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Williams Lake

The trail up to the lake is only 2 miles but it will still be winter up there and the elevation gain is about 1,000 feet.  The elevation of the lake is over 11,000.

The basic plan is to spend the night in a beautiful winter setting, wake up to the sun rising over Wheeler Peak (or close to it) and enjoy nature.

Snow shoes and gaiters or snow pants will probably be required and microspikes or equivalent recommended.  High temps at the lake in the high 50s and lows in the mid 20s.

We should be able to get water from the stream coming out of the lake but be prepared to melt and boil snow for water if need be.

 

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  • Jason H.

    I can meet at Walmart but will need to hitch a ride this time. Hopefully there's enough room.
    Keith, has anyone mentioned the conditions up that way yet? I was wondering if I'll need any specific snow gear for the hike.

    April 1, 2013

    • Jason H.

      Ok, good info. Thanks. I'll have to rent some at REI Friday.

      April 3, 2013

    • Keith F.

      Jason, we will likely have our tents pitched on snow. 3 season tent should be fine. A free standing tent is better since it's hard to anchor one that isn't, on the snow. You should have a sleeping pad that will not circulate cold air up to you. I used a Big Agnes pad that I blow up last time and could feel the cold air in spots. It did not keep me from sleeping but I plan to bring a foam pad this time. The snow is not hard so you don't need a really thick pad. A 20 degree bag should be warm enough, although I will be testing out a new 0 degree bag. If you want to add some warmth to your existing bag I have a cover bag that will give you another 20 degree of warmth.

      April 3, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Just 4 of us? I imagine we can fit in one vehicle. Hopefully

    April 2, 2013

    • Keith F.

      We can all fit in my van easily but we might have to park at the main parking area for the ski resort and walk up the road to the trail. It would add about 1.6 miles to the trek.

      April 3, 2013

  • Kay

    Won't be able to make...good luck & have fun!

    April 1, 2013

  • Keith F.

    Eric, when you have gone in the winter have they enforced the 4wd vehicle only rule for going past Twining? It looks like they may get a fair amount of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. We probably need to take at least high clearance unless we walk from the main ski area parking. What do you think?

    April 1, 2013

    • Eric K.

      Well, it is hard to say. Last year we had no trouble driving up with a sedan. What is your vehicle. Mine is not a 4WD.

      April 1, 2013

    • Keith F.

      I've got a minivan.

      April 1, 2013

  • Debbie

    So sorry but I have to change my rsvp.

    April 1, 2013

  • Keith F.

    We can carpool from ABQ, from the Walmart on Carlisle. Kay we can stop to pick you up in SF if you'd like.

    April 1, 2013

  • Brandon

    Think I got a little overzealous on this one. I need to revisit my gear situation before such a trip, a summer trip would be better. Hope you guys have fun!

    March 12, 2013

    • Keith F.

      I could loan you an overbag which will give you another 20 degree F if that would help. What are you in need of?

      March 12, 2013

  • Eric K.

    March 10, 2013

  • Keith F.

    I have a 0 degree LLBean down bag on it's way and I'm getting a thin closed cell pad to go under my thicker sleeping pad. I should be slightly better prepared than I was on the last winter trip. If anyone has gear issues post a comment here. Some folks have extra gear.

    February 26, 2013

  • Keith F.

    Ok. The date is working out for me so I'll move people off the waiting list.

    February 26, 2013

  • Eric K.

    I hosted a winter Williams Lake trip on March 31, 2012. You can see pictures from that trip by going to the posting for that trip. It would not be safe to summit Wheeler Peak from Williams Lake. The slopes making up the bowel around Williams Lake are avalanche prone. The safest way to summit Wheeler in winter is via the Bull-of–the–Run route which follows the ridge to the summit. You still have to watch out and not walk on any cornices.

    February 26, 2013

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