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Quick Facts

Wheeler National Recreation Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,000 Feet (3428.9 Meters) approximate, at McCullough Gulch
Difficulty: More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 3,900 Feet (1215.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,700 Feet (3023.7 Meters) approximate, at Copper Mountain
High Point: 12,300 Feet (3834.2 Meters) approximate
Length: 10.0 Miles (16.1 Kilometers)
Usage: Light
USGS Maps: Breckenridge and Cooper Mountain




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General Description

The Wheeler National Recreation Trail leads from McCullough Gulch, south of Breckenridge, over the Tenmile Range to Copper Mountain. It can be accessed from either end, or from the Spruce Creek or Crystal Trails.

From the McCullough Gulch trailhead, the trail climbs sharply for approximately 1 mile. From the ridge top, the trail then descends through an old burn area for 1.5 miles. At this point the trail drops steeply into Spruce Creek, crosses the creek and the Spruce Creek Road. Follow the aqueduct for 200 yards, watching for the sign as the trail reenters the woods. Walk gradually upward until crossing Crystal Creek. Continue across the 4 WD road and switch back up the side of Peak 10. The trail then levels out before dropping into the basin below Peaks 9 and 10. From here you see the Tenmile Range and the Blue River drainage from Breckenridge to Silverthorne. The trail crosses a 4 WD road and heads up to the saddle between Peaks 8 and 9. The pass offers an excellent view of the Tenmile, Gore and Sawatch Ranges. The trail drops down the side of the range toward Copper Mountain from here. Just after crossing a small creek, the Miners Creek Trail heads off to the right. After 2 miles, the trail crosses Tenmile Creek on a foot bridge and ends in a parking area on the east side of Highway 91 at Copper Mountain Ski Area.

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.

Directions from Copper Mountain: From the I-70 Copper Mountain Exit, #195, turn toward Copper Mountain. Just beyond the I-70 interchange, turn left into the Wheeler Flats trailhead.

Directions from Vail: Travel 19 miles east on I-70 to the Copper Mountain exit, #195 and turn toward Copper Mountain. Just beyond the I-70 interchange, turn left into the Wheeler Flats trailhead.

Directions from Beaver Creek: Travel 28 miles east on I-70 to the Copper Mountain exit, #195 and turn toward Copper Mountain. Just beyond the I-70 interchange, turn left into the Wheeler Flats trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: Summer through Fall .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 1999-06-22 18:17:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Wheeler and connecting trails.
ICON Hiking & Walking Wheeler and connecting trails.
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding The Wheeler Trail is recommended for horse use.
Yes



Related Activities
Breckenridge General Forest Area - The Breckenridge General Forest Area includes the area around the town of Breckenridge.

Crystal Trail - The Crystal Trail is located south of Breckenridge. It leads to Upper Crystal Lake.

Miners Creek Trail - Miners Creek trail stretches from Frisco, up along the top of the Tenmile Range, then down to Copper Mountain. It can be accessed at either end.

Spruce Creek Trail (Dillon Ranger District) - The Spruce Creek Trail south of Breckenridge, leads to Upper Mohawk Lake.



More Information

Visitor Information:

Summit County Chamber of Commerce, 011 S. Summit Blvd. , Frisco, CO, 80443, Phone: 800-530-3099, Fax: 970-668-1515

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