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Gore Range to Wheeler Lakes

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 4.2 (6) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Amazing wildflowers and meadows lead to sub-alpine lakes.


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7.1

Miles

11.4

KM

Out and Back

11,079' 3,377 m

High

9,682' 2,951 m

Low

1,423' 434 m

Up

1,423' 434 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

26%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Geological Significance · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Though marred by an initial hike near the highway, this turns into an excellent outing of only moderate difficulty.

Description

From the trailhead (or the parking lot at Copper Mountain, which is slight closer to the nice start of the trail), follow the path along the highway until you head up the pleasantly forested hill.

You quickly enter a slight canyon and the highway noises disappear, and you pass the official wilderness boundary. Continue past small meadows and forest on the Gore Range Trail #60 for 3 miles. Be sure to admire the bountiful lupine and other wilderflowers.

Take a right at the Wheeler Lakes Trail #60.1A junction and enjoy expansive meadows just filled with flowers in late July through early August. The section is mostly flat and very pleasant. Enjoy visiting both lakes and peek views of the Gore Range.

Flora & Fauna

Some of the better wilderflowers in the area - particularly if you like lupine.

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Chelsea Lilly

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  4.2 from 6 votes

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Wildflowers in front of one of the Wheeler Lakes
Jul 29, 2020 near Copper…, CO
At terminus of the Wheeler Lakes portion, looking towards Lake Dillon.
Jun 29, 2022 near Copper…, CO
Fields of Lupine
Jul 29, 2020 near Copper…, CO
More and more wild lupine.
Jul 29, 2020 near Copper…, CO
Remarkable wildflowers in late July
Jul 29, 2020 near Copper…, CO
Copper Mountain and the 10 Mile Range
Jul 29, 2020 near Copper…, CO

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Jun 28, 2022
Chelsea Lilly
Fabulous hike for an afternoon or quick overnight. Lots of uphill but not too much. There weren't many people on the trail that day so nice and quiet. 13.5mi — 5h 59m
Aug 26, 2021
Brandi Violetta
Jul 3, 2021
Mike Tozier
Dec 13, 2020
Stephen Pack
Aug 8, 2020
Evan Djikas
nice little bouldering problem once you get to the lake. 5.5mi — 3h 00m
Jul 29, 2020
Nick Wilder
7mi