I love the trails in this area. The weather was perfect, in early October. This trail was very steep in places and difficult. Pace yourself, and leave early. Not many people take this trail I only saw four others all day. The Aspens were yellow and shimmering. The views are spectacular! However, this trail was actually more difficult, overall, than the Wheeler Peak trail in my opinion. It's taxing to do in one day, unless you are in top physical condition.
Absolutely wonderful hike! There are places which are steep, but he views are well worth it! From the trail head parking it we took approximately 4 hours up and 2 1/2 down. On the way down we had to wait for 3 Bighorn to move off the trail, so it was a nice, unexpected break. This is not a heavily traveled trail, but easy to follow. There were several families and older hikers on the trail. Watch out for the winds on the top, it can get cold even late July!
We hiked this 6 mile loop and loved every minute of it. It is a bit of work out for not too bad for some fit 60 year olds. The views on the way up are stunning. Got to meet a local with his son and grandson, such a great thing for a family to do! If you are in the area I would highly recommend this one!
I'm an active 72 and a moderately active peak bagger from Florida Got on the trail at 8 and off at 4. As a state high point this was well worth the effort. The worst part was walking out of the parking lot at 10,00 ' and 28 degrees, breathing hard at the first minor uphill. Surprisingly it never got much worse. I was breathing hard the whole way but I was able to make my slow steady pace up to the top in about 3 1/2 hours. I stopped to talk to everyone I met on the trail, and found 4 geocaches which required a .8 mile side trip around Willams lake. It's a tough hike but if you allow enough time it's doable even for a flat lander. Those views above tree line and the summit are killer.
Left on 10/15/16 to summit wheeler peak. Camped right at the trailhead of bull of the trail, which is a great loop if it's not extremely windy at high elevation. Due to 60mph winds at the peak we decided to hike Williams lake trail (#62) to wheeler peak (#67). If you have not hiked in the area Williams lake trail is for the whole family (including young kiddos), only two miles to the lake and worth the quick hike. Wheeler peak is a difficult but obtainable hike. Just be ready to hike for two hours. Plenty of places to stop and rest. This hike is a must do and on a clear day can provide you the most incredible views. Great backcountry hiking up there too!
Went by myself, in late September, 2016. I saw several others making the climb along the way. Left the trailhead, near the Bavarian Restaurant, at around 10:00am. Arrived back at around 2:30pm. It's a beautiful hike, but not easy. Several fairly steep sections, especially after you make the turn off the Williams Lake Trail, up to the summit of Wheeler. The last bit is pretty tough. Steep, with loose rock/scree, thin-ish atmosphere. Don't give up.... You're almost there....Pause and rest as you need to......You'll make it! It's well worth it!
Beautiful hike. According to my tracking it turned out to be around 13 miles. The hike is pretty difficult and is pretty much uphill the entire way. The sign at the top that is supposed to lead you to the lake has vandalized arrows pointing both ways to Trampas lake. My intuition told me to go left and I was right. We even saw a baby bear on the hike down.
I'm not sure if I was at the right trail... we drove up and found the sign that read OSHA Canyon Trail but after we parked we didn't realize that the trail was on the other side of the river and there was no bridge to cross. After we passed the river and got passed the mud hole the rest of the trail was great. The first major incline was a little rocky but smooth from there on. I would definitely go back but I wouldn't consider it easy, especially if you have children or elders with you.
Beautiful hike with a bit of everything- views, wildlife (deer, blue grouse, pika, marmots, ravens), lake (Williams, worth the extra few minutes hike) wildflowers, forest, above tree line, scree, wifi on top. And of course the lightness of being at that altitude (13162) is a pleasure if you can handle it. Some hikers had a rough time.
I hiked barefoot from Bavarian hiker parking lot to top. No problem. Wore sneakers on way down. Very uncomfortable! Good hiking shoes a must.
The trail is well marked and maintained. There is a small stretch in the scree near the top where one could easily get off the trail in inclement weather! Plan on spending time at the top, it is truly beautiful.
A great way to end the day: stop at "The Waters" in Ojo Caliente. It's only an extra 10 miles if you are heading for Espanola, you cross the "Bridge" and avoid the Taos traffic and there are some wonderful views. And your body will thank you.
Can't wait to do this hike again.