Wheeler Lakes

MODERATE 105 reviews
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Wheeler Lakes is a 6.7 mile lightly 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
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1568 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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 .

1 month ago

Have done this trail a few times. Definitely a more difficult trail. Trail is difficult to find with snow, but this app helps a lot. Most of the way is uphill, but worth it. Especially if you continue up to the ridge to see Lost Lake. Gorgeous views.

3 months ago

Did this a few weeks ago and it was tough in snow shoes! The bottom of the trail is along the highway but if you park in the free copper lots it’s way better. We were the only people on the trail with fresh powder, Doesn’t get much better than that!

hiking
4 months ago

If you're picking this trail because of the lake(s) - I'd say don't. We hiked this in the late summer/early fall and while the trail itself was nice, the views were a little disappointing.

5 months ago

Pretty difficult, but very enjoyable. Great views of Copper. Lakes completely covered and barely visible this time of year but still beautiful while it’s snowing. Definitely need snow shoes! Make sure you park in the Copper parking lot which is just across the bridge- easy access to the trailhead!

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Tons of snow at the top and great views of Copper! Beautiful but definitely steep and challenging. We were the ONLY people on the trail! Worth it once you get to the top!

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Trail to Lost Lake was nonexistent, so bring a topo just in case. Trail to Wheeler lakes was clear but definitely need snow shoes this time of year, pack the crampons just in case.

5 months ago

We used the recommendation of parking at Copper Mountain Alpine Lot. It was worth it! Only hiked along the highway briefly. Spikes are highly recommended especially coming down the trail, snow shoes would’ve been nice once we got to the lakes but a pain to carry up. You can survive without them though. The views of the mountains are completely worth it once you get up near the lakes. The lakes are covered in snow so a little disappointing but everything else made it a great day. Oh and if you find a dog bootie let us know ;) we lost one in the snow.

hiking
5 months ago

Something you should know that no one commented on previously —half this trail is along the highway. This is the least scenic hiking we have ever done—you walk right along the highway like a hitchhiker for the first mile and you can still hear traffic 40 minutes Up the trail. You will inhale lots of exhaust fumes. Once you get up to the trail split for the wheeler lake spur the trail is much more scenic and peaceful however the wheeler lakes are really more like ponds. The views of the mountains at the end of the trail are worth it but this is probably not the most worthwhile hiking trail around. The snow was packed down pretty well until the last half mile and the trail was easy to find. The grade isn’t very steep and the footing was good. We took just under 3 hours round trip with breaks from the gore valley trail head.

hiking
6 months ago

Made the mistake of backpacking this trail in late May. Still knee deep snow, so the lakes were under a foot or so of snow once we got up there. We did manage to find some dry ground in the trees near the lakes and camped out for the night. The views were great even without the lakes and I would love to go back later in the summer and give it another go!

Also free (limited availability) parking near the Conoco across from the Copper Mountain parking lot not far from the trailhead.

7 months ago

follow the protrails info on this hike to get directions closer and bypass some of hiking along i70. I liked this hike! got the heart pumping and great views. especially do the spur at the second lake. I slipped 3 times on ice but I was too lazy to put on my spikes. also I ran into two sets of hunters, so just be aware and I would recommend dogs on a leash.

8 months ago

This is a great trail. Hiked the beginning of October. Snow on the upper half. Some slippery spots. Beautiful views at the top!

8 months ago

We did this hike on a Saturday. It was busy, but not too busy. I think the reason it is rated as hard is because the incline is non-stop until you reach the lake. I prefer more of a rambling trail with both incline and some leveling out. The trail itself was well-worn and easy to follow. Not many views...mostly forest of aspen and pine. It was beautiful...but just know that it is a constant uphill.

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
9 months 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.

hiking
10 months ago

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!

hiking
10 months ago

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".

10 months ago

Just hiked this route yesterday. Beautiful from start to finish. Trees and wildflowers, butterflies and salamanders. Lunch at the top. There were bugs, not bad if you kept moving. Nice lot for parking. Definitely worth it.

11 months ago

Scenic, moderate hike. Saw a bunch of deer near the lakes.

hiking
11 months ago

Good steady climb, the lakes are beautiful. It was a little swampy but it was to be expected with all of the rain over the past few days.

11 months ago

Steady incline. Bring bug spray. Gorgeous views at the end of the trail.

backpacking
11 months ago

The hike up to the lakes was a decent little workout. The lakes themselves are beautiful, as are the surrounding views. However, I would NOT recommend trying to camp anywhere near the lakes. We were constantly surrounded by a cloud of mosquitos, and both my dog and I were covered with bites by the time we left - despite bug spray. There are plenty of nice spots off the main trail for camping though!

hiking
11 months ago

This hike is a 4 because for 3/4 of it you are in and out of trees climbing with few views. The last 1/4 is beautiful with lakes and fabulous views of surrounding mountains. Bring bug spray! Pretty wildflowers and a good workout with all the climbing!

hiking
11 months ago

Definitely not "hard", views options to park closer and start later along the trail. Lots of huge salamanders in the lakes. Saw a mule deer heading down. Breathtaking views at the top, recommend climbing to the top of the hill to see both lakes and the surrounding mountains. Amazing place, would love to go back and camp.

hiking
11 months ago

The beginning (and the end) of the hike along I-70 is a little loud with traffic noise but overall a great hike with great views!

hiking
Friday, October 21, 2016

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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
Sunday, September 04, 2016

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
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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.

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