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Wheeler Gulch

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3.8 Miles 6.1 Kilometers


83%

Runnable

1,661' 506 m

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Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

7,653' 2,333 m

High

5,993' 1,827 m

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Shared By Colin Tuttle

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A challenging climb on a fun trail.

Colin Tuttle

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This trail 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 go from the South Cottonwood Creek Trail parking lot, you're looking at over 14 miles round trip.


If you head up South Cottonwood Creek Trail for about 2.6 miles, you'll see the turn for Wheeler Gulch Trail.

The up and down nature of running the South Cottonwood Creek Trail changes character on the Wheeler Creek trail, where you'll climb for about 5 miles.

The first mile or two is beautiful, smooth trail in the woods. After that, you'll hit some newly cut trail and head up rocky switchbacks for what feels like a long way. As the trail becomes newer, the bumpier and rockier it becomes. 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.

Either way, enjoy the solitude all the way back to South Cottonwood Creek Trail, and the parking area.

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