Wheeler Creek Trail
Wheeler Creek Trail is a popular trail
close to Ogden. It's 5 miles long, with 1300 vertical of total climbing. The trail melts out early in the spring, so the lower section,
1.8 miles in length, is easier. It can be
ridden by late April to early May, and in virtually any weather. The upper section becomes snow-free by early June.
View down the canyon on an early section of the trail.
October 6, 1998 by Bruce Argyle
The first section of the trail from Ogden
Canyon (Wheeler Creek Trailhead) to the Snow Basin Road (Art Nort Trailhead) follows an
old road. This section is rocky but not technical, with a steady uphill grade. This
section is generally called "Wheeler Creek Trail," while the second section is
named the "Wheeler Trail," but is often called the "Maples Trail" by
locals. Got that?
Higher up on the first trail section.
Picture Oct. 6, 1998
||The second 3.2 miles is dirt singletrack through aspens, oak brush, and
meadows. This section begins at the Art Nord Trailhead and ends at the Maples Trailhead
near Maples Campground. This second section is snowbound until June. The trail will be
soft after rainstorms.
On the second section of the trail,
nearing the Maples area. October 6, 1998.
|Recently, new trails have been cut in this area. You can now
link the Wheeler Trail or Wheeler Creek Trail to other trails to form
awesome singletrack loops:
12 miles, 1600 vertical. With Wheeler, 15 miles and 2100 vertical. Loops
up through Snowbasin.
East Fork Loop.
6 miles, 800 vertical. With Wheeler, 10 miles and 1300 vertical.
View down from the Maples Trailhead on
Wheeler Creek Trail.
||An interesting ride nearby is the Skull Crack Trail, which begins at the
end of the south arm of Causey Reservoir and travels above the cliffs of the central arm.
(Causey Reservoir is 15 miles further up U-39.)
If you want information on scuba diving
in Causey, see Utah's most comprehensive information at www.UtahDiving.com.
View of the central arm of Causey Reservoir.
October 6, 1998
||Getting there: From I-15, take the Ogden 12th Street exit
(U-39). Continue east on U-39 to Ogden Canyon. 11 miles after leaving the freeway, you'll
note a small road on the right just as the highway climbs up to the dam of Pineview
Reservoir. The parking area is about 100 feet down the road. Trailhead GPS N 41° 15.168'
W 111° 50.511'. Intersection of trail with Snow Basin Road and Wheeler Creek Trail is GPS
N 41° 14.007' W 111° 49.197'.