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Wheeler Lakes is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Frisco, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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: 6.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,496 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

walking

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

Moderately-strenuous section of Gore Range Trail that passes through intervals of Aspen, near Treeline and Uneva Pass. Please note that hikers have reported ticketing at the trailhead so be mindful of where you park your car.

hiking
5 hours ago

wildflowers wildflowers! If you start at the ponds/scenic exit, look for marmots as you go down the hill to the exit ramp. Be sure to go beyond the lakes to see the mountains behind. Great place for lunch.

hiking
6 days ago

Parked at the truck stop and walked from there. First part comes with noise from I-70. About a mile into it the the incline starts and it’s fairly uphill most of the time. The lakes at the top is well worth it. Pack a snack and enjoy it. Trial wasn’t crowded

Park at truckstop just before Copper exit. Saw people parked at copper exit and there were tickets on their windshields, regardless of lack of no parking sign.

hiking
bugs
9 days ago

Did this trail with my daughter (8) today and she is spent! It is in beautiful shape and you get a heck of a leg workout on this one. We saw many people coming through here and many stopping for lunch at the lakes. (Bring your bug spray!) A great hike if you really want to push yourself... and you get over the traffic sounds really quickly on the first part.

bugs
muddy
rocky
10 days ago

The first third of the trail is REALLY noisy with interstate traffic. I recommend starting the trail farther down at Wheeler Junction which is one exit further on the freeway. You'll enjoy the hike much more if you do. You'll still have about 30min of noisy hiking but then it's a pretty nice trail.

hiking
bugs
10 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Very nicely marked trail with beautiful views at top by lakes. You do have to walk along I-70 for a while but when you turn up it is really nice. Some snow in spots today, 6/21/20. Go to the second lake and head right of that to some beautiful views of more mountain peaks.

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail, still a bit muddy in places, but nothing that can’t be hiked around. Met some very nice people and leashed dogs on the trail this morning. There were many beautiful places to stop and take photos of the diverse landscape.

hiking
muddy
23 days ago

6/14 Beautiful day for a hike. I parked over by the gas station and walked over the highway to cut off .5 mile walking along the highway. I recommend this hike early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat. The first 1/2 to 1 mile is pretty exposed. You will hear the traffic on I70 to start and end. The first mile after you start climbing north is a steady steep climb. After 2 miles it starts to level out a bit. There is still snow on the trail the last mile which can be avoided for the most part, but definitely muddy. Do not wear tennis shoes, your feet will be a wet, muddy mess. Gators or micro spikes are not needed now. Beautiful views and not a lot of hikers today.

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off trail
snow
1 month ago

Hiked this trail on Sunday 5/31 and it was still quite snowbound in the last mile. We went off course a few times as the trail was hard to find in the snow. Bring gaiters or snowshoes.

My husband and I were first on the trail after snow... no trail that we saw to the actual lakes from the main trail and the powder too soft to trailblaze. The trail started to veer off to the left from where it should have been about .4 miles from the lake so we turned around. Snowshoes a must. We parked at the scenic lot and that worked well. Really pretty views on the way up and through the trees.

snowshoeing
snow
6 months ago

Snowshoers, I recommend you park at the scenic area. The pedestrian walkway is covered in snow and difficult to traverse (the walkway is attached on the west side of the bridge). Plus, with the Alpine lot full of skiers, it takes as long to reach the hike as it would hiking the extra .8 miles from the scenic area anyway. The trail is pretty steep as you first cut up into the trees and away from the noise of I70, but it’s beautiful back there and worth the effort.

hiking
7 months ago

Unspoiled powder winter wonderland! That said my pups and I did some serious trailblazing, as it was clear no one has been here for at least a week. We were able to figure out a “trail.” Gorgeous day. Spikes at a minimum.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked to the first lake last weekend and there was around a foot of snow on trail which made it take like 6 hours round trip. Only thing that was lame was that you have to walk along 70 for a solid mile or so. The solitude was nice tho, lakes are frozen fyi

hiking
9 months ago

Super fun moderate trial- leaves not ready yet- had the lakes to ourselves

hiking
10 months ago

Parked at the scenic area/rest area just east of the Copper exit. Added an extra mile but worth it to have a parking space and stream for the dog to cool off in at the end. Hiked with our 9 and 6 year old who are seasoned hikers but still like to whine. It was a perfect “challenging” hike for them. We stopped at the first lake and had lunch. Dog got to swim. Only thing keeping from 5 stars is the proximity to the highway for the first bit.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy, slow, steady climb. Beautiful, sunny day. Trail is well marked. Can walk around upper lake. Well worth it for photo opportunities of lake w/ Peak One in background. Still a lot of flowers blooming. A few people on path, but not crowded. Agree with others who suggested parking by gas station on other side of road.

hiking
10 months ago

started a bit late - so really hot, but very beautiful views and still great wild flowers. bring lots of water. RT 3 hours. Not crowded even on a Sunday.

hiking
10 months ago

Starts off along I 70 for 3/4 mile and then heads into the woods. Lots of wildflowers, views of Copper Mountain and of course, the two lakes at the top. No bugs and only a few people

hiking
11 months ago

The Good, The Bad, The Overall Trail The Good: Easy little hike that goes to some cool alpine lakes. Unless you’re going to Lost Lake that’s much more difficult and long. Crazy amount of wildflowers through the first mile of fields. Just beautiful. If you go a little past the Upper lake, there is an insanely pretty view and more wildflowers. The signage at the trailhead is actual posted, relevant, and updated. The Bad: Lots of bugs at the lake. The lakes are cute, but not the most impressive alpine lakes. There is no trailhead toilet/latrine. The trailhead is very strange to get to. It’s right off the Copper Mountain exit. There a small road that 3 or so vehicles can park single-file, but most people park at the gas station across the street and walk over the bridge. The first mile is along I-70, so it’s loud with highway traffic, but the wildflowers definitely make up for it. The Overall Trail: Don’t miss the right-turn at the fork to go to the lakes. If you go the other way its the Gore Range Trail (see photo). Make sure your dog is on-leash. This is usually the case, and its a sensitive subject but they are extremely strict about it on this trail. Even the locals are bossy about it. We had a dog on-leash and had one gentleman “informed us” and another woman gave us a nasty look and almost said something until she realized the dog was leashed. The trail even to the Upper Lake was less than 3 miles. So RT was less than 6 miles. This is a beautiful little hike that has some stunning wildflowers and the first mile may not be your typical “hike” view due to I-70 and Copper Mountain, but once you’re a mile in the sights, the woods, and the trial itself are beautiful. This is a very unique trail that reminds you of how easy it can be to escape into the woods.

hiking
11 months ago

We hiked this trail yesterday to Lost Lake. This is our third time going to Lost Lake and it never disappoints. We parked in the Alpine lot at Copper. It is about 11 miles if you go straight to Lost and skip the Wheeler cut off. There was a little snow and mud on the trail but other than that the trail was in great shape. The best part of this trail is after you pass the Wheeler cutoff. Total elevation gain is around 2000 ft.

hiking
11 months ago

Loved the hike and the views from the top, but hated the mosquitos at the lakes; they swarmed us when we stopped. There are still muddy spots on the trail and the trail between the lakes is very muddy.

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

Beautiful trail. Was a bit muddy in places but snow free. There is a bit of snow around the upper lake but only on the shady side in the trees. Wildflowers are in down lower but not up higher yet. A bit of I70 noise at the start. Parked near the Conoco and crossed the highway to cut off the section along the freeway but still get a lot of noise from trucks etc until you get about 1 mile in. Nice mountain views before the first lake and after the second lake!

hiking
Sat Jul 06 2019

Great hiking through poplar trees and pine forests; also some beautiful meadows toward the top and around the lakes. Wheeler lake #2 is the best. Did not try fishing, bummer! Only reason it’s not a five star is due to the portion that parallels the highway.

hiking
muddy
snow
Tue Jul 02 2019

GREAT hike. Started at Scenic parking lot off of I-70. Aspen groves, forest, open meadows, views galore. Trail runs along the creek the entire hike up. Took the Wheeler Lakes trail and both lakes are stunning. Had multiple snow patches that we had to get over in the shadier spots, but they were still pretty packed down and it wasn’t an issue . Temps were in the 70’s on Saturday, so remaining snow was melting quickly and causing run- offs on the trail. Definitely recommend waterproof boots !

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muddy
snow
Fri Jun 28 2019

Hiked it this week lake was still frozen over. Trail is snow covered in many places.

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