Went up Bull of the Woods trail and descended via Williams Lake. We expected a pleasant late summer hike but encountered full winter conditions on the summit. It snowed 3-4" on the upper ridge with drifts up to my knees in some places. Temps were in the 30's. The wind was blowing 30mph and visibility was less than 100ft. We wern't fully prepared for that but pressed on wearing only summer hiking boots and lightweight raingear. This is my 46th state highpoint.
Great trip. Use the Williams Lake trail for a shorter route. A trail has actually been cut up the slopes of Wheeler Peak from the Lake. Cuts off 6 to 8 miles. I used Bull of the Woods, a long 14 miles. First 13er and new highest peak for me. BTW it is just a walk up...the trail goes to the summit. Via this route no scrambling needed.
Me and my German Shepherd made the hike up to Wheeler Peak. Our first 13er.
This one closed out my vacation spurt of HPs (Nebraska, Okla, Texas, N.M.), and what a nice way to go out. HP #9 for me, I took the Bull of the Woods there and back for about an 8-hour total round trip. Except for all the horse and cow dung on the trail (which attracted tons of butterflies to see at least), this was an awesome experience. Enjoyed returning to more New England-like terrain after Okla and Texas. Came upon a big herd of cattle that seemed confused by my presence. Like the bonus Mt. Walter 13'er peak too. Tremendous views, and only one real windy stretch.
Post-holed up to above La Cal basin, turned around due to tight schedule and slow-going. Beautiful mountain though. I'll be back.
Busy day up on wheel chair peak. Great new trail from williams lake trail. Too bad people short cut the switchbacks.
A rollercoaster of altitude and weather.
Left from Las Cruces (Elevation 4,000ft) early in the morning and got to the trail at 11. When I got to the ridge a thunderstorm rolled in so I ran down to the tree line and waited it out. After about an hour of pouring rain and hail the storm passed. After that I went to the summit. My lungs felt terrible. gaining over 9,000 feet in less than half a day kills the lungs. It was still worth it though.
Went up Bull of the Woods, and down Williams lake. The last two miles on the road were pretty rough on the legs. Lots of marmots and bighorn sheep to keep you company. My 10th state HP!
I hiked up Wheeler Peak with my Dad in the late 90s.
Made it before dark!
Started a little later than we wanted (8:30) but had a good day and the afternoon storms never really amounted to much. The route is pretty long at over 15 miles and we had flown in from Minneapolis the night before so the altitude played a bigger role than normal for us. The sheep were everywhere. We were walking right through herds of a dozen or more multiple times. Pretty cool.
Hiked up solo during a soggy summer day. Didn't see anyone else but did see a few marmots and mountain goats along the way. Pretty neat vegetation and trees in this area. Didn't get too many views due to the clouds and fog, but still had a great hike.
Trail up from Williams Lake was easy to follow, just a bit steep up the talus, but not bad. Slept in my car at the parking by the ski area the night before, it was so nice to feel the cool, thin mountain air after a summer in the Midwest (Kansas City).
bull of the woods is the classic and is beautiful; the lake below is full of squirrels but also amazing otherwise. aug 2002
Up Bull of the woods and down to Williams lake made for a scenic hike.
Drove in and arrived at the parking lot about 7a. It had snowed the night before, and I was on snow for most of the hike above 10000'. Very windy on the ridges, but had the mountain all to myself for the entire day. Didn't see people until I was within a mile of the car. Round-trip about 7 hours with lots of postholing and breaks for photos and lunch.
a great day! Friday April 1st...taking advantage of the low snow pack this year we were able to access the summit via Williams Lake with switchback kick stepping. It was possible to climb wheeler april 1st. wow. beautiful...and fresh tracks for the most part. lot of post holing on the bull-of-the-woods trail return, though! and the winds! wow! keep your hat on tight!
Made it up to summit ridge, but didn't get to summit proper due to tremendous winds.
Fun climb in the morning. a little windy on top but otherwise a beautiful day. Back to my vehicle before noon.