Wheeler Creek, Icebox Canyon, and Art Nord Loop create a beautiful hike with mountains, rivers, meadows, and wildflowers near Ogden, Utah.
Wheeler Creek Trailhead
The Wheeler Creek Trailhead is located near the southwest corner of Pineview Reservoir and is near Snowbasin Ski Resort. It is a great place to hike, mountain bike or ride horses.
Just before Pineview dam at the top of Ogden Canyon, there is a turn off with parking and a short dirt road that allows for additional parking.
There is sun exposure in the middle of the day, but it’s more shaded by the canyon walls early or late in the day. Wheeler Creek is flowing down below to the left of the trail.
The canyon walls here are impressive and imposing.
When you are a little over a mile into the hike, you can look to the right and see a bridge that is near the beginning of the next section: Icebox Canyon.
Soon you will see the sign and there head right down the hill into icebox canyon. Icebox Canyon is close to the creek and feels a few degrees cooler than the rest of the hike. It is also mostly shaded.
After a bit you’ll have a pretty section of the river right next to the trail.
You’ll cross a few more bridges and go through more of beautiful Icebox Canyon before you have to make the inevitable hill back up. Either direction there will be a hill, since Icebox Canyon is lower than the the rest of the hike.
After you get to the top of the hill there is a straight path for a bit. You can see a tiny bit of Mount Ogden at the top of Snowbasin Ski Resort.
Be sure to look back in the direction you came!
Upper Wheeler Creek Trail
When you get to the sign you see that you will want to turn left slightly downhill to the next section. On the sign it says Art Nord which is the name of the next trailhead. This this section of the trail is called the Upper Wheeler Creek Trail and roughly parallels the Old Snowbasin Road.
Now the trail will have a few aspens and a bridge and then open up into a meadow with gorgeous views. We all agreed it would be a great place for family photos!
There are a few sections of scrub oak to provide a a little shade, but most of this section offers these expansive views.
As you get near the end of this section looking straight ahead and a bit to the left you can see part of the damage from July 2021’s Art Nord forest fire. Luckily it was put out quickly, but you can see how close it was to consuming some of the homes on the ridge. Please follow the fire safety guidelines and prevent wildfires. Off to the left are more beautiful mountain views!
Art Nord Trailhead
The Art Nord Trailhead has pit toilets, a parking lot and a few signs that explain about the area and the work Arthur (Art) Nord did to preserve it. If you want to just do the shorter triangular path, you can park at this trailhead instead.
Wheeler Creek Trail
Turn left at the Art Nord Trailhead. You’ll get another view of a meadow with mountains behind and then walk back along the Wheeler Creek.
There are lots of wildflowers along this section of the trail.
Then you will return to the place you originally turned off to go to Icebox Canyon.
As we were walking down we noticed what looked like a cave high on the canyon walls across from us. Can you see it?
Of course this could also be done in reverse: stay on Wheeler Creek Trail to the Art Nord Trailhead, take Upper Wheeler Creek Trail and then through Icebox Canyon back to Wheeler Creek Trail.
As an alternate you can park at the Art Nord Trailhead and do a 3.4 mile loop without as much of Wheeler Canyon.
During the winter this trail is also popular for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Stats: Distance – 5.3 mile loop (used to be 4.7, but they’ve added switchbacks)
Approximate hiking time – 2-4 hours
Elevation gain – 879 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At trailhead
Seasons to hike – April – October (can be done with equipment in winter)
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes