Wheeler Creek Trail - Cache National Forest

Looking toward Mount Ogden on the Wheeler Creek Middle-Fork Trail.


The trail starts below Pineview Reservoir on the south side of the highway. From the gate, the trail follows Wheeler Creek on a closed service road. Wheeler Creek seems to be in a hurry to leave the mountain as you start your climb above the raging water. About a mile into the hike there is a split in the trail for Icebox Canyon. The canyon calls out to you to choose this route first, but itís better to wait and drop into the canyon from the other side. Follow the Art Nord Trail and take the next trail split for Wheeler Creek Middle-Fork, which runs near the old road to Snowbasin. As you travel west, you will see open rolling hills with beautiful Mount Ogden in the distance. You will cross two small footbridges on the Middle-Fork, then the trail splits right for Icebox Canyon. As you drop into the canyon you are about 30 feet above the canyon floor. The trail snakes its way down to the bottom of this tree-filled wonderland. If this is natureís icebox, it's filled with everything you are looking for. Enjoy the feast! Word of caution: Avalanches periodically occur in Wheeler Canyon to Art Nord. Check avalanche conditions before you go.

Getting there: From Ogden, take the Highway 39 up Ogden Canyon and park below the dam. The trail starts on the right-hand side.


-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Northern Utah

Destination: Loop trail to view Mt. Ogden and Icebox Canyon

Distance: 4.75 miles

Time: 3 hours

Elevation Gain: 796 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes (at Art Nord parking lot)

Biking: N/A

GPS Location: 41.2543868, -111.8438281

Difficulty: 3


First published 2006-02-09