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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!
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 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.
Terrific day hike. Strenuous but not difficult. Nice views once you're above the tree line, especially at Wheeler Peak.
Camped at the trailhead. Hit the trail at sunrise (6:30), reached Wheeler Peak at 11:00 and was back at the trailhead by 2:30. Glad I got an early start. Clouded up at noon and a light rain began around 1:00. But there was also lightning in the area and above the tree line there's no place to shelter. I'm a low-lander (Dallas), but in reasonably good shape (56; bike 40 miles a week). The altitude caught up with me; had to greatly slow my pace and take deeper breaths for the last 2-or-so miles up. Did not see another soul on the trail. Scads of marmots near the peak, including one perched on the top of the rock pile marking Wheeler Peak! (Photo.) No snow or ice on the trail (8/31/16).
We summited Wheeler on July 6 2016, taking the Bull of the Woods trail from the trail head near all the large condo construction. Both of us guys are in reasonable shape for 68 year olds, and the hike up was no problem. Reached the summit in about 6 hours and it was crowded on this bluebird day. No snow on the trail either. Several hikers told us we could descend easily on the Williams lake trail, and since it was much shorter, we chose that descent, much to our regret. It is much steeper and much rougher and has loose rocks in many spots. We both believe we could have descended the way we came up in the same time it took us on the much shorter trail. Another reviewer mentions this additional huge problem: when you reach the road on the Williams trail and your car is at Bull of the Woods trail head, you are still MILES! from your car. We were told it was 4-5 miles, and it was 85 degrees and we were done, so we hitchhiked and the ride took about fifteen minutes. Still loved it for the experience and the awesome views!