Wheeler Lake

The road to Wheeler Lake in CO is not for the faint of heart

Wheeler Lake is a high mountain lake at an elevation of 3.717m (12,194ft) above the sea level, located in Park County, in the U.S. state of Colorado. It’s one of the highest roads of Colorado. It is a difficult 4×4 trail.

Nestled in a high alpine valley in the Mosquito Range of the Rocky Mountains, the road to the awesome high altitude alpine lake surrounded by stunning granite peaks is totally unpaved. It’s called Pv32. The route is very rough, with large loose rocks and offers challenging terrain for experienced drivers. Avoid committing your vehicle to what is in front of you until you are sure of what you are getting into because things could get worse.

It is a difficult 4×4 trail. 4x4 vehicle with high clearance required. It cannot be accessed by ordinary passenger vehicles because the trail features 3 main obstacles. Accessibility is largely limited to the summer season. It is not generally snow-free until late June or even July in some years.

Tucked away in Pike National Forest, the drive is pretty steep, hitting an 18.2% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at the west end of the Montgomery Reservoir, near Magnolia Mill, the road to the lake is 4.82km (3.0 miles) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 373 meters. The average percentage is 7.73%.
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