Hiking Icebox Canyon via Wheeler Creek
Icebox Canyon is a 5 mile loop hike that starts at Wheeler Creek, cuts through Icebox Canyon itself, the Art Nord meadow near Snowbasin, then back through Wheeler Creek.
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
The trail is very wide for all of Wheeler Creek trail, and it mostly exposed. Beware of bikers flying down this trail!
At 1 mile, look for the trail split on your right for Icebox Canyon, and take this down the hill.
Cross bridge #1.
As you hike into Icebox Canyon, the trail becomes a single track trail, is very well shaded, and follows the stream closer. Leo pup strikes the classic GSD head tilt pose!
Work your way over bridge #2, then up the only switchback.
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.
Next hike up one small steep, rocky section.
At the next trail split, veer left, down the hill. If you go right, it takes you closer to Snowbasin.
A small handmade sign at the trail split.
Cross bridge #4.
This is actually my favorite spot along the loop because this meadow is so pretty!
I love this spot! The backdrop of Snowbasin is gorgeous!
Continue on the trail, and you will hike right by the road to Snowbasin.
Cross bridge #5! Just after this bridge look for the small trail leading left and take that – it will put you back on the Wheeler Creek trail.
Back on Wheeler Creek trail. Follow this trail until you reach your car, making a nice loop.
Fall is also very pretty! This is my hiking group, “Dogs That Hike in Utah!” Join us on Instagram & Facebook!
Loving this unseasonably warm weather!
You can hike this loop in either direction (clockwise or counter clockwise), but I prefer counter clockwise. My track via Gaia GPS – the best tracking app! Get your app here for a discount.
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