Wheeler Lakes

HARD 73 reviews
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Wheeler Lakes is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Frisco, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1646 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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 .

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1 day ago

Very nice trail. Although it is rated on this site as "Hard", I would rate as "Moderate". My only guess for the hard rating would be because there is a steady upward grade for about 2 miles. The trail itself is well worn and easy to follow. The trail to the top was about 3.6 miles and took about 1.5 hours. Total for the hike was 7.2 miles and 4.25 hours (this included 30 min for lunch). Take plenty of breaks on the way up and you'll be fine. Pretty views of the ponds and the mountains at the top. Bring some extra warm clothes. There was a cold wind blowing and it hailed for a short time. Only downside was hearing the traffic on 70 West for a period of time.

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8 days ago

Great trail. Not difficult. Wish the skies were blue and clear as the views are beautiful. Very hazy from the fires.

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16 days ago

Not a difficult trail. There is a short maybe .5 mile section that is "difficult" but because most of the trail is not like that, I'd say it's moderate! Really good views and a great place to hike to to eat lunch.

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25 days ago

We enjoyed everything about this hike EXCEPT for the initial 3/4 mile along I-70. So unnecessary! Don't park in the scenic overlook parking lot to begin your hike - unless you have a fondness for the sights & sounds of interstate traffic. Take exit 195 and either park off to the side as you exit westbound or park near the Conoco station on the eastbound side and walk across the bridge over I-70 to the trailhead. The trail is beautiful through aspen forest, meadow, and along the lakes. Be sure to continue beyond the 2nd lake for a gorgeous view down Tenmile Canyon and the surrounding mountains.

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Great trail. First mile or so, the trail follows 1-70 and you aren't far from the highway, so expect traffic noises/music from town. Next mile or two is a steady incline up to the lakes. Beautiful views!

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The trail starts at the Gore Range trailhead. The first 2 miles have a lot of incline, but after that you'll come to a clearing and from there it's a pretty flat trail to get to the lakes. We ate lunch at the top and it's beautiful. Lots of bugs though! I would say this was "moderate" not "hard".

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