The Wheeler Creek Trail is a popular trail close to Ogden. It's 5.3 miles long, with 1300 vertical of total climbing. The trail melts out in mid spring. It can be ridden by late April to early May, and in virtually any weather. The upper section becomes snow-free by early June.
The first section is easy for beginners; the upper trail is intermediate in technical requirement. The lower portion of the trail is also very popular with hikers and dogs, so wild downhilling is strongly discouraged.
A bit of history: The lower portion of the trail -- the part along Wheeler Creek in the canyon -- used to be called the Wheeler Trail. Meantime, the upper three miles was called the Maples Trail because it ended at the (now abandoned) Maples Campground. Grizzled old riders and locals may still use these names.
Icebox Canyon is a fun singletrack for upper-intermediate or better riders. There are some steep spots, and a bit of loose rock near the top. There are also some sections with fairly large embedded boulders.
The second 3.6 miles is dirt singletrack through aspens, oak brush, and meadows. This section begins at the Art Nord Trailhead and ends on the doubletrack portion of the Ogden Canyon Overlook trail . There are some rocky loose sections at first, but if you hang on, the upper couple of miles are plush riding!
At mile 1.5, the Middle Fork trail forks uphill to the left. Keep straight.
At mile 3.6, the singletrack ends on dirt road. To the left is the Ogden Canyon Overlook trail; to the right the doubletrack goes 0.6 miles to Snowbasin parking and access to the Snowbasin (Maples/Needles/Green Pond) singletrack.
12 miles, 1600 vertical. With Wheeler, 15 miles and 2100 vertical. Loops
up through Snowbasin.
East Fork Loop. 6 miles, 800 vertical. With Wheeler, 10 miles and 1300 vertical. Mid-altitude ride.
Ogden Canyon Overlook. 5.4 miles, 900 vertical.
Sardine Peak. 12 miles, 1900 vertical.
Art Nord: For Art Nord (recommended, bathrooms), keep straight (R) at the dam, then 2.7 miles later, turn R on U-226. Go another 3.6 miles and turn R into the Art Nord trailhead.
Snowbasin: From US-89, turn east to take I-84 up Weber Canyon. Take the Huntsville/Pineview exit and turn left under the freeway, then right to continue up the canyon. About a mile later, follow the signs to turn left towards Huntsville on U-167. At 6.8 miles after leaving I-84, turn left on U-226 and follow the road to the main resort. Go left to the big parking area. The dirt road behind the gate takes you to the trail.