A great hike with Carla--nice respite being up at the ski area after the holiday-weekend biker rally down in Taos (arrrgh!). Nice easy hike up and back through varied terrain. The only sour note was the guy we met coming down. He was hiking up with his dog, who had just caught and killed a marmot. Ugh. Later we enjoyed post-climb beers at that German restaurant above the resort--nice way to end the day.
Like others before ne, I hiked the Bull of the Woods trail, and descended via the Williams Lake trail. Absolutely beautiful weather, it could not have been any better! It was difficult for me, as I had never hiked a mountain like that before so I had a Rocky moment when I reached the top ("Yo Adrian!!"). It gave me a very good idea of what to expect from mountains out west.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Nice climb and ski descent with John Kear.
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.
Great and high-elevation peak. Beautiful views from the top.
Very cold, windy and long day.
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!.
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.
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.
Pretty view, but crowded on top that day. The approaching storm should've cleared things out soon after we left.
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.
#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.
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.
made the summit with menacing dark clouds and numbing cold.
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.
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.