Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Great Basin National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Part of the trail is closed due to the strawberry fire. We went a bit past the trail closure sign, ended up doing 4 mi round trip. Great views! Cool to learn about the history of the trail.

walking
1 month ago

We went on March 3, 2018. Though it was winter, they do one or two tours a day on winter weekends. It was full, even then! If you want to go in the summer, book well in advance. The guide was awesome as she knew a lot about the cave and could give us a lot of facts (both social and scientific) about the cave. The cave is modernized with steps, cement pathways and lights. Our tour was 1.5 hours and well worth it!

I did try to record the path, but since you are underground, you can not record the path, no GPS signal. The recording and map of this path provided here is most likely the above ground visitor center nature trail loop.

See our video: https://youtu.be/LQWllU_aeOY

Ah!!! This trail was awesome! The hike itself is not very difficult except for some snow/ ice patches (October), but the trees were phenomenal! You get right up in the patches of Bristlecone Pines and there's educational signs for those of us in the nerd community. Loved it!

scenic driving
2 months ago

We went up to Upper Lehman Creek as the road past this point was closed. Unfortunately, my recording stopped for the actual road this is for, but I took photos and wanted to share them along the track to get the GPS points. It is nice to see in the winter, but as the road to the top is closed, it will be good to go back in the summer.

This is more like a short walk, not a hike. The one thing that surprised me about the tundra is if it is moist/wet, you can sink down a little in it and it's slippery, so do be careful of that. We came in the winter, so some areas of the trail were snowy or slippery. The one good thing about this walk is it is available to walk even in the winter, when most of the park is closed.

2 months ago

Boom!

on Alpine Lakes Trail

hiking
6 months ago

This is a relatively easy hike at the top of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive within Great Basin National Park. I thought it was kind of blah, but maybe I am spoiled by some of the other lake hikes available in the Utah region. At this time of year, the lakes are pretty low as well, and they might be more impressive in the spring. I actually did the loop after starting off trying to climb Mt. Wheeler, but only made it 3 miles due to cold, thin air, and wimpiness. This hike is at a pretty high elevation, so plan accordingly if you are not used to the altitude.

A superb drive up and down Wheeler Peak to an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet. The Peak itself is at 13,000. Hiking opportunities from Wheeler Peak Campground and its parking lot lead to a number of Great Basin NP’s sweetest trails, including Bristlecone.

scenic driving
7 months ago

Beautiful drive with a few turnouts for great photo opps. Ends near a campground with a few trails that lead out of it. There is a short half-mile trail if you don't have too much time that is very easy to do; has some information boards.

Just came from Alaska so the glacier was a tad underwhelming, but still really cool for being the only one in Nevada.The bristlecone pines were really cool and there are some interesting boards that provide some information.

walking
7 months ago

Didn't know this was here, but it was sold out when I showed up. A very kind woman had and extra ticket for a 90 minute tour and gave it to me for free (Thank you!). It was very informative and had some great formations; but I've been to better caves in the US like Carlesbad Caverns. Some tight spaces that you have to bend over or sideways or duck, but no crawling. There are stairs as well.

It's not everyday you see a 3,200 year old tree! Lovely, fairly easy hike to a grove of Bristlecones. Optional to go further.

Great trail, pretty views and the Bristlecone trees are amazing!

Perfect hiking! Wonderful trail!

9 months ago

I was on the 60 minute tour. The guide was a rookie. I would go on the cave tour again only with a more seasoned guide. The 90 minute tour would have been a better choice.

Beautiful drive. Awe struck views! ❤️

Beautiful hike

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery and views throughout! Just right for my three year old... we passed several other kids on this trail, too. The lakes are so picturesque, and the terrain is varying throughout.

Friendly people with good info.

10 months ago

Guided 90 minute tour was really good. Lots to learn and see. Sign up for a tour early or online, they are limited to 20 people and sell out.

Beautiful drive and road completely open on July 1. Gorgeous views of the Basin, the peaks, high mountain meadows...the entire area!

Steep drive, 8% grade for 8 miles reaching above 10000' elevation. Use the overlooks to enjoy the views, don't do it while driving here.

I did this trail June 11th. It was fairly easy except I kept losing the trail due to all the remaining snow! The lakes were a gorgeous blue and well worth the work (and loss of direction) to get there.

Great for kids! Been coming here for 45 years, bring my own kids now. Don't miss this gem or the caves down at the upper visitor center.

hiking
11 months ago

I am so confused by the mileage noted here and the mileage noted on Park newspaper. You note it's 4.7 miles, park map says 2.7 out and back. Our GPS more closely resembles the park mileage. We did combine with Bristlecone trail and totaled about 4.2 miles total. Anyway, we loved this hike. We did run into snow from Stella Lake to Teresa Lake so it was a little difficult to navigate our way and also snow in Bristlecone that did get a bit slippery but was well worth it!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Pole Canyon Trail begins off of the Grey Cliff Campground road, a gravel road easily accessible to passenger vehicles. The trailhead has a picnic area and pit toilet, and enough parking for a small number of vehicles. The trail ascends gradually along a creek through riparian forest and passing rocky cliffs before opening into meadows within a wide mountain valley. If completing the loop, the trail ascends to more mountainous trails along Baker Creek, but this portion of the trail is in reality the Baker Creek trail system. The Pole Canyon portion of the trail can also be a very easy out and back without completing the loop. The trail is quite scenic and beautiful and traverses many habitat types. It is also considerably easier than many of the much steeper trails in Great Basin National Park.

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Snow stop us.

walking
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I was a bit hesitant to take this hike after reading some of the reviews, but I'll say this: for the average person with limited hiking experience, the guided 60 minute tour should be fun and adventurous without much demand from your body. The caves are partially lit, with graded and paved walkways, and staircases with railings. The tours are mainly informative, but also allow time to take pictures and video. Spend the $30 and do it.

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fantastic Hike in Great Basin National Park. This hike was our early morning hike after camping about 15 miles outside of Baker. We hit an early morning coffee hut in Baker and then stopped at the visitor center and drove up and did the Bristlecone Pine Trail. We spent about 3.5 hours doing the 4.6 mile round trip trail and loved every minute of it. We took about 500 photos and Marjorie and I loved this hike. It is not really super strenuous but it is at high altitude so bring plenty of water and your camera.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Our Favorite Hike in Great basin NP. We didn't see another soul the whole time we were there, loved the peace & quite, some nice wild flowers on the way up, (We were there in 2012) Sadly I have heard the road there was washed out, & has not been fixed, better check on road status first

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Nice trail, trees are very cool, it was the first time we had seen Bristle-cone trees, so it was a memorable experience, did not quite make it up to the glacier, family had had enough so I turned back with the this time. You should at least hike to the Groves, make a side trip to the lakes on the way back

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