Lehman Caves Visitor Center and Mountain View Nature Trail is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Baker, Nevada that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
Views of surrounding peaks, natural cave entrance, intro to flora of the region I usually wouldn't list this as a hike, but you might have some time to kill while waiting for your tour. The visitor center itself is small, and the videos of the park, while worth watching, are rather short. So, if you are like me, and you do have a bit of extra time, you'll find yourself reading the interpretive signs introducing the flora of the pinyon/scrub area of the Great Basin. You'll read interesting factoids about the Juniper, Mormon Tea, Pinyon, and others. You'll also get to see the natural entrance to Lehman Caves, where once upon a time visitors entered. It's blocked with a gate to allow bats safe passage. If you have the time, the trail is right there.
Fine, short interpretive trail behind the visitors center. Enjoyed a stroll here after emerging from a couple of hours in my cave, underground.
Easy and short trail behind the Lehman caves visitor center. I emerged from the cave tour, eyes squinting at the light and went for a stroll here. There are nice views of the valley below, the fresh smell of pines, a few benches for resting, and some nice signage pointing out the areas of interest and types of vegetation along the trail.
Easy trail next to the Lehman Caves visitor center.
Easy trail around the Lehman Caves visitor center. Views of the surrounding mountains, the Rhoades cabin, and the natural cave entrance
There were some signs with information. Other signs had been removed (vandals I suppose). It probably would have been better had we gotten the self guided trail information before going on the hike.