Overview: Starting from the upper TH, the less than 2.5 mile one way Williams Lake Trail#62 hike is a popular midsummer stroll and/or an excellent winter snowshoe trip enjoyed by all ages. The 965 foot climb to the lake over a gentle pass at 11.1k feet greets you with a deep basin cirque lake completely surrounded by a jagged ring of peaks. Although the summit is not visible from the lake, Wheeler Peak- the state's highest point at 13,161 ft- forms the eastern rim of the Williams Lake cirque and offers an "unofficial" and popular use route from the lake up to the summit of Wheeler Peak (Note: this "use route" starts from the beginning east side of the lake at way point N36.55775 W105.42998).
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.