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We just did the majority of this hike and the quaking aspen were amazing: brilliant yellows everywhere. We saw lots of deer hiding from hunters and they carefully inspected us, but we were able to get a few good photographs. The wind was blustery from nearly the beginning but became ferocious as we reached the exposed talus slope. On our way up, only one man said he conquered the wind to the top. Everyone else shook their heads and said “another day.” One couple above us steadfastly clung to the talus trail, but we turned back at around 12,000 feet and didn’t wait to see if they made it. This is an amazing hike and the country is absolutely stunning. Wear layers and bring gloves to protect your hands if (when) the wind decides to toss you around a bit.

hiking
2 days ago

This route to Johnson Lake starts at the end of White Pine County Road 42 in Great Basin National Park. The dirt road is in pretty good shape except for some slightly rough stretches near the end, but it is narrow in places. There is a restroom at the trailhead, but no water. I think this route is shorter, but steeper, than the trail from the Baker Creek Road trailhead.

I found this hike to be more strenuous than I thought it would be from the statistics. Maybe I was just having a bad day. As you near the lake, there are the ruins of some cabins from an old mining operation, and at the lake there are additional industrial artifacts. The lake is nothing special, as alpine lakes go, but it's scenic enough. You can continue past the lake and climb up to a saddle that provides access to a trail going over to Baker Lake, or to Pyramid Peak. Climbing up to the saddle was a pretty steep and slightly treacherous endeavor, but went by fast and definitely worth it for the spectacular views and sense of accomplishment.

Such a great hike. First 2 miles are super simple, and well sheltered by trees. Last 2+ have exposure, super windy and was a bit cold.

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike. Once you get to the Bristlecone interpretive area, it's totally worth it to continue on to the glacier hike. You'll wind up looking right up the sheer wall of Wheeler Peak. The sides are lined with incredible cliffs and rock formations that are hundreds of feet tall. It's amazing.

hiking
16 days ago

This is one for the whole family. My kids love this trail. We normally see wildlife along the way to the lakes, and the kids like playing in the water.

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome cave. If you can, get your tickets in advance.

hiking
17 days ago

This is a great hike with a secret at the end. You can go past the "end" of the trail and find the actual glacier. That part is pretty difficult and requires some boulder hopping. I wouldn't recommend taking small children past the official end of the trail. There are cairns marking the easiest way up to the glacier, but they are difficult to spot. They line a boulder and rock ridge to the southwest of the "lamp post" at the end of the official trail. You can hear the water rushing from the glacier underneath the rock glacier as you get closer to the ice.

on Alpine Lakes Trail

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike for young kids. More of a walk than a real "hike" but the scenery is pretty great. There were very few other people on the trail and we had both lakes to ourselves for some of the time.

hiking
17 days ago

Breathtaking from the Top

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

The trail is labeled as “hard” and it is. I’m 62 years old and I could do it. But it’s 9.6 miles, 5600 ft total elevation change and the entire trail is above 10k ft. That makes it tough for someone used to a max elevation of 6k that you find east of the Mississippi. And the winds are frequently and issue since you are above the tree line. I encountered 35 mph sustained winds with gusts of 50 mph. And if took me seven hours to complete the hike. If none of this sounds to daunting then you should consider taking this trail.

I rate the landscape photography between a 4 or 5. I went in August. The aspen hadn’t started to change color nor was there any snow on the mountain. Late September may have been better to get snow and the leaf color change. But be prepared for much cooler temperatures.

For those of you that don’t want to invest in the hard climb to the summit, there’s a nice composition 100 yards downhill from the parking lot and another nice opportunity 1/2 mile from the trail head.

I did this on Saturday. For a holiday I expected more people, but I started early in the morning around 7:15. I saw a lot of people on my way down, but never crowded.

Easy class 1. The first 2.5 miles are a breeze. The last climb isn't bad, just pace yourself. Summit was nice and great views.

August 27, 2018 @ 6:30 a.m. I was at the trail head of Wheeler Peak which is at 10,000 ft - Please make sure you sign-in/out at the sign-in station at the trail head. I clocked the distance as being 4.39 miles from trail head to summit which I completed in 2 hrs and 29 minutes with frequent rest and catch your breathe breaks - pace yourself as from the saddle to the summit it's brutal and rocky climb. On this day I encountered 40 mph plus wind gusts that buffeted me the entire length of the saddle (above tree line), but they subsided as I made my way up to the summit. From the saddle to the summit the climb gets much steeper, rockier and the trail fades in spots but is still traceable. The summit is a rocky ridge you can hike from one end to the other. The 360 views are all worth the effort. There are two geo markers at the summit and a log book - all located around the wind shelter. I'm thankful I dressed in layers, brought my wind breaker, gloves, winter hat, trekking poles, 3L of water, electrolyte drink and high energy and high carbohydrate snacks for energy. I also packed a canister of oxygen, just in case I experienced altitude sickness - Thank goodness it wasn't needed, but still know the symptoms of altitude sickness and what action to take should you or fellow hiker experience such. Overall, I truly enjoyed the challenge of hiking the second highest peak in Nevada.

One of my first true summits of a 13er. This hike was doable for a able-bodied college student like myself but I think I took the descent a tad too quick. I was definitely feeling the effects of altitude sickness later that night. Layers are a MUST even in July when I did it. Wonderful panoramic view, you can see for tens of miles in some directions. The last 1/4 is a pretty rigorous climb of some rocks, so be prepared!

Absolutely beautiful. This is a challenging hike, worth the reward. The old buildings from mining and milling were really cool. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. The stream on the way provided delicious drinking water.

hiking
24 days ago

A great, easy-going hike to some lovely viewpoints. I used this trail as an acclimatization hike to prepare for Wheeler the following day, and I think it helped tremendously. Stella lake is very striking at the base of Wheeler. Teresa lake is quite low and a little paltry in comparison, but still a nice destination. I added on the Bristlecone grove to increase the length a little. The walk between points of interest is easy and well signed.

A great, challenging hike to an unbelievably scenic summit. Windy as heck on the exposed portions of the trail; bring a windbreaker and layers. The first two miles go down quick and easy, but once you get through the timber line it is slow and arduous. Got a touch of altitude sickness at about 12500 feet (I'm a low elevation desert-dweller here) but staying hydrated, taking frequent breaks, and nibbling on some snacks helped tremendously. I used poles for the last mile, and was glad to have them.

hiking
27 days ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

Trail was rated as “easy” and that’s appropriate. Trail description is accurate

The best place for photography is at Stella Lake. Nice alpine lake with some foreground interest. I recommend as wide a lens as you have. I used a 19mm with a C sensor and it wasn’t wide enough to capture the scene the way I wanted.

There’s another nice location about 1/2 from the trail head. Mountains in the background with pine trees in the foreground

When I took the trail is August 2018 the water levels at the second lake were very low. If you want to minimize your hike then just do Stella Lake. But the loop is pretty easy. So if you aren’t exhausted when you get to Stella Lake I recommend you just finish the entire loop.

I went in August but there was no snow and the Aspen hasn’t changed color. Late September is probably better but it may be much colder

scenic driving
27 days ago

CROWDED

Wonderful experience.

walking
28 days ago

Definitely would recommend cave tour, we took 90 minute tour guide was great and we were fortunate as we walked in and were able to get tickets for tour within the hour in mid August

Very nice hike. The first 2 miles is fast easy tread. Once above the tree line, the trail gets steep and the last mile it gets really steep. Great views of Spring Valley. Steady flow of people coming and going, but not crowded.

Great 13er hike! Started at 6 am and the summit just after 8. First mile is flat and scenic. Next mile has a little incline and then it gets serious. Last mile was fairly steep but switchbacks. Very well marked trail. A lot of traffic on the way down. The detour to the lake is worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

At the end of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is a parking area that takes you to many trails including the Bristlecone Pine and Glacier Trail, and the Alpine Lakes trail which takes you to Stella Lake and Teresa Lake. Stella is the bigger and more impressive of the two, as Teresa is more of a pond. Some great scenery along the way, including walking through a grove of aspens, through a dense plush mountain stream area and across open space which gives you a great view of Wheeler Peak and the glacier. Take a picnic lunch.

hiking
1 month ago

From the parking area at the end of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive are several trailheads including the Bristlecone Pine and Glacier Trail, and the Alpine Lakes trail which takes you to Stella Lake and Teresa Lake. Teresa is more of a pond, and the trail does not have as much variety as the trail to Stella Lake, although you see different wildflowers than at Teresa. Teresa Lake is the closest lake to the Bristlecone Pine trail.

Amazing and very challenging hike! Made it to the summit on 5 August, just start early, it will be a lot cooler and try to avoid the thunderstorms by going early. It is colder on top, pack layers. Wear a hat and lots of sunscreen, also trekking poles help. It is a very hard hike but if you take your time, you can complete it. The trail is very rocky, go slow. It is very windy up there. You can see the trail all the way to the summit if you look closely.

Loved the Bristlecone Pines at the end! On the way back hiked out to Theresa Lake a short side trail halfway down.

Did this yesterday 7/30/18 Teresa lake was very low. Stella lake was pretty but we were a little disappointed that it wasn't great to swim in. I still went in but it was only 2.5 feet deep at it's deepest and very very very soft bottom. I basically floated around trying not to touch the bottom! Still very refreshing. Highly recommend combining this loop with the Bristlecone/Rock glacier trail for a nice 7 mile hike.

Very unique hike. Loved walking through the Bristlecone Grove. We continued up to the end of the trail that goes to the rock glacier and then did the Alpine lakes trail on the way back.

Amazing trail, well worth the effort. Watch out for afternoon storms.

on Lehman Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

The directions link (as of 7/30/2018) on here takes you to the Lower Lehman campground. You can start from there, but you can also start from the Upper Lehman campground which will save you nearly a mile in each direction. The "real" trail starts from Upper Lehman campground. Some people do it in the opposite direction and descend from Wheeler Peak Campground and than go back up (or maybe hitch a ride back? - cheaters!).

I gave this two stars because the first 2/3 are really boring (for me anyway). The trail is ok and the scenery is ok. It was very disappointing because you can hear the creek but the trail only takes you right beside the creek for about 200 yards! Seriously, that's it. Aside from that short stretch, you can hear it for awhile and then you can't even hear it anymore as you go higher. The top 1/3 of the trail gets much better from the point you hit the meadow which has very nice views of Wheeler Peak. The forest scenery is nicer after that too up to Wheeler Peak Campground. We saw some deer and wild turkeys.

For the experienced hiker, it's a moderate hike. For the casual/beginner hiker, it's a hard hike as it's an unrelenting climb until the meadow. There are very few flat spots before that point. It's a good workout but there are nicer trails.

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