Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2011-08-11

Climber: Brian Friedrich

Others in Party:George Schaaf Jr.
Laura Friedrich
Date:Thursday, August 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:13161 ft / 4011 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at first light from the trailhead to avoid the heat, crowds, and potential storms in the afternoon. Trail was extremely well-marked with blue blazes. We followed the "new" trail that turns sharp left at a wooden post inscribed with "Wheeler Peak" and "Williams Lake" - you can't miss it. This trail then wanders into the alpine fairly quickly and steeply, although there are longer switchbacked sections. The summit ridge was quite windy, but the weather was otherwise brilliant. Encountered a couple of big horn sheep, an adolescent buck, and numerous very tame pica and marmots. Enjoyed a fine meal and brews down at The Bavarian (very near the trailhead) - recommended.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3770 ft / 1149 m
    Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Trailhead:9391 ft / 2862 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 43 Minutes

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