Wheeler Canyon, Utah is great spot within short distance of Ogden. This is the location of the Wheeler Canyon Trail. In order to reach Wheeler Canyon one must make the drive up 12th Street to where it converts to Ogden Canyon road. There is about a 20 minute drive up the canyon. The hike begins at the periphery of the damn on the west side of Pineview Reservoir. It is a popular hike with a reasonable amount of traffic both from mountain bikers and hikers.
Despite the initial traffic, this does thin out somewhat as you make you way your way u the hike. The hike starts out as more of a dirt road than trail that runs up a canyon and has a river running along the side. There is moderate shade on either side but in most segments the road is exposed to the sun. Therefore, I would not recommend this hike necessarily in the extreme heat of summer.
This is also a great early morning or late afternoon hike. The preliminary segment of this hike is reasonably straight and runs for about a mile and a half where it breaks off into a separate trail for Icebox Canyon. This is the more scenic stretch of the trail and it is heavily shaded.
While the dirt road for Wheeler Canyon continues on, the Icebox Canyon Trail, drops off from the road. You will have no trouble finding the access to Icebox Canyon trail as it is marked with signage and after a short switchback will lead you across a wooden bridge.
I highly recommend discovering and enjoying this hike. The stream that runs along its edge is great watering source for any pets. It is also very quiet save the sound of the running water and the songs of the birds. The temperature is always cool in Icebox Canyon and it is a gentle grade.
This is always a scenic and relaxing hike. I recommend this hike for hikers of all ages.
This hike is also especially memorable in the fall with the rich abundance of fall colors with all the Aspen and Cottonwood trees.