"The Wheeler Lakes Trail, which leads summer and winter users up to the high alpine lakes, is difficult both physically and because it requires navigating through deep snows with minimal trail markings. It’s a trail that should only be attempted by advanced skiers or snowshoers. If you are out of shape, not an expert skier or snowshoer, and don’t possess excellent backcountry skills, you may want to try an easier trail first!" Read more
"You will be hiking on the Gore Range Trail, which winds its way through the Eagles Nest Wilderness. The Gore Range, Gore Creek, and other landmarks bearing that name derive from Irish baronet Sir St. George Gore who hunted in the Rockies in the 1850s. The story goes that he traveled in real style and was served meals on fine bone china and drank vintage wine from crystal goblets. The Gore Range Trail extends north for about 50 miles to south of View of Copper Mountain ski runs from the turnoff to Kremmling. Its southern terminus is at Copper Mountain. This southern section is also known as the Wheeler Trail, which leads to the two charming Wheeler Lakes. The lakes, like the Wheeler Trail and Wheeler Flats (the area around Copper Mountain), are named for John S. Wheeler, who arrived in Colorado in 1859 with other gold prospectors. Eventually he moved to Summit County and established a hay ranch in the meadow that is now Copper Mountain Ski Resort." Read more
"This trail to the top of Wheeler Pass (unofficial name) is the Wheeler National Recreation Trail. The Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail follow part of the same route. It climbs steadily at about a 15 percent grade through spruce-fir and lodgepole forest on the west slope of the Tenmile Range. The tundra flowers bloom brilliantly in July. From the ridge of the Tenmile Range, you can view the upper Blue River valley, the town of Breckenridge, the Breckenridge Ski Area, and the scars of mining days. Views of the Gore Range, Copper Mountain, and the Front Range are fabulous! In 1879, Judge John S. Wheeler purchased 320 acres, now part of Copper Mountain Resort, and started a hay ranch. The next year silver miners arrived, and the ranch became a town known by various names: Wheeler ’s Ranch, Wheeler Station, Wheeler’s, Wheeler, and Wheeler Junction. Wheeler Junction prospered with a hotel, saloons, a post office, and several sawmills. In 1884 the Colorado & Southern Railroad finished laying tracks to Wheeler Junction on the east side of Tenmile Creek. Their railroad station at Wheeler was named Solitude Station. On the other side of the creek, the Denver &Rio Grande railroad had their line with a station called Wheeler’s." Read more
"This trail to the top of Wheeler Pass (the unofficial name) is part of both the Wheeler National Recreational Trail and the Colorado Trail. It climbs steadily through sprucefir and lodgepole forests on the western slope of the Tenmile Range.
Views of the Gore Range, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, French Gulch, and the Front Range are fabulous! Because this trail goes to a ridge above tree line, be sure to get an early start to avoid afternoon thunder and lightning storms." Read more
"This trail to the top of Wheeler Pass (unofficial name) is part of both the Wheeler National Recreational Trail and the Colorado Trail. It climbs steadily through spruce-fir and lodgepole forest on the western slope of the Tenmile Range. Views of the Gore Range, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, French Gulch, and the Front Range are fabulous! Because this trail goes to a ridge above treeline, be sure to get an early start to avoid afternoon thunder and lightning storms." Read more
"Wind through lodgepole pine and aspen forest then climb through thick spruce-fir forest and flower-filled meadows to a pair of small but beautiful lakes that reflect the Colorado sky and surrounding woods. The trail sports a few steep spots and some mucky areas (after a good rain), but Wheeler Lakes are worth the effort. This hike starts on the southern part of the Gore Range Trail, which traverses to the east side of the range then contours north along the base of the rugged mountains. The hike description takes you to the first lake, but you can continue on to the nearby second lake if you have time. Enjoy exploring this pretty area." Read more