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Wheeler Peak via Williams LakeNorth Central, NM
North Central, NM
Hiking avatar Sep 13 2019
LindaAnn
Hiking8.86 Miles 3,037 AEG
Hiking8.86 Miles   5 Hrs   16 Mns   1.93 mph
3,037 ft AEG      41 Mns Break
 
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Got started from the Williams Lake Trailhead just before 6:45am. The first part of the trail winds through the ski resort then it appears the lower part of the trail has been recently rerouted. Great trail conditions for the first mile. Once back on the original trail, it has a lot of exposed rock and tree roots for about a mile. About two miles in, I reached the split in the trail—left for Wheeler, straight for Williams Lake. I had no interest in seeing the lake, so I continued to head uphill. The trail switchbacks up the mountain, and as the switchbacks tighten, the trail gets steeper. The last half mile up to the saddle at 13,000’ is quite steep. But overall, the trail is in good shape.

The wind was howling at the saddle, so I put a hat and gloves on, and headed up to the Wheeler summit. I sat in the wind shelter and had a snack and took some pictures. I was the first person up there today, so I had the summit all to myself. Headed back down to the saddle, then up to Mt Walter real quick before heading back down the mountain.

Once below the saddle, the winds started to die down, and I started to finally see other hikers. Everyone was friendly and chatty. Nice trail, and easier than Humphreys from Snowbowl. Saw deer, squirrels, chipmunks, pikas, and marmots. The wildflowers are probably a week past prime up there, but still saw quite a nice display.
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