Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2011-08-11
|Others in Party:||George Schaaf Jr.|
|Date:||Thursday, August 11, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New Mexico|
| Elevation:||13161 ft / 4011 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted 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|
| Time Up:||1 Hours 43 Minutes|
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