SNOWSHOEING WHEELER CREEK
from the Maples to Ogden Canyon
February 2011 - 46 photos


On February 5th, 2011, we did another snowshoe hike. With me were my daughter Cheryl, her friend Shanae, Shanae's mother Denise, and my friend Don. This one was from Snowbasin Ski Resort over into the Maples picnic area, then down along Wheeler Creek through Ice Box Canyon, and Wheeler Creek Canyon to Ogden Canyon. The trail sign says the distance is 5.2 miles, but we didn't always follow the trail, taking shortcuts through the trees. We ended up doing about 4 and 3/4 miles according to my GPS, and descended 1,545 feet.


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Cheryl, Denise, Shanae, Don, and me, at the Maples end of Wheeler Creek Trail.

Up at Snow basin when we started out the wind was blowing pretty hard, but we hoped that it would be less once we started down the canyons, and fortunatly it was. Also the day started out quite cloudy, but once we started the sun came out and the sky was nice over us, even though there were dark clouds to the south, west, and east. We had a nice walk and great day all the way down.

Along the way, we stopped at the Wheeler Creek Snow Yurt for lunch and met a group from Davis County who were snowshoeing up the trail. One of the guys in the group was someone that had started writing me from my webpages, William Barba. He wrote in one his emails, that maybe someday we would meet out on the trails, and what do you know, we did. I have met a lot of people through my webpages who started writing me, and I have been fortunate enough to meet some of them in person out hiking or biking.

William also has a great website, Utah Outdoor Sports


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Snowbasin's Wheeler Creek Snow Yurt, where we stopped for lunch.

After we finished lunch at the Snow Yurt, we decided to go cross country more in line with Wheeler Creek. The actual trail runs up closer to the old Snowbasin Road, and is a bit longer. Some of the area we went through was scrub oak thickets, making the going kind of rough, and we also had to cross a lot of small streams that were just thin open lines, or snow crevasses. We quickly found that if you didn't jump far enough, you fell in. When we finally got back on the trail down through Ice Box Canyon, the trail was packed solid and most of us took our snowshoes off. With cleats on the bottom of snowshoes, it can hurt your feet after a while walking on hard surfaces. Farther on we kind of regretted it, when going down a steep part that was iced up, some fell down, sliding to the bottom.

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Going down into Ice Box Canyon


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