Thursday, August 4, 2016

Hiking Wheeler Creek Trail - Ogden Canyon, Utah

Wheeler Creek Trail - Ogden Canyon, Utah
Someone suggested to us that the Wheeler Creek Trail in Ogden Canyon is a good hike, so we made an effort to get out to it. It's located near the Pineview Reservoir Dam right off of Highway 39. There is a small dirt parking area on the south side of the highway, plus a little more parking down a dirt drive. There is a sign along the highway to let you know you're at the right spot.

The trail is dirt. It's fairly wide, and slightly narrow in a couple of spots. There are some rough patches, but nothing a mountain bike or sports stroller couldn't handle. The trail slowly and constantly gains in elevation. It's a family-friendly hike.

The trail begins under the shade of trees. Not very far down the path the trees become a little less frequent and the view becomes more open. There are some cliffs and rock formations that add interest to the scenery.
Pineview Art - Ogden Canyon, Utah
Wheeler Creek sits down a somewhat steep hill to the east. There are some short trails here and there that take you to the water. We made our way to the creek at the base of a small waterfall. We sat on a fallen tree that rested in the creek bed, dipping our feet in the cold water. 

The trail goes a long ways up. There's a loop you can take, or you can eventually go all the way to the Snowbasin Ski Resort. We only went about a mile-and-a-half down. It was a hot day. Once the weather cools a little we'll try to make it further along. It's a popular trail, and there are lots of bicyclists.

The Wheeler Creek Trail offers good sights and a fairly easy trek. It's a good option for families since the trail isn't too difficult. You don't have to go to the end--hike as far as you want and then turn around. Three miles round trip was plenty or us on a hot July day. 
Wasatch Mountains In Ogden Canyon - Ogden Canyon, Utah
Fallen Tree Over Wheeler Creek - Ogden Canyon, Utah
Cliffs In Ogden Canyon - Ogden Canyon, Utah
Rocky Peaks In Ogden Canyon - Ogden Canyon, Utah
Brush & Rocky Cliff Wall - Ogden Canyon, Utah
Tree, Creekside - Ogden Canyon, Utah
Summer Vegetation In Ogden Canyon - Ogden Canyon, Utah
Red Bicycle Rider - Ogden Canyon, Utah

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