“Explore the remains of an abandoned ski lift while enjoying a short run to a small lookout.”
— Gunks Jesse
Features: Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
From a kiosk at the western end of the lower parking area, follow a wide path covered with wood chips that heads north, soon becoming a gravel road. At the top of a rise, a triple white blaze on a tree to the right marks the start of the Bull Wheel Trail. Turn right onto this trail, which climbs gradually on an old carriage road. After passing a trail sign on the left, the road becomes rocky and eroded, and it gradually narrows to a footpath.
At the crest of the rise, the trail passes a concrete slab, with steel bolts protruding. A tower that was anchored to the slab via the bolts once supported a pulley for a ski lift - part of the Ski Minne downhill ski area, which operated from 1964 to 1978. The pulley is commonly referred to as a "bull wheel" - hence the name for the trail.
This trail can be combined to form a loop by following the red blazes back to the parking area, or be runed simply as an out-and-back.