Directions to Trail Head- Take I-15 to Ogden and exit 12th street head east toward Pineview through Ogden canyon. At 9.5 mi from I-15, the road will fork as you are coming out of the canyon. Just to the right, before road forks, there is a dirt road that dips down. This is the trailhead to the lower Wheeler trail (parking is limited). Parking is also available at the Art North trailhead. To go there, stay right at the aforementioned fork, proceed to Huntsville, take a right on Highway 226 then drive about 4 miles to Snow basin. Look for a dirt parking area on the right after descending steep hill where the road bends to the right at the bottom. This is it!
Lower Wheeler Creek,(1.8 mi one way) This segment of the Great Western Trail begins at trailhead immediately west of Pineview Dam, on the south side of Highway 39. It follows a dirt road called Art North Drive (after a former Forest Service employee, which is now partly washed out and closed to motorized traffic. The road follows the narrow canyon cut by Wheeler Creek, then narrows to a footpath which emerges at the Art North trailhead.
Upper Wheeler Creek, (up and back, 3.4 mi one way) This segment begins at the Art North trailhead. The path starts on the west side of the parking lot dropping down to Wheeler Creek and then starts to climb gradually to Maples campground.
East Fork Wheeler Creek, (up and back, 3 mi one way) From the Ard Nord trailhead, cross to the south side of the road and walk to the west about 50 yards until you see a trail heading south. After just a few feet this trail splits, with the incorrect but better beaten path heading straight into a stand of cottonwood trees. Take the fainter path up to the right , which soon levels off above, parallel and to the west of the creek. After about 1.5 mi, the trail reaches a large meadow. Here the path bends to the southwest and climbs up to a series of beaver ponds.
Middle Fork Wheeler Creek, (up and back, 1.2 mi) This is a little-used path that begins 1.4 mi west of the Art North trailhead on the Snow Basin road. The road makes a sharp turn and there is a pullout on the north side where you can park. Ride across the road to the south and look for the trail to the west of the creek. The faint path stays west of the creek for about ½ of a mile, then crosses just above a fork in the creek. From here the route continues southward. The trail is visable for the most part but will occasionally disappear in the meadows.
Trail Route Directions: Wheeler creek now makes a loop joining all the trails. Length is about 2 hours. From the Art Nord parking lot head southwest, cross the road to the trail. The trail has a mild climb toward the green pond trailhead. About 100 yards from the green pond trail head, there will be Y in the trail. Keep right and the trail continues, crosses the snowbasin road and meets up with the Wheeler creek trail. At the Wheeler creek trail, stay right and it will go back down to the Art Nord trailhead. If you go left it will go up to Snowbasin ski resort and the old Maples campground. Snowbasin is building more trails this year and next to build up to 20 miles. In this area most of the trail surface is dirt. There are a few places with lots of rocks, but they can be avoided. There are now several wooden bridges crossing the streams. On the north side along Wheeler creek there is a split in the trail. The south split goes across a complicated bridge, the north split fords the creek. Look fo > the brown plastic Forest Service trail markers and take the split that has the horse on the marker. More wooden trail markers are being put up all the time. It is wonderful for an evening ride. In the evenings, the bikers are few and the wildlife is plentiful. It's a great way to get away from the summer heat.