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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 bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 2.7 mi Elevation gain 469 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

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No dogs

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Please note that road closures have been reported leading up to this trail as of May 15th, 2020. 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.

Trailhead is at the top of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive: http://www.nps.gov/grba/planyourvisit/wheeler-peak-scenic-drive.htm Ample parking and bathroom facilities are available at the trailhead. For more info: http://www.nps.gov/grba/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm Also no entrance fees but you do need to fill out permit info: Day hikers are asked to sign in at trailhead registers. Permits are not required for backcountry camping, but registration is free and strongly encouraged. Registering provides rescuers with critical information in case of an emergency. Stop at a visitor center or call (775) 234-7510 for current information on trail conditions and routes. Further info: http://www.nps.gov/grba/planyourvisit/guidelines-for-backcountry-use.htm

Great Basin National Park 100 Great Basin National Park Baker, NV 89311 Park Headquarters (775) 234-7331 Lehman Caves Tours Advance Ticket Sales (775) 234-7517

Great Basin National Park is located in east central Nevada, five miles west of the town of Baker. The nearest airport is located in Ely, NV, 70 miles away, or Cedar City, Utah, 142 miles away. Major airports are found in Salt Lake City, Utah (234 miles) and Las Vegas, Nevada (286 miles). From the east or west: From U.S. Highway 6 & 50, turn south on Nevada State Highway 487 and travel 5 miles to Baker, NV. In Baker turn west on Highway 488 and travel 5 miles to the park. From the south (Utah): Travel north on Utah State Highway 21 through Milford, UT and Garrison, UT, which will become Nevada State Highway 487 as you cross the border. Turn west on Highway 488 in Baker and travel 5 miles to the park. From the south (Nevada): Travel north on U.S. Highway 93 (Great Basin Highway). At the junction of U.S. Highway 6 & 50 drive east to Nevada State Highway 487 and turn south. Travel 5 miles to Baker, NV. In Baker turn west on Highway 488 and travel 5 miles to the park. Public Transportation No public transportation is available to, or in, Great Basin National Park. Trailhead is at the end of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive: http://www.nps.gov/grba/planyourvisit/wheeler-peak-scenic-drive.htm For more info: http://www.nps.gov/grba/planyourvisit/directions.htm

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Anthony Hoffmann
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. We started from the further parking lot and went to Stella lake first. Then hiked around to Teresa lake where we ate lunch, the. Up to bristlecone pine grove. We attempted to go to the glacier but didn’t get right up to them. But did get far enough to see it. It’s incredible wilderness hidden up in those mountains. We saw deer, wild turkeys, and lots of squirrels. We did the entire loop plus some and it was all very well worth it.

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David Platt
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Hiking

The hike was short, easy, and pretty. Highlights for me were a series of quaint bridges over the running streams and plenty of wildlife spottings and bird songs

Craig McCloskey
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Hiking

Great trail with beautiful scenery. Added a hike to the Bristlecone pine grove to the hike and glad I did.

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Karen Adams
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Hiking

All the roads at GRBA are open. Most trails are clear. Bits of snow here and there, but no traction required (Except Glacier trail and Wheeler Peak).

Scott & Shauna Hart
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

Early. Still a LITTLE snow here and there. The Covid thing has made the parks inconvenient, but it’s still very much worth taking this hike. You nearly have the entire mountain to yourself if you get off the roads. Also, All Trails is always wrong about total elevation gain. It only shows the difference between your destination and your starting point. There’s nearly always a series of ups and downs along a trail. I normally get about twice the actual gain as what All Trails reports. On this hike the total vertical gain was 678.

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Danica Duan
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HikingIcyMuddyRockySnow
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Garet Hawley
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HikingClosed

We were going to try and do this trail May 15, but the road is closed about 4 miles before the trailhead. You can do the trail that starts at the lower camp grounds (3.4-mile trail) and then complete this.

Kimberly Cosseboom
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HikingRocky

This trail is amazing. Traveling up the north side, headed west, is a moderate incline with great views. We took a couple of breaks to watch the deer, and listen to the creek, before arriving at Stella Lake, which is a perfect place to stop for a few minutes. From Stella, the path leads to Teresa Lake, which is just as beautiful. The path back down to the trailhead is quite rocky. I much more enjoyed the first side of the loop, but overall this trail is one not to miss.

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Nicholas Cheranich
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HikingRocky

Nice trail, a bit rocky on some parts. Lakes are small and shallow, but pretty. Hardly anyone around. Most people go to the bristlecone trail--which one could easily combine with this trail. Beautiful views of the mountains.

Elizabeth Bennett
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Adrienne Weintz
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HikingSnow
Tim C.
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Jerry Taylor
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J Meyers
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Nice trail.

Viv Olivera
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Hiking

Beautiful and not too hard. Did it in early July.

Julianne Tunnelle
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HikingRocky

Okay, yes... technically it's easy, but hello change in elevation. Everyone around me was huffing and puffing, but overall, it's totally doable. My friend and I went to Stella Lake first and it was just perfect. The water was clear and the view was magnificent. After admiring it for a hot minute, we went to Theresa Lake and no offense Stella, but Theresa gives you a run for your money. Let's talk about this magic fairytale stream leading up to it. There's butterflies. There's wildflowers. There's the sound of baby waterfalls. After following this hypnotizing stream, it leads you to this stupid glorious turquoise aquamarine lake. It almost felt like it was too easy to get to. The sun was shining and birds were singing and the colors were vibrant. You arrived to a sparkling lake next to the summit. It's perfect. Your life is perfect. You remember why you do anything for anything. Go. Have your magical AF moment.

Brittany G
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Hiking

08/10/19 - The lakes and streams are full right now. More wildflowers and butterflies than you can count. The hike starts with a 1 mile incline, but overall an easy hike suitable for all ages. Highly recommend adding this on either before or after Bristlecone/Glacier.

Lauri S
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Hiking

Steady incline for the first mile and then an easy walk through the woods to two beautiful lakes.

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Andres Osorio
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Hiking

Excellent trail. Not hard at all. Great for all ages.

Andy McDonald
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HikingMuddy

Fantastic hike. we managed to get the hike done between rainstorms. well worth it!!

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Jeffrey Leathem
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Hiking

The lakes are pretty and it would be fine to add this on the return trip from Bristlecone/Glacier.

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Trippin Steve
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Hiking

Does anyone know approximately how long it takes to get to the first pond/lake? Time or miles would be greatly appreciated!!

Nicole Mapleton
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beautiful hike. easy enough with good scenery

Courtney Iverson
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This hike was especially nice the weekend of September 21st. The alpine trees were magnificent and the trails were not busy at all.

Rebecca Welborn
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Not too hard or easy. Loved Stella Lake and the wonderful views of the peak. Best of all worlds with driving much of the elevation change. Would highly recommend

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