Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2008-07-16
|Others in Party:||Marcel Blume|
|Date:||Wednesday, July 16, 2008|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||13161 ft / 4011 m|
Ascent Trip ReportMy first recorded highpoint, done with Marcel. Marcel and I camped overnight in Twining, arriving after a rainstorm. Arising at 5 a.m for breakfast and breaking camp, we were on trail at 7:15. Hike up was beautiful along a briskly moving mountain stream. Got slightly lost on a ski trail, but quickly recovered with aid of GPS. As we were nearing the ridgeline, a descending hiker who we had spoke with the previous evening told us that he had encountered an impassable snow patch and thus had turned around perhaps 10-15 minutes from the summit. Discouraged, we decided to proceed anyway and see for ourselves. Fortunately, we were able to simply hike up above and around the snow patch.
Lingered about 45 minutes at summit, but seeing a thunderstorm approaching decided to descend.
After walking back along the ridge a way, we saw hikers descending to Williams lake, and looking at map, could see that this would be a viable way back. Thus began a downwards scramble through loose rock of about 2000 feet before reaching a trail. On the way saw a beautiful big-horn ram who lingered quite close to trail. Reached the lake and soaked our feet, then mild thunderstorm rolled in, dropping silky dreamlike hail as we continued our descent, eventually reaching and walking on a road for the final 2-3 miles back to Twining.
Click here for map of hike.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3728 ft / 1136 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3728 ft / 1136 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||13.7 mi / 22 km|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Thunderstorm, Pleasant, Breezy, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||3728 ft / 1136 m|
| Distance:||8.4 mi / 13.5 km|
| Route:||Bull of the Woods|
| Start Trailhead:||Twining 9433 ft / 2875 m|
| Time:||4 Hours 22 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||3728 ft / 1136 m|
| Distance:||5.3 mi / 8.5 km|
| Route:||Williams Lake|
| End Trailhead:||Twining 9433 ft / 2875 m|
| Time:||3 Hours 18 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Wheeler Peak|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 10158 ft / 3096 m Total Trip Loss: 10158 ft / 3096 m
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