Wheeler Gulch Trail Details
This ride starts at the beginning of the Wheeler Gulch trail, which branches off of the South Cottonwood Creek Trail about 2.6 miles from the trailhead and parking area.
If you head up South Cottonwood Creek Trail for about 2.6 miles, you'll see the turn on the right for Wheeler Gulch Trail.
The up and down nature of riding the South Cottonwood Creek Trail changes character on the Wheeler Creek trail, where you'll climb for about 3.8 miles.
The first mile or two is beautiful, smooth trail in the woods. It looks like some people use it for freeride/downhill, so keep an eye up the trail.
After that, you'll hit some rocky switchbacks for what feels like a long way. Enjoy the views, because they are few and far between, but they are breathtaking.
Once you hit the saddle below Wheeler Peak, the trail switches from rough singletrack to a fire road. I think most people stop here, but I felt like I was cheating if I didn't hit the high point of the saddle. To reach the summit, head up the road a little more and take a right. You'll come to a clearing in the woods and BOOM! You made it! While not spectacular, the summit is a satisfying end point.
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More Stats for Wheeler Gulch Trail bike trail
Altitude change1,669 ft
Altitude min5,986 ft
Altitude max7,664 ft
Altitude start5,996 ft
Altitude end7,664 ft
Distance climb3 miles
Distance down2,458 ft
Distance flat76 ft
Avg reverse time00:15:04
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Wheeler Gulch Trail Trail Reports
Oct 21, 2018 @ 12:47pmOct 21, 2018
|The trail has one downed tree in the beginning. The trail up to the first medow is either very wet with snow on both sides of the trail, or snow...|
Aug 22, 2018 @ 8:53amAug 22, 2018
|There is one downed tree across the trial pretty early on. Other than that the trail is superb. Running fast and a perfect amount of wet from the...|
Jun 7, 2018 @ 1:37pmJun 7, 2018
|I cut out all the trees up to the main meadow where most folks turn around. I'm told there's now just one left, near the top, close to the fire...|
Jun 3, 2018 @ 10:21amJun 3, 2018
|Good conditions but a few trees down. 7 to be exact...bring a saw.|
Jun 3, 2018 @ 10:19amJun 3, 2018
|Good conditions. A few trees to cross....and by a few I mean 7. Bring a bow saw.|
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