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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 25, 2020
HikingRocky

this was such a hard hike. incredibly windy at the top, and the switchbacks seem to never end. the views are great the whole way though

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 24, 2020
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Keith Carrieri reviewed Trampas Lakes Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 23, 2020
Hiking

Epic

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 23, 2020
Hiking

This is a beautiful hike! As others have said, the top is steep and rocky, poles were definitely a big plus. It was VERY windy and cold at the top. Recommend a wool hat and good gloves in addition to a warm jacket. Trail was steadily busy but not too crowded on late October Friday. No issues with parking at the trail head even though we got a late start (arrived at 10 am, there were plenty of spots).

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Kevin Edwards reviewed Trampas Lakes Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 22, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 21, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 20, 2020
Hiking

Great challenging hike. The last mile is steep switchbacks with intermittent gravel and boulder fields. No water sources other than Williams Lake, so plan accordingly if you have a dog with you.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 19, 2020
Hiking

Incredible hike. Filmed the experience in 4k. Can view it here for reference: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoFCcB03vM-nepESoPJ4KvA

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Alanna Warner-Smith reviewed Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 19, 2020
HikingGreat!Rocky

We did an out-and-back to Wheeler peak, via the Williams Lake Trail. The first half of the trail is a relatively easy climb to the Wheeler Peak/Williams Lake junction. The junction is a perfect place for a quick snack and recharge before heading up to the peak. After the junction, the climb starts a bit more, with a climb through the forest. Once you get out of the trees, the climb starts in earnest with long switchbacks and incredible views. These aren't the Switchbacks of Sorrows, however; these start once the peak is in view, the trail goes through more scree, and the short switchbacks are shorter and steeper. I enjoy physical activity, but I'm more of a "likes to lift weights, finds an excuse to skip cardio days" type of person, so the steep switchbacks combined with the climbing elevation were hard. But, one foot in front of the other, an identity crisis in the middle of the switchbacks and a thorough examination of life choices that led you to the hike and you're at the top! Top was windy and cold, but views were gorgeous. I highly recommend stopping by Williams Lake on the way down--it's a perfect spot for post-summit sunbathing and snacks before a quick hike back to the hiker parking lot. I also was really glad I had my trekking poles--made the downhill trek and the scree easier to manage.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 19, 2020
Hiking

This trail overall was not hard. Definitely the challenging part for most will be the altitude.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 19, 2020
HikingGreat!

The trail is in good shape and easy to follow. Just a heads up when approaching Williams Lake, look for the Wheeler Trail before the lake.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 18, 2020
HikingGreat!
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 17, 2020
Hiking

Just too many people. The trail takes you through a ski resort then through the trees. The above the tree line part is nice but the scree mixed with dirt is challenging. This would be a 4 star hike except for the insane amount of people on a very narrow trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 17, 2020
Hiking

Definitely recommend doing Bull of the woods up and William's lake trail down. It was super windy and cold on the top but otherwise a nice hike.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 16, 2020
HikingGreat!
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 15, 2020
Hiking
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 13, 2020
Hiking

Steep but gorgeous!!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 13, 2020
HikingGreat!Rocky

Perfect weather. Trail at tree line and above has fabulous scenic views and is where we saw many birds, grouse and Bighorn Sheep. There are areas one can sit and soak in the views. Because of COVID mask wearing was mandatory on all trails. Get out and hike!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 12, 2020
Hiking

This one kicked my butt! Beautiful views from up top though.

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David Unsworth reviewed Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 11, 2020
Hiking

Truly spectacular hike all around. I did it last weekend. Get there early to get a spot in the parking lot, and follow the signs through the ski lodge. The first half of the trail to Williams Lake is fairly easy. Then when you turn to the left (east), you start to climb, and it becomes a quite challenging trail, with a lot of grueling switchbacks. Still...this is only a moderately difficult ascent. Lots of traffic, including some families. There are some pretty exposed switchbacks, but nothing too crazy. Make sure you put on sunblock, as you can burn easily. The last portion of the trail you will reach the ridgeline...then it's just an easy quarter to 3/8 of a mile to the left, and you will reach the summit. I was fortunate enough to have a warm day, with almost no wind. Generally, though, it's supposed to be quite windy. All in all, I was up in 3:30 and down in 2:45. On the way down I stopped to see Williams Lake, which is well worth adding a little more time to your descent.

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Gregory Sheppard reviewed Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 7, 2020
HikingGreat!

Be prepared for a lot of loose scree towards the top, but the trail has been maintained so it's safe. Otherwise a phenomenal hike with gorgeous views.

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Spencer Micali reviewed Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 6, 2020
HikingGreat!

10/6/20 left at 8 am back to car by noon with a temp range of 30-60. Only saw a few groups until reconnecting with williams lake trail. Really gets vertical towards the last few switchbacks. Wore trail runners which only sucked for the top .5 of the trail with a lot of loose pebbles. Great views, fairly hazy and aspens are just post peak.

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Yael Rosas reviewed Trampas Lakes Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 5, 2020
Backpacking

Amazing trail, with nice camping spots! A bit difficult going up but really short hike. Really easy and smooth coming down.

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Amelia Anaya reviewed Trampas Lakes Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 5, 2020
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