Wheeler Peak (NM) Climber's Log

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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 - 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!


mlandau3 - Jul 21, 2008 2:10 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

We Made It  Sucess!

Thanks to Sarah and Ron (who we met on the trail), we all summited. Pretty long for a dayhike from the Coyote parking lot. Seeing the bighorn sheep was an added bonus.

LandonQ - Jul 20, 2008 2:11 am Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2008

Success  Sucess!

Successfully climbed.


TLP - Jul 3, 2008 9:13 am Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2008

great, great time  Sucess!

Went with a guy I met in Flagstaff a couple of days earlier while doing Humphreys Peak. He said he would like to come along when I said my plans, and I said sure, why not. It would be good to have a partner. I wasn't sure what to expect as far as snow, and how steep it would actually be, we were taking the Williams Lake route. There was snow, but nothing that needed special equipment. It was really pretty once we got up high on the mountain. Lost our way going through those woods after Williams Lake on the way up and on the way down. Figured it out though. I really like this mountain, and how the route just goes straight up it. It was such a good time. One of my favorites of all time so far.

Michael Graupe

Michael Graupe - Jul 1, 2008 6:46 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2008

Williams Lake  Sucess!

During a brief visit to Taos went up via Williams Lake starting before 6am in the morning. Took leisurely 2.5h to the summit carrying a lot of camera gear to photograph wildlife and wildflowers, which were blooming profusely. By late morning thunderstorms were already building (with lots of people still ascending!). After meeting up with my wife at Williams Lake we got rained and snowed on on our way back to the TH.


AubreySun - Jun 23, 2008 6:49 pm Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2008

Tour de Wheeler Peak  Sucess!

Went up Bull-of-the-Woods; down the west slope and Williams Lake Trail; then 2 miles on the road from the Williams Lake Trailhead to the Bull-of-the-Woods Trailhead. Ended up being about 13 miles and 4,200 feet of gain. Took us about 6 hours and 45 minutes.

No snow until the trail skirted below Bull-of-the-Woods Mountain. It wasn’t bad, though. Portions and edges of the trail poked through. No special equipment needed, although gaiters were nice to have.

We encountered our first snowfield on the side of Point 11,762. The trail was completely covered in snow. While it could be crossed without an ice axe, I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing so, and I was glad I brought mine. We crossed half of the snowfield and then skirted along the edge until we met back up with the dry trail. At this time, I suppose you could bypass all the snow by bushwhacking around it and over Point 11,762’s summit. From there, the trail was dry until La Cal Basin.

La Cal Basin was completely full of snow at/below treeline. We descended into the snowy forest to 11,800’, crossed the point where a couple creeks merge, then climbed directly up. Fortunately, it was early enough so the snow was mostly packed; we only postholed a few times.

On the descent to Williams Lake via Wheeler’s west slope, there were a few small snowfields, but nothing major. Made a few short glissades.

The crowded Williams Lake Trail was slushy and sloppy. Plastic pink ribbons marked the route, as the trail was buried under snow and mud. The last mile or so was dry.


StumblingBear - May 20, 2008 11:22 am Date Climbed: Oct 12, 1997

Two Beautiful Fall Climbs

Climbed Wheeler Peak twice, both times in October. The first with a friend. We hiked into Willams Lake, spent the night and summited the next day. Weather was nice but a cold wind blew on top. Next year my wife and her brother spent the night in Taos and got an early start the next morning and did the whole climb in one day from Williams Lake again.It was about the same weather just colder wind on top.


peakrat76 - Apr 23, 2008 3:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 1997

Wheeler Combo  Sucess!

Did the whole Wheeler/Old Mike/Simpson/Walter circuit. Great day & great companions.


scooter12ga - Apr 1, 2008 3:58 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2007

NM at its greatest!  Sucess!

Drove straight up there after returning from a business trip. Spent the night at TSV campground, summited the next day via Bull of the Woods. Beautiful summit day!


jcscratch1 - Feb 14, 2008 8:57 pm

Re: Spring in the Snow

I'm thinking about hiking Wheeler Peak last week of March. Should I plan on using snowshoes and crampons.

I'm a pretty strong hiker, but not a technical climber by any stretch, so I'm not ready to risk life or limb.


jimegan - Feb 7, 2008 11:18 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2004




GroundControl - Jan 13, 2008 10:05 am

Wheeler Peak, Summer 2003  Sucess!

Beautiful hike up Wheeler Peak, highly recommended.


highlandvillager - Jan 6, 2008 1:09 am Date Climbed: May 27, 2007

Just in time  Sucess!

We got a late start and trudged through knee deep snow to Williams Lake. I cut my break there short, which made all the difference. I was able to summit and glissade back down to the tree line before an approaching storm arrived. My climbing partner lingered too long at Williams Lake and was turned back by a blizzard just shy of the summit. We both enjoyed the beer and food at The Bavarian before returning to camp.


AltitudeSickness - Dec 22, 2007 8:42 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2004

Route Climbed: Bushwhacked  Sucess!

Bushwhacked up to approach to Mt. Walters from Lake Fork Creek. Followed ridge to Mt. Wheeler. Lots of snow made it lots of fun. Played all the way there. Bright sunshine all day. Cold sometimes, very warm at other times. Great trip even though I was miserably out of shape.


panweilin - Oct 25, 2007 7:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2004

My 1st NM peak  Sucess!

The first peak I went up in New Mexico. Wildflower blooming.


forjan - Oct 15, 2007 11:43 am Date Climbed: Oct 12, 2007

Williams Lake Trail  Sucess!

Woke up at 7:30am to 32F at the hiker parking lot. Started up at 8:10am. A local dog followed me all the way to the summit which we reached just before 10am. Stayed at the summit for 1/2 hr. Windy & cold along the summit ridge. Tagged Mount Walter on the way down. Back at the trailhead by 11:40am (3.5 hrs car-to-car).

I like it on top

I like it on top - Sep 12, 2007 1:31 am Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2007

Beautiful Day  Sucess!

Bright sun and spectacular views. After a short bushwack, we rose above treeline and picked up the bull of the woods trail, and made the summit around 11:30am. We completed the climb in recognition of those lost on 09-11, on behalf of Cops on Top.


Redwic - Sep 9, 2007 11:43 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2007

Weather Issues At The Summit  Sucess!

Starting in the early morning, there were beautiful weather conditions... *until* I climbed halfway up the saddle-slope between Wheeler Peak & Mount Walter. Then, suddenly, a solid cloud blanket covered over both peaks. The wind picked up, and it quickly felt like the temperature dropped to below freezing. When I reached Wheeler Peak's summit, the cloud/fog was so thick that I couldn't see 2-3 feet in front of me, so I jogged over to Mount Walter's summit to hopefully find more suitable conditions... only to find much of the same thick cloud cover there. It was too bad, as I bet that the views from the summits would have been spectacular. Thank goodness for my GPS & general pathfinding skills. The Williams Lake Trail is very nice!!!


Clodhopper - Sep 3, 2007 8:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006

Not the best weather  Sucess!

Thunderstorm above the treeline, at 13000ft. In retrospect, not so smart. Camping on top in a lightning storm, well, stupid. We made it though, I think I'll wait for a clear day to do it again.

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