The trail provides good hiking access to Wheeler Geologic Area, Halfmoon Pass, and the La Garita Wilderness. Beautiful views and unique geologic features are the main attractions of this trail. Decent camping areas are not hard to find. Opportunities for fishing exist in East Bellows Creek. Trail allows for a good overnight backpack visit to Wheeler Geologic Area.
After arriving at Hanson's Mill, those planning to hike to Wheeler Geologic Area should follow the 4-wheel-drive road heading in a northeasterly direction. After approximately 0.25 mile, this road will fork. Follow the left, west fork of the trail for about 1.0 mile down into the East Bellows Creek drainage. The foot trail will begin just before reaching the creek.
Shortly after the trail begins, it will cross East Bellows Creek. The old sheep bridge is no longer usable, so hikers may get their feet wet. Crossings in the early summer can be dangerous. After the creek crossing, the trail will head up the west fork of East Bellows Creek, Canon Nieve.
In approximately 0.5 mile, the trail will fork. This junction is signed. Take the trail fork heading west for the best traveling to Wheeler. The trail will make a gradual climb through open parks and scattered timber patches before joining the 4-wheel-drive access road to Wheeler.
Follow the road west for about 1.0 mile to its end at a pole fence in a small meadow below Wheeler Geologic Area. The unique, picturesque features of the geologic area are about 0.25 to 0.5 mile north from the end of the road. The foot trail to Wheeler will quickly meet the West Bellows Creek Trail. Follow the sign directions and continue up West Bellows Creek Trail.
Just before reaching the lower base of the geologic formations, you will come to the junction of this trail with the Wheeler-Wason Trail # 789. Take the trail fork that heads north and in 150 yards you will be at the base of the beautiful Wheeler Geologic formations. The trail continues past a shelter house through a stand of timber and climbs above the formations. Some magnificent views are available before one conquers the crest of the La Garita Mountains at Halfmoon Pass.
Directions from Creede, Colorado: Travel south on Colorado Highway 149 for 7.3 miles to Forest Development Road # 600 (Pool Table Road). Go approximately 9.5 miles northwest on Pool Table Road (Forest Road 600) to the Hanson's Mill Trailhead. Starting at Hanson's Mill, the first 1.75 miles follows a 4-wheel-drive road down towards East Bellows Creek.
Late June-Early July through Mid-September .