Copper Mountain, CO
At the south end of the Gore Range are Wheeler Lakes, which lie inside the Eagles Nest Wilderness. Named for Judge John Wheeler who established an 1880s town that was destroyed by fire and avalanche, Wheeler Lakes offer a great day-hike convenient to Interstate 70. The judge’s ill-fated town rests under Copper Mountain Ski Resort. Well over 80 species of wildflowers populate the trail, which journeys through varied habitats and landscape and ends with lakeside bloomers. The beginning of the trail travels adjacent to the freeway, and then the Gore Range Trail heads up a south-facing slope, alternating between dry and moist habitats. Wheeler Lakes are reached via extensive meadows preceding a gentler final ascent. Wildflower Alert: A great diversity of flora and scenery give this convenient trail an edge.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Nearby City||Copper Mountain|
|Season||Bloom is early July to August|
|Top Elevation||11,050 ft|
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