Wheeler Pass is an amazing trail in the north part of the Spring Mountains, about 40 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Starting in the small town of Cold Creek, it travels up and over the Spring Mountains and ends in Pahrump. In the 1800s Wheeler Pass was the primary was to get from the Pahrump Valley to the Indian Springs area. Also 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. The trail itself is not terribly difficult and can be run with a stock Jeep. There are a few ruts and rocky parts, but nothing that should be too difficult in good conditions. There are a few steep sections as well. The views on both sides of the trail are very impressive. And at the top of the pass, it seems like you can see for miles in all directions. This is a favorite trail for Jeepers in the Las Vegas area in summer because the high elevation provides a cool relief from the hot valley below. It is known for winter snow runs as well.
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