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!