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Woodchuck Basin Trail to Wheeler Ridge (and Wheeler Lake)

This trail weaves thru alpine forest, steep open meadows, beneath lava bluffs, high ridge, to a beautiful alpine lake.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.9 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  The Woodchuck Basin Trail takes us into the Mokelumne Wilderness as it travels up to the top of Wheeler Ridge and then down the other ... more »

Tips:  The Woodchuck Basin parking area and trailhead are 1.2 miles past Lake Alpine and before Cape Horn.  Make a left and pull into... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Wheeler Ridge

Views from this ridge are stupendous: South you see the view of the Stanislaus watershed with Lake Alpine, Utica and Union Lakes; Mount Reba West; and the Mokelumne watershed North and Avalanche Meadow.

2. Woodchuck Basin Campground