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View north towards Pineview reservoir

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

View south near the junction with the Maples trail
View along the narrow Maples section of the trail 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:

     Maples Loop.  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. Mid-altitude ride.

View down from the Maples Trailhead on Wheeler Creek Trail.

Don't forget your helmet. 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.)

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View of the central arm of Causey Reservoir.
October 6, 1998

Wheeler Trail Map 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'.
Riding resources:
One-page printable guide
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
   Garmin     GPX    (includes East Fork, Middle Fork, Green Pond, Coldwater)
High-res topo map for printing:   View 
Lodging, camping, shops:
       Links to Ogden area resources

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