Wheeler Pass Trail is a 21.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Breckenridge, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 21.6 km Elevation Gain: 1,443 m Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

Directions from Breckenridge: (McCullough Gulch) - travel 12 miles south of Breckenridge on Highway 9. Turn right onto Blue Lakes Dr. (Forest Road 850) and take a second right after 1/4 mile. Continue 2 miles to the trailhead, located on the first switch back after crossing McCullough Gulch.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Advanced mountain bike trail but beautiful surroundings and views. Best done by trekking up Peak 9 from Breckenridge and then going down Wheeler Trail to Copper. Challenging biking.

hiking
blowdown
9 months ago

Hiked up to Wheeler Pass, between Peaks 8&9 of the 10 Mile Range. At the top you’re able to see views down to Blue River, Breck, and the backside of Copper. Great wildflowers right now, late July. This is a steady incline the entire way up, crossing a couple avalanche chutes at the beginning which are very easy to navigate across. Total mileage was 7.5; You’re below treeline for this first ~2.5 miles

hiking
10 months ago

Copper to Wheeler Trail to CT/CDT to Peak 6/7 saddle. 99% clear of snow and good to go.

Mon Jul 23 2018

Tough ascents and descents but well worth the time and pain.

hiking
Sun Sep 24 2017

this is a great early morning hike because it is very shady until you reach treeline. we ran into some snow so we weren't able to reach the ridge.

hiking
Sun Jun 25 2017

great hike but didn't make it as far as the ridge because of snow blocking the trail. did it from the Copper side which is quite steep.

Thu Jul 28 2016

hard but rewarding !

cross country skiing
Sat Oct 10 2015

Absolutely awesome. Hard to get to southernmost end of trail south of Breck - need 4WD. Beautiful breathtaking views and climbs. Hiked and ran and will definitely do it again.

Sat May 23 2015

Mountain biked from Breckenridge over Wheeler Pass to Copper Mountain years ago. One of the toughest things I've done. Huge elevation gains. Once above tree line it was surreal. All sorts of animals wandering around in the open. The down hill side was, God, please get me off this place in one piece and I'll never do something so stupid. BEAUTIFUL. Big time drops off trail. Trail width at times was a mere 6" wide. When we got down to Copper, it was, let's go do this again.

hiking
Sun May 02 2010

The whole trail is beautiful!! Lots of climbing,not much water,but awesome views the from beginning to end!!!

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

snowshoeing
Sat Dec 29 2018

hiking
Sun Jul 22 2018

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2018

hiking
Sun Jul 08 2018

hiking
Thu Jun 07 2018

hiking
Sat Jul 22 2017

hiking
Sat Jul 07 2012