Wheeler Lakes

HARD 18 reviews
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Wheeler Lakes is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Frisco, CO that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.8 miles 1656 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

Moderately-strenuous section of Gore Range Trail passes through intervals of aspen. Lake is near treeline and Uneva Pass. Great views and exceptional views .

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Try parking at copper exit to avoid 0.5 mi of double track down I-70. Good views of cooper and serene lakes at least the top

2 months ago

Love this trail. Trail head easy to find, being right off of I-70 West. Good incline but not too hard. Nice and shaded at parts. Will be going back again to go camping. Also, good for dogs.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views at the end of Copper Mountain. Steady incline not very physically or mentally demanding. Spotted a red fox at the top! Most of the flowers are not in bloom but can imagine this would be even more beautiful with flowers in full bloom.

hiking
3 months ago

Very pretty trail that goes up, up, up. Not too hard if you are in shape and live at 7,000+ elevation. Great views at the end. Perfect for a cooler hiking day. Park at the offramp and walk around the corner toward Copper for the trailhead.

hiking
4 months ago

Started early, had the trail to myself. The wild flowers were beautiful and the lakes a treat at the end. It's rigorous but worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

Moderate climb with no rest, but well worth the effort. Great views of copper mountain, lake Dillon, and surrounding ridge lines. Lakes are beautiful. Lots of salamanders. No issues with flies.

hiking
4 months ago

Hard time finding trailhead because of bad exit off 70 in 2013 Summit Hiking book. Real trailhead parking lot is off Scenic exit. More cars were parked even closer on the shoulder of the Copper exit ramp. Nice hike with beautiful wild flowers and views at the top. Needed mosquito spray.

hiking
4 months ago

I enjoyed this trail until we were overrun by flies. About 2 miles in, I couldn't take it anymore. We were swarmed and they started to bite, so we turned back. I was pretty bummed, I always finish hikes but wasn't able to this time. TAKE BUG SPRAY WITH YOU!! We'll hopefully be back to finish it before the end of you summer.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is absolutely beautiful at the lakes. The wildflowers were amazing. It is a bit steep and starts close to the highway. Worth it if you plan to spend some time at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

The hike is actually 6.4 miles out and back - 3.2 miles to the final lake. It took us (two children and my mom) three hours for the roundtrip. The wild flowers and views were amazing. Look for the Tiger Salamanders in the shallow areas of the second lake. Be prepared - the entire hike is mostly vertical with few areas to catch your breath.

hiking
4 months ago

Some mud but easy crossings. Wonderful lake at the end.

camping
5 months ago

birding
5 months ago

3 by Colorado standards- 5 by anywhere else you guys are from. Eagles nest wilderness gets crowded. Go on the weekday. Don't mind i70 at the beginning- it sucks but you get off it pretty quickly. Bring beers and smiles.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

The trailhead isn't marked very clearly. For parking you have two options:

1) coming on i70 westbound there is an area to park immediately after exiting the highway at the Copper exit on the right hand side. It comes up quickly. If you miss this you can turn left at the light and park next to the Conoco gas station. You then need to walk back over the bridge you just came from and the trail will be on the west side of the road.

2) coming on i70 eastbound you only have the option of parking next to the Conoco.

We hiked in mid-June and the trail was still very muddy. Highly recommend wearing the appropriate shoes.

The lake was great but a little murky. We saw a lot of people with dogs and felt this would be a great hike with your dog.

hiking
5 months ago

Fairly moderate hike. Packed a lunch and enjoyed sitting lakeside. If you go past the second lake, you can see Lake Dillon. Beautiful views. Trail is mostly in and out of the trees so we were shaded from the sun.

1 year ago

Good elevation gain. Pretty views of the ten mile range. Hike past the second lake until the trail peters out and you can see Lake Dillon and the town of Dillon. Pretty wildflowers abound.

1 year ago

Camped near the lake. Hiked to the top of pass. Lots of views. Nice even hike to the lake.