Peak:  Wheeler Mountain (13er)
 Route:  South Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  JosephG
 Date of Info:  12/02/2012
 Date Posted:  12/03/2012

The 4WD road to Wheeler Lake was mostly snow free. However, the road was a pure sheet of ice in numerous sections, which required either diverting into the willows or slip-n-sliding along the ice. Wheeler Lake is mostly frozen, and the road around it is snowy but yielded only minimal postholing. The trail to the upper lake is readily apparent along the left of the stream. From the upper lake to the saddle, the snow is holding—anywhere from a couple inches to a foot is the norm. From the saddle to the summit, the ridge was 99% snow-free, and 100% snow-free where you’d want it to be (although Sunday night’s system probably deposited at least a little powder).

We took but did not use or ever feel the need to use spikes and axe. Left the snowshoes at home and didn’t regret it. I forgot my gaiters and didn’t really suffer.

Pic 1: The road.
Pic 2: Snow slope to the saddle.
Pic 3: Ascent gully.
Pic 4: Summit.

Doesn’t appear Sunday night’s/Monday’s snow left much, so this report should hold for a few days at least.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

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