Wagon Wheel Trail #2049


The Wagon Wheel trail begins at Forest Road #644 north of Heart Lake and ends at Coffee Pot Road #600. The trail leads through an open meadow with spruce and fir on either side down to Wagonwheel Creek in a northwesterly direction.Cross the creek and the trail will turn to follow the creek down the valley into a meadow, be sure to look for the rock cairns that mark the trail through the meadow.Eventually the creek descends rapidly into a canyon of spruce/fir forest and the trail follows from the slope above.While crossing the steep slope beautiful views of Wagonwheel Creek and Shingle Peak are in the distance. The trail will descend through aspen, and then spruce and fir, descending steeply until it ends at Budges Resort.

* There is a printable Recreation Quicksheet for this trail which is complete with directions, a map, details, and other information about this trail. Or to see quicksheets for other recreation areas across the Forest, click on the "Recreation Quicksheets" link in the right column and select the appropriate Ranger District.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: See Flat Tops Wilderness Regulations
Closest Towns: Dotsero
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)

General Information

Directions: Travel 13 miles west of Eagle on I-70 to the Dotsero exit and follow the signs for Sweetwater/ Burns by turning north, right, onto the Colorado River Rd.After 1.7 miles take a right onto Coffee Pot Rd., FDR 600 and follow this road for 27 miles.Take a left onto FDR 601, towards Heart Lake, and travel for 1.5 miles to the fork of FDR 601 and FDR 640, stay to the right on FDR 640, beyond this point it is 4-wheel drive only.After 2 miles take a right onto Wagonwheel Rd., FDR 645Travel for 1.5 miles, cross a creek and make a right onto Dry Buck Loop, FDR 644.Stay to the left of the loop and the trailhead is 0.2 miles on the left at the unmarked jeep road.



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  Area/Length : 
4.6 miles

  Elevation : 
10788 - 9220