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This hike was way prettier than I had anticipated! It is short but the ruins are great for photo ops and keep the trail interesting. I went mid/late September and it was very green and there were a lot of wildflowers. The leaves were just starting to change color. There is also a small stream. Wish I could have hung out longer to explore some of the other trails. There were also deer nearby.

My husband and I explored the wheeler area on September 16 2017, we drove the 16 mile 4x4 road in our 2007 Chevy silverado. We made it fine. The road was very long and lots of mud puddles and places where there lots of rocks. It look us 2 1/2 hours to reach the trailhead where we camped in a tent for the night. Beautiful area but there is alot of dead trees due to beetles. We hiked the 2 mile loop . The views are amazing! The formations will make you wonder if you are still on planet earth. It was well worth the time and discomfort of the long rough road to get there! We saw a couple vehicles with flat tires so make sure you have a spare and don't attempt to drive this road without 4 wheel drive. I would of given it 5 stars if it weren't so hard to get to.

22 hours ago

Trip report 9/15/2017. Nice quiet trail in a Ponderosa forest. If you are looking for aspen- this isn't your trail. I think moderate is a fair description- some place were a little tricky for my 70 yr old mother, but otherwise pretty easy. Likely gets packed on the weekend. The had a sign up indicating bear country. Overall, nice trail if you want a walk in the woods. Nice views of the South Platte River.

23 hours ago

Really nice little hike.

Enjoyed all the historic information that was provided.

road biking
23 hours ago

The views of the canyon walls are so gorgeous and everyone seemed so friendly. We stopped and hiked Hanging Lake before going to Bain Ranch and turning around. It was a perfect addition for an all day adventure.

Pretty trail, fairly easy but we didn't get to finish due to thunderstorm.

Hiked last Saturday- beautiful trail and great for energetic dogs. Also saw a moose which was pretty cool!

very gradual uphill. rewarding view

1 day ago

It's a good workout. I love water hikes and this doesn't have any water but it does have great views at the top along with surprises left near the trail. The warning sign is appropriate for bikers, skilled bikers only.

This was a great first hike to get used to the elevation for an East Coast hiker. Breathtaking views!

Awesome hike and great views. Would definitely recommend an early start if you are going all the way to the lake. Beautiful aspens and well groomed trails.

Great view!

I would not consider this trail easy. There is a quick elevation gain, but the view from the top is amazing.