Monday, May 16, 2016

Icebox Canyon via Wheeler Creek

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Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
This weekend was the first official "Hike Like a Girl" weekend, so I grabbed a few girlfriends (and our dogs!) and we hiked The Wheeler Creek Trail to Icebox Canyon. Hike Like a Girl weekend is a national event sponsored by the African American Nature & Parks Experience for all women to get outdoors, meet other awesome ladies, enjoy nature, and show unity in numbers. To showcase what hike you did and who you hiked with, they encourage you to plaster social media with #hikeLAG on Instagram and Twitter photos. 



For our group hike, we ventured out to Ogden, Utah, for a 5 mile loop hike that starts at Wheeler Creek, cuts through Icebox Canyon, the Art Nord meadow near Snowbasin, then back through Wheeler Creek. The weather was perfect - it seems summer has finally arrived in Utah, as the temperature was about 85F. This is a popular trail for mountain bikers, families, dogs playing in the stream, and those looking to take visitors on a nice, scenic, easy hike.

Icebox Canyon is really well shaded, follows a stream, crosses several bridges, and loops by a really pretty meadow with Snowbasin Ski Resort as the backdrop. This trail offers a little of everything!

From SLC, head north on I-15 and take the exit for HWY 89. Stay on this until you drive under I-84, then turn Right onto Harrison Blvd. Drive about 6.5 miles, then turn right again on Canyon Road (you'll see Smith's on the left side right before you turn). Drive another 6 miles in the canyon, and look for the Wheeler Creek TH sign pointing right, onto Art Nord Drive. If you drive past the reservoir, you've gone too far. Drive down to the gate to park, or if that is full, park near the turn off sign near the main road. There are no restrooms at the TH. Here's a driving map.

Distance: 5 miles (loop)
Elevation gain: 800 ft
Time: 2-4 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash (beware of bikers)
Kid friendly? Yes
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Official TH.
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The trail is very wide for all of Wheeler Creek trail, and it mostly exposed. Beware of bikers flying down this trail!
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At about 1 mile, look for the trail split on your right for Icebox Canyon, and take this down the hill.
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Cross bridge #1.
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The stream was flowing really fast. 
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 As you hike into Icebox Canyon, the trail becomes a single track trail, is very well shaded, and follows the stream closer, which is nice for the dogs to play in and cool off.
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Work your way over bridge #2, then up the only switchback.
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Cross bridge #3. After this bridge crossing, you won't be near the stream again for another mile, so bring water for your dogs for this section of the trail.
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 One small steep, rocky section.
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 At the next trail split, veer left, down the hill. If you go right, it takes you closer to Snowbasin.
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Cross bridge #4.
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Time to plaster social media with our awesome pack picture! This is actually my favorite spot along the loop because this meadow is so pretty!
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 I love this spot! The backdrop of Snowbasin is gorgeous!
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Continue on the trail, and you will hike right by the road to Snowbasin. 
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Walking through another open meadow. It was SO green!
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Cross bridge #6! Just after this bridge look for the small trail leading left and take that - it will put you back on the Wheeler Creek trail.
Hiking Icebox Canyon, Wheeler Creek trail, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Back on Wheeler Creek trail. Follow this trail until you reach your car, making a nice loop.
Shooting Star Saloon, Huntsville, Utah
 After our hike, we headed over to Huntsville, Utah (10 minutes from the Wheeler Creek TH), to the Shooting Star Saloon. They have amazing burgers! Be sure to get the Shooting Star Ale too - very tasty if you like Amber beers. The service was extremely slow - it took 1.5 HOURS to get our burgers. After hiking we were very hungry, and it just seemed forever. We probably should have left, but we made the best of it and just chatted. However, the wait was worth it - the burgers are the best in the area. I would recommend getting there when it opens so you don't have to wait so long.
Shooting Star Saloon, Huntsville, Utah
We couldn't complain too much, since they actually let us bring our dogs out to the patio. The dogs were hot, so we put them under the tables to have shade. The inside of the saloon is kind of dark and musty, so we were glad the patio was open this time of year. The first time I went here I was a little intimidated by all the bikers, but it's really not a problem. We're all there for the same reason - burgers!
Wheeler Creek, Icebox Canyon trail map
 Trail map looking North. You can hike this loop in either direction (clockwise or counter clockwise), but I prefer counter clockwise.
Wheeler Creek, Icebox Canyon trail map
Map looking West.


3 comments:

  1. What a great idea to get more people out on the trail:)

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  2. This hike was perfect for 55 and 62 year old women! It has been my favorite hike so far! Your instructions were wonderful and I LOVE your web-site!

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    1. Awesome, glad you gals had a fun time! And Thank you! -Alicia

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