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wesintl
05-18-2011, 10:33 AM
Has anyone explored the wheeler geologic area? Looks like a cool area to explore with the family and camping. Maybe this summer if I have time

http://mtsrool.blogspot.com/2010/08/wheeler-geologic-area.html

treerootCO
05-18-2011, 10:51 AM
I have always wondered where that was.

Red_Chili
05-18-2011, 11:04 AM
That would make a neat weekend RS trip for a small group.

Jacket
05-18-2011, 11:04 AM
That place looks great. I'd be a haul to get down there for a weekend, but certainly seems worth it.

DaveInDenver
05-18-2011, 11:16 AM
Been back there a couple of times.

http://www.armbrusterweb.com/tripsfolder/longtripsfolder/swcofolder/swcopage.html

The drive in is not difficult, stock with pinstripes and bumper drags at most. My truck on 30" tires and no lockers made it fine. It's an interesting place.

BTW, the road and parking area are 100% within the La Garita Wilderness, so you are not allowed to pull off or truck camp. There is an old saw mill at the entrance to the road where you can camp and there's a nice USFS campground north on highway 149 near Creede where you can get to the river.

http://armbrusterweb.com/tripsfolder/longtripsfolder/swcofolder/files/page9_4.jpg http://armbrusterweb.com/tripsfolder/longtripsfolder/swcofolder/files/page9_2.jpg

If you drive up in the area, be sure to also check out the Slumgullion earth flow, which blocked the Lake Fork of the Gunnison, creating Lake San Cristobal. This is the 2nd largest natural lake in Colorado. This is along CO149 just south of Lake City.

http://armbrusterweb.com/tripsfolder/longtripsfolder/swcofolder/files/page9_5.jpg

Beater
05-18-2011, 11:46 AM
mmmm fishing

wesintl
05-18-2011, 03:17 PM
should have figured you'd been back there Dave. Most everyone that does ouray or the alpine loop should see the slumgullion flow.

I was thinking of entering the area from the other end or finding some roads from 114.

DaveInDenver
05-18-2011, 03:39 PM
should have figured you'd been back there Dave. Most everyone that does ouray or the alpine loop should see the slumgullion flow.

I was thinking of entering the area from the other end or finding some roads from 114.
The wilderness throws wrenches in that. Road #600 starting at roughly Trujillo Creek and Canyon Nieve is literally a corridor through, so one way in and out. Before this point, the road does split from Divide Park to the south and the road from Hanson Mill ruins parallels the boundary. The road up from Divide, that is a potential alternate from South Fork. AFAIK there's really no other way to drive to Wheeler that doesn't go through Creede or South Fork, though you can hike from the Saguache Creek side over Half Moon Pass. The campground on that side of the wilderness is Stone Cellar. This is a great trip, too, from Mexican Joe and Cochetopa.

Lars
05-18-2011, 04:09 PM
Dave it right, it's not a hard drive and ewell worth the trip. It's a haul down there, but to do wheeler and stoney pass ciniman pass etc would make for a great long weekend.

Lars
05-18-2011, 04:09 PM
There is also some great fishing doen there.

1997Runner
05-19-2011, 11:11 AM
Yes, that place is very cool. I was there 3 years ago & backpacked in from the Hanson Mill site (arrived in my 88 Civic). We camped out along the foot trail about 60% of the way to the geologic area. I plan to go back via the 4x4 trail now that we've got the 'runner. We saw no one on the whole 3 day trip.

We'll definitely have to also check out the Slumgullion Earth Flow this time!

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_Rb_8jg7EARo/SIdswXxFliI/AAAAAAAAAVM/2HK6df-lHts/s800/IMG_0796.jpg

Inukshuk
05-22-2011, 11:21 AM
I was following this thread, knowing I had heard of the place, and when going through maps and articles today for my next trip, found the below article.

How about August 27th weekend? Also, since its not strictly 4-wheeling and gas is $4, I'd be interested in a Cruiser-pool. My 80 seats 4 comfortably and there is plenty of room for gear, both inside and on the roof.

Hulk
05-23-2011, 12:02 PM
I think that's the weekend of the Rally. This would be a good Sunday run.

Inukshuk
05-23-2011, 07:24 PM
I think that's the weekend of the Rally. This would be a good Sunday run.

Its 7 hours away...... :eek:

Cheeseman
05-24-2011, 10:44 PM
Backpacked in from the north side from the Lagarita Wilderness many years ago. Was fascinated with it. Have always wanted to go back there some day.

JadeRunner
05-25-2011, 09:09 AM
There are a few camp sites at the end of the Wheeler road at the trailhead. I camped there last fall. Then backpacked over Halfmoon pass for a few days. We used to hunt the other side up the Middle Fork. A surprising amount of day traffic on the road on the weekends, but very remote when you get back in there. A very special place. Got lost one night, spent a night away from the tent and was stalked and growled at my a mountain lion. Good stuff. I plan on going back this fall.

DaveInDenver
05-25-2011, 10:14 AM
The trailhead is at the Hanson Mill ruins.

This is what the campground looks like, it's not bad. There aren't a ton of spots, maybe a dozen or so established.

http://armbrusterweb.com/public/webshots/taz_truck_4.jpg

http://armbrusterweb.com/public/webshots/taz_truck_2.jpg