Alpine Lakes Trail

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Alpine Lakes Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Baker, Nevada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

2.7 miles
469 feet

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers



no dogs

The three-mile Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at the end of Great Basin National Park Scenic Drive offers high elevation backcountry hiking to two small lakes that lie in the shadow of Wheeler Peak - Stella and Teresa Lakes. The three-mile Alpine Lakes Loop Trail offers the hiker a sense of diversity found in the high elevation backcountry of Great Basin National Park. Two small lakes lie in the shadow of Wheeler Peak. Both occupy shallow depressions left behind by retreating glaciers. both are fed by snow melt and occasional summer storms. To reach Stella Lake the trail rises 400 feet from the trailhead (first right turn at the junction if taken counterclockwise) and passes through a forest of Englemann spruce, aspen and timber pine and takes you to a dramatic alpine setting with a barren sawtooth ridge rising above the surface of a smooth lake. The trail continues another mile to Teresa Lake. Above the lake, blooming primrose and shooting stars reveal a small spring. There are no fish in these lakes as they are both shallow and freeze solid in winter. The trail is a great loop for children and can be combined with the longer Bristlecone and/or Glacier trail (there is about a half mile overlap along the loop) to make a great day hike. Begin at the Bristlecone Parking Area, near Wheeler Peak Campground.

8 days ago

Great way to walk through the forest with several sightings of at massive Wheeler Peak. High pay off rewards of this trail were the two beautiful Sub-Alpine lakes. Stella Lake is beautiful with Wheeler Peak looming atop. There's a fair amount of distance between the two lakes which makes the trail interesting. We enjoyed seeing a few families with children getting out on this trail to enjoy this beautiful National Park.

7 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.

10 months ago

Beautiful hike

11 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.

11 months ago

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.

Friday, June 16, 2017

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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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!!!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Peaceful easy hike, we combined this with the Bristle-cone trail, both doable together if you have the time. Not to crowded, considering this is probably the premier hiking area in the park ! Along with the cave this is a must do

Monday, July 04, 2016

Beautiful trail. Gorgeous high altitude lakes. Great for kids. And the fact that it's a loop is the cherry on top! We saw a deer and the purple wildflowers were in bloom.

Monday, December 28, 2015

This is a stunningly beautiful hike. Great Basin NP is REALLY out of the way, but absolutely worth the trouble. We combined this hike with the Bristlecone Pine Trail and it made for a fabulous half-day hike that got us acclimated to the altitude before we attacked Wheeler Peak the next day. This hike is very easy, but remember that you are at 10,000' which can be very stressful on some people's bodies. The track displayed on this page is for the Wheeler Peak Trail.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Great hike! We combined this with the Bristlecone Pine and Glacier trails and made a full half day out of it. Great Basin NP has done a really good job at maintaining the trail and facilities. The Alpine Lakes Trail is really nice. Teresa Lake is small and had beautiful flowers at the high end of the lake that don't look indigenous at all (something to ask a ranger). We liked Stella even better, presenting a very peaceful setting to sit on the logs or stumps and look across the lake to Wheeler Peak. The wind really picked up coming across the lake from over the ridgeline and suspect storms can blow in really fast on summer afternoons. The aspen grove along the trail was also a nice treat, as well as the boardwalks crossing the stream. We met several families with small children along the way - great for kids and picnics! I highly recommend this hike above 10000 feet!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Very peaceful and beautiful.

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