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Centerville Wagon Wheel – Centerville Utah
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Overview
Location

Centerville, Utah – Northern Utah

Sights

Rock wagon wheel

Distance

.70 miles from parking lot area. Or if you have 4WD vehicle it is about .35 miles from road.

Parking Lot Elevation

4611 ft

Summit Elevation

5182 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

571 ft

Time Required

1+ hours

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water

Best Season

Spring, summer, fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

No shade

Trail Condition

Wide dirt road and very visible until you curve up mountain and will need to bushwhack through grass and weeds.

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

N/A

Food

Bring snacks if needed

Equipment

Bring good hiking shoes. Bag for water and snacks. Hat and sunglasses also would be a good idea.

GPS Coordinates

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Driving Directions:

You can either park in the parking lot at the Parrish Canyon trailhead or if you have 4WD or a high clearance vehicle you can drive to the trailhead.


The Trail:

This is where the trail heads up the mountain

This is where the trail heads up the mountain

I found out about this rock circle that looks like a wagon wheel by checking out the mountains around Centerville on Google Earth.  I noticed this odd shaped thing that was high up on the mountain and I decided to hike to it to see what it was.

If you have a 4WD or high clearance vehicle then you can drive directly to where you need to be.  If you don’t you can simple park right at the Parrish Canyon parking lot.  Either way, this really isn’t that long of a hike.

Hike or drive along the Firebreak road until you come to the Deuel Creek North trailhead.  It is close to the Deuel Canyon.


You will travel a little ways on the trail here

You will travel a little ways on the trail here

You will travel along a clear path straight up the mountain for a good ways and you will eventually need to decide where you will go off the trail and go up to the next ridge near the scrub oak trees above you.


Bushwhacking time! It is actually easy to traverse.

Bushwhacking time! It is actually easy to traverse.

Since there wasn’t even a game trail to follow up I just picked a random location and headed up the mountain.

The Deuel Creek North trail continues to hug the canyon side and it leads you far away from the Wagon Wheel.

So keep hiking up the steep hillside and you will eventually see a giant pile of rocks that are leaned up against the mountain and there are tons of scrub oak just over the pile of rocks.

Go towards this pile of rocks and you will come to the Wagon Wheel.


What is it? Who made it?

What is it? Who made it?

The Wagon Wheel is made up of rocks about 30 feet wide and has 9 spokes with a small pile of rocks in the center.

Not much is known about this – I just found it by surfing Google Earth one day.   It does appear to be old because most of the rocks have sunk somewhat into the dirt which leads me to think that this may have been around for how many decades??

It is interesting nonetheless and you get an amazing few of Centerville and Antelope Island.

Aerial picture from Google Earth

Aerial picture from Google Earth

Center of the Wheel

Center of the Wheel


The Return:

Head back down towards the trail.


Personal Thoughts:

This is probably not for everyone but if you are looking for a hike that is different then I suggest you check out the Centerville Wagon Wheel.

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Jeff Johnson
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Elynn
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Very interesting! Thanks for posting.

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