October 31, 2021 1 min read

Popular offroad trail to high-mountain lake.

Trail climbs up beautiful valley to high mountain lake with waterfall. Pass directly under historic Magnolia Mill. Gorgeous seasonal wildflowers. Fun during early-season runoff. Take a fishing pole.

Rating

DIFFICULT

Several large rock obstacles. Very narrow in spots with tight brush that can scratch paint, especially when squeezing by other vehicles. Water rushes down the trail during early season snow melt. Although we cannot recommend this trail for stock SUVs, more aggressive models can do it.

The trail to Wheeler Lake features seasonal wildflowers, sweeping mountain views, waterfalls, and mining relics from the Montgomery ghost town. There is very little shade on the trail itself, but there is plenty of access to the Middle Fork of the South Platte River along the way where more tree coverage is present.

Blaine Koker-Tatalovich
Blaine Koker-Tatalovich


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