Wheeler Pass

Total Miles


2343.25 ft


5 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Starting in Cold Creek, the Wheeler Pass trail takes you up and over the Spring Mountains. The trail used to be the main way to travel from the Indian Springs area to Pahrump in the 1800s. The trail is rough and rocky, but passable in a high-clearance 4x4. Fantastic views of the desert floor await as you climb towards the summit. On the east side of the trail, don't forget to stop and visit the historic Charcoal Kilns that date back to the late 1800s. There will be snow in winter, so check the weather before heading out.


The road is rough and rocky, and has a few steep spots, but is easily passable in a stock 4x4 SUV or pickup. Winter snow can make the trail more difficult.


Of some historical significance are the charcoal kilns on the west side of the trail. Called the Tecopa charcoal ovens and located in the Wheeler wash, the kilns were built in 1875. Because of the forests in the area, wood was plentiful and was supposed to be used to make the charcoal to smelt minerals at a nearby mine.

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