Wheeler Lake is a 5.9 mile out and back trail located near Fairplay, CO that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and off road driving and is accessible from March until November.
off road driving
This trail was semi difficult but the views are awesome. You may be able to drag a stock 4x4 off but it's going to take some effort and your probably going to come back with so beauty marks. However that's the fun part sometimes is pudding things to the limits and seeing what you can do. It's a pretty long trail so take water and food plus the other lake is a decent hike so if you plan on visiting it be prepared. Lastly don't travel this one alone, it's always better to have a backup rig for support. Safe travels and wheel on!
Gorgeous, but can have a lot of jeep traffic especially on weekends. Trail ends with a 400 ft vertical scramble so save some energy. It's worth the effort.
BEAUTIFUL HIKE! 4 stars because the road becomes an actual river with little to no way to pass except going through it. There were so many marmots! I hiked this trail June 20, 2016. There is still a decent amount of snow.
Beautiful views and a relatively easy hike. Well worth the drive from denver for a short picnic by the lakes.
Hiked this trail again. Lots of water on jeep trail. Had to hike around the water.
One of my first hikes.Several waterfalls , and flowers. Good place to take jeeps. 1997 July 5
In spite of all the 4x4 information about this trail, it really is a great hike. Each time we have hiked it, we see one or two jeeps, unless there is some sort of group rally. Wheeler lake is beautiful and above the lake is even better. Plus, the jeeps only go to the lake and back.
We hiked to the lake and then to the peaks behind the lake, Clinton, McNamee and Traver. Will post pictures from home.