Wagon Wheel Trail is a fun little piece of trail that descends rapidly from Swall Meadows Rd. until it connects with Lower Rock Creek Rd. As the name suggests, it used to be an old wagon trail that has deteriorated over the years. It can get loose and sandy in sections. There are also extended sections of slickrock and various rock gardens that make this very fun on a full suspension rig. Not many people climb it, but if youre a climber who likes some technical challenge with a bunch of fun slickrock step-ups, give it a shot both ways.
Most people connect it with the Sand Canyon Trail
to add a little more descending and mileage. Since its only 2 miles, and its over pretty quickly, its not usually ridden on its own. Its often gets overlooked by the nearby Lower Rock Creek Trail
, but if youre shuttling LRC, its worth it to hit Wagon Wheel either before or after since you drive right by it.
Difficulty: Intermediate/advanced descending skills required. Some technical rock gardens and sandy sections.
Time of Year: Late Spring (once snow melts off), Summer and Fall sometimes rideable during Winter as well, depending on snow pack.
Terrain/Conditions: Mostly singletrack, with some deteriorated doubletrack.
Access: Heading south on Lower Rock Creek Road (also called Old Sherwin Grade on some maps), turn right on Swall Meadows Rd. Drive approximately 0.15 miles and there will be a dirt pullout on your left. The trail starts here. It is unsigned.
Bike Recommendation: Full-Suspension MTB is best, but hardtail will work as well, or a fat bike, plus bike, etc