Wheeler Pass Trail is a 13.4 mile 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.

Length13.4 miElevation gain4,734 ftRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyCross-country skiingHikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingSnowshoeingBird watchingrunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockySnow
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Colorado Tourism Office, 1625 Broadway, Suite 1700 , Denver, CO, 80202, Phone: 800-COLORADO

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.

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Pamela Sherbrooke
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Joseph Henriksen
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Nice trail but hard to get good views with all the trees.

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Justin Higgs
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I hiked up from the Copper Mountain side and combined the Wheeler Pass, Miner’s Trail and Tenmile Traverse to make a loop with over 5,000 ft of elevation gain encompassing Peaks 4-8. Here are some tips: 1). Park in the East Copper Mountain overflow lot if accessing from the Copper Mountain side. 2). Wheeler Pass trail is primarily a mountain bike trail - best traveled East-to-West. The upper 1.5 miles West of the Pass is advanced. Very narrow in places with a few drops. 3). Below the 1.5 mile mark, the trail is wider and more forgiving but there are currently couple of trees blocking the trail. Wheeler Pass and Miners trail are moderate hiking trails if making the loop. None of the peaks are difficult but the total elevation gain is no joke if you opt to make a loop. My original plan was to traverse to Peak 10 but opted to bail because winds really kicked up (40+ mph) around mid-day.

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Josh Cropper
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Are the directions accurate on here to start from Breckenridge?

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Brian English
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We hiked from Copper to the ridge and back along Wheeler Trail. The ridge was about 4.7 miles from the gas station. It would be better to park in Far East lot and take the bridge to the trail. There was approximately 3000 ft of gentle climb, so it took effort but wasn’t exhausting. The trail is mostly wooded and crosses several avalanche chutes. The trail opens up about 0.7 miles below the ridge with some thin paths over decent side slopes. The wildflowers were blooming in thick patches. Views toward Leadville, Copper, and Vail Pass were great for a cloudy day. There were clouds rolling in from Breck which made for interesting effects against peak 9. This should be a good place to continue a long hike along the ridge to Peak 4 and the miners trail for a loop or down to Breck for a ride back to Copper.

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Matthew Edwards
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Mountain biking

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.

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Julia P.
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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

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

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

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Lee Anne Kegel
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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.

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Lee Anne Kegel
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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.

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Richard Crist
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hard but rewarding !

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Wendy Segrest
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Cross-country skiing

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.

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Ray Randall
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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.

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

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Petra Vítová
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Blake Proffitt
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Katie Winemiller
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Katie Winemiller
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Howard Bellowe
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M WOLFE
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Ella Nichols
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Jana Gendron
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Jeff Stevens
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Eric Suess
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Mary Fisher
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Howard Bellowe
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Michael Justus
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Corinne Creighton
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