Wheeler Creek Trail heads up Wheeler Creek Canyon between the Wheeler Creek Trailhead at the top of Ogden Canyon and the Art Nord Trailhead in Snowbasin. It is a great place to hike, mountain bike or ride horses. You can also combine this hike with beautiful Icebox Canyon, either as a five mile moderate hike starting at this trailhead or an easier and shorter loop from the Art Nord trailhead.
Wheeler Creek Trailhead
The Wheeler Creek Trailhead is located near the southwest corner of Pineview Reservoir. 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.
Be sure to turn around periodically for the views!
As we were walking back down we noticed what looked like a cave high on the canyon walls across from us. Can you see it?
The path is just a gravel one-lane road, but the views looking below and above are beautiful.
When you are a little over a mile into the hike, you can look to the right and see a bridge that is the entrance to Icebox Canyon. If you want more about that click here.
There are lots of wildflowers along the higher section of the trail.
These are looking back near the top of the trail.
When you get to the Art Nord Trailhead there are pit toilets, a parking lot and some signs describing the area and Art Nord’s contributions to the area.
The meadow view from this section is beautiful!
If you want a really pretty addition to your hike, turn right and continue along the Upper Wheeler Creek Trail and the into Icebox Canyon to return to the lower section of Wheeler Canyon. That description is here or you could just turn around and return the way you came.
During the winter this trail is also popular for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Stats: Distance – 3.8 miles there and back
Approximate hiking time – 1-3 hours
Elevation gain – 850 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At Art Nord trailhead
Seasons to hike – Year Round
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes