Wheeler Ranch Trail

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16.9 km
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625 m
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Wheeler Ranch Trail

The Wheeler Ranch Trail is a relatively undiscovered hiking route in the foothills of the Wind River Range. Explore a swathe of wilderness occupied by mixed-pine woodlands, lush meadows, seasonal creeks, and of course, wildlife.

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Treat yourself to a tranquil adventure on the Wheeler Ranch Hike. This incredible trail offers motivating views of the Wind River Mountains commanding the skyline as you explore the foothills. While the exposed terrain along the route offers great views, it also warrants extremely hot conditions in the summer months, so wear SPF and pack plenty of water! Like all types of exploration in the area, it is important to be mindful of bears, so we encourage at least one person in your party to carry bear spray!

Your journey along the Wheeler Ranch Trail begins from the trailhead off East Fork Cottonwood Road. While signposted, the trail is overgrown in sections, so consider using the trail GPS to easily navigate the route. Heading northeastward, the path will gently climb through meadows and into a stand of mixed pines. For the entirety of the hike, you will be woven through exposed terrain, and shaded forests adorned with granite outcrops– mind your footing on the uneven terrain.

After some hiking, Aspen Butte and Chimney Butte will become visible in the west and the Twin Butte in the north. You will ultimately reach the trail’s end at the intersection with the Lowline Trail. Take the time to revel in the view of the snow-dusted granite crests in the east. When you are through appreciating the scenery, head back the way you came to the trailhead.

Getting There

The Wheeler Ranch Trail is accessed via East Fork Cottonwood Road.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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