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Cottonwood Marsh photo by Peter Burke

Wheeler Geologic Area - Mineral County
Ownership: None Listed
Description: (Submitted by Bill Schmoker) The road in traverses excellent spruce-fir habitat, with specialty birds like both Crossbills, Gray Jays, and Boreal Owls possible. There are also high-elevation meadows and a few stream crossings. Stop frequently to look and listen, and to give yourself a break from the jostling. There are undeveloped campsites near the end of the road for intrepid birders who need a place to stay overnight. From the end of the road you can hike into the Wheeler Geologic Area (unbelievable scenery) and beyond into the La Garita Wilderness area.

Habitat: Spruce-Fir Forest, Mountain Meadow, Stream, Streamside Willow
Directions: From Creede go 7.3 miles southeast on Highway 149 to Pool Table Road #600 (Spring Gulch). Turn north and travel northeast approximately 10 miles. This portion is 2WD. At the remains of the old Hanson's Sawmill there is a trailhead and parking area. At this point you can hike (Trail 790) or continue driving (FSR # 600.) Now 4WD, the road winds about 12 miles to the boundary fence of the Wheeler Geologic Area. If you choose to drive you will need high clearance, low-range 4WD, and good tires. Plan on 3 or 4 hours driving each way in good weather- the road is very rugged and the going is slow. If bad weather threatens you should head back out while you can- there are vehicle-sized potholes that would present major problems if filled with water.
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