed and swam our way to the top with no proper gear, but a great day none the less. 4 hour 40 min up... over 3 hours down.

mthomas

mthomas - Mar 1, 2009 11:25 am Date Climbed: Feb 22, 2007

Climb and Ski Descent  Sucess!

Nice climb and ski descent with John Kear.

strudolyubov

strudolyubov - Jan 25, 2009 8:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2008

Wheeler Peak from Williams Lake  Sucess!

Started at 6:30am from Williams Lake TH. Hiked to the lake, then climbed directly to the summit of Wheeler (third summit since 2001). Visited summits of Old Mike Peak, Simpson Peak and Mount Walter. Descended west slopes route and returned to the car by 1:30pm. Nice hike, great views.

02-07-2009: Solo winter climb via Bull-of-the-Woods Trail. Seen lots of bighorns near Frazer Mountain. Climbed NW ridge of UN 13,045 to avoid deep snow in La Cal Basin. Returned the same way. Warm but windy on the summits of Wheeler and Walter. Total: ~15 miles, 8:30 hours. Good weather, great views.

04-25-2009: Solo ridge traverse from Kachina Peak (Kachina-Lake Fork-Pt.12,807-Pt.12,819-Pt.12,728-Simpson-Wheeler). Fun snow ridge, nice weather, terrific views!

03-12-2011: Winter climb from Bull-of-the-Woods TH. 7:40 hours car-to-car.

Wiktoria Plawska

Wiktoria Plawska - Jan 24, 2009 2:49 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2007

Wiktoria  Sucess!

Great and high-elevation peak. Beautiful views from the top.

nch5y7

nch5y7 - Jan 2, 2009 4:43 pm

Very cold day  Sucess!

Very cold, windy and long day.

Boriss Andean

Boriss Andean - Dec 7, 2008 1:16 am Date Climbed: Dec 5, 2008

Route: Williams Lake  Sucess!

Left from Taos around 10:30 am. The hike started from Williams lake trail at 11:40 am. Got to the lake an hour later and climbed the Wheeler's steep slopes in two hours. Knee deep snow in areas. Beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Very windy at the summit (4,011 m/13,161 ft). Saw Big Horn Sheep near the top.

Perfect weather and a great hike up to New Mexico's highest peak! Got back to the car right before sunset.

My 4th US HP!.

Kadee

Kadee - Nov 12, 2008 5:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2008

Terrible Weather  Sucess!

We had terrible weather on this peak. We were in the clouds the whole time. Took Williams Lake trail. When we gained the ridge the wind was blowing so hard, I almost felt like I needed to crawl to the summit. Made it though. Amazing feeling to hike in that type of weather. It gave me a new respect.

Did San Luis and Elbert the days before - with the same crappy weather on San Luis.

davebobk47

davebobk47 - Oct 15, 2008 4:24 pm Date Climbed: Oct 13, 2008

Cold solo from Williams Lake  Sucess!

Left TH at 0800 and made decent time until I hit the ice. Left crampons in the car...oops. Williams lake was beautiful with fresh snow on the surrounding mountains.

canichol

canichol - Sep 28, 2008 2:43 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2008

Bull-of-the-Woods from Taos Ski Valley  Sucess!

Pretty view, but crowded on top that day. The approaching storm should've cleared things out soon after we left.

AFmountaineer

AFmountaineer - Sep 20, 2008 11:50 am Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2008

Horshoe Lake Route  Sucess!

Awesome hike with extremely varied scenery. Right under the ridge of Horshoe lake we crossed two snowfields and that was the only snow we encountered. Horshoe lake is was beautiful. The best views I have ever seen awaited me at the summit along with a thunderstorm building over Old Mike so we had to book it down to Horshoe.

Moogie737

Moogie737 - Sep 13, 2008 11:19 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2008

Williams Lake option  Sucess!

#1 9-11-08 Brent, Lee & I reached the top in just under 2 hours. Yes, the ascent from the lake is steep, but the dry footing made it tolerable. Made the short side-trip to Mt. Walter before descending. Perfect weather: mid-level clouds, light breezes. Headed for AZ the same day with the intention of climbing Humphreys Peak the next morning. (We did.) #2 9-2-12 Enjoyed the "new" trail en route to the top. Bagged Mt. Walter, too. 2+29 up 2+34 down - many, many hikers on the way up during our descent.

mad maximus

mad maximus - Sep 6, 2008 7:18 pm Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2008

Cold and Alone  Sucess!

Got up early and returned by 1pm. I was alone all the way up and most of the way down. Some highschool kids were coming up when I got to the lake.

kevin trieu

kevin trieu - Aug 26, 2008 5:00 pm

Thunderstorm  Sucess!

made the summit with menacing dark clouds and numbing cold.

hans.schenk

hans.schenk - Aug 12, 2008 10:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2008

Tour de Wheeler  Sucess!

Ascended via the Bull of the Woods Trail and descended via Williams Lake. There was a dead bloated cow complete with flies part way up. At one point I and my companions left the trail and ascended to Walter Peak via the ridge crest on the west side of La Cal Basin.

Dean

Dean - Aug 2, 2008 8:42 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Williams Lake route  Sucess!

Nice hike and trekking poles make the descent of this route tolerable. My second state highpoint in three days with Colorado's Elbert being done on the last day of July. Met quite a few others at the summit, maybe 30 or so. Met many more as I was going down.
Mountain Sheep, marmots and pikas added to the delights of this mountain.

slowbutsteady

slowbutsteady - Aug 1, 2008 11:02 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2008

solo via Williams LK  Sucess!

Beautiful weather without threating T- storms. Departed hikers parking lot for Williams Lake at 4:50 AM. On top at 9:30 AM. No other hikers at that time. Many marmots on top and during slog up 2000 FT from the lake. No summit register could be found unless one was hidden in barrel of cannon.

dandrew

dandrew - Aug 1, 2008 6:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2008

Great hike, great scenery  Sucess!

Bull-of-the Woods trail with a descent down to Williams Lake. Nice views all around. My second state highpoint!

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