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The main trail area is a 2.5 mile network between the Lodge and the Day Use area. The trail system is accessed from the far end of the Lodge complex and also near Shelter #3 of the Day Use Area. (see map). The trail system essentially consists of two loops with a connector trail to tie them together. These trails are mostly blue blazed and are easily hiked. Smaller parts of the system or individual loops can conveniently be hiked. Parking areas and restroom facilities are at the lodge and near shelter #3. Some nice views of Wheeler Lake.

There is a half mile loop off the primitive campground area. Access via the Campground Road . Drive past the main camping area and continue past the Dumpster on an unsurfaced road to the Primitive Camping Area. Watch for hiking trail sign. Trail starts after crossing a small foot bridge. Take a sharp right at end of bridge for west side of loop. Straight ahead for east side of loop. A couple of blowdowns across trail but otherwise easily hiked. Closest restroom facility at main campground.

Joe Wheeler Park also has property south of Wheeler dam off highway 101. See location map. The cabin area is on east side of hwy 101. On west side, emediately after crossing the dam, there is a boat launching facility and public viewing area of Wheeler Dam, the Power House and Wilson Lake. Restrooms that also serve the nearby hiking trail are also located here. A half mile further south on hwy 101, is the small parking area for a 2.5 mile yellow blazed loop trail. The trail is faily level with smooth foot path, with interesting meanders and nice views of Wilson Lake and Nance Creek. The trail is marked with frequent yellow blazes in woods. There are no markings in the open mowed areas under power lines. Just proceed along the mowed areas until entry into blazed woods again. A service road bisects the hiking loop.