Baker Lake Trail

HARD 9 reviews
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Baker Lake Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Baker, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
10.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2880 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

no dogs

hiking
1 day ago

Five stars because this is a wonderfully constructed and maintained trail that leads to a beautiful lake. It starts at the Baker Creek trailhead, which is 3.6 miles up a gravel road off the road to the Lehman Cave Visitor Center. There are two trails, with the one on the right signed as the way to Baker Lake and the one on the left signed for the way to Johnson Lake. But they both connect up, so you could take either side to Baker Lake. You can get a good map from the Great Basin NP visitor center. The one on the right is probably the better choice, as it is less steep and does not require climbing over a ridge that just adds to the effort. As others have said, the trail is long, but the elevation gain is gradual enough that you don't feel stressed. There is a trail at the top that connects to Johnson Lake. It is marked by cairns and red tags on the trees and seems easy to follow, but I turned back after .5 miles due to fierce winds. So I came down the way I went up. There was some snow here and there, but none on the trail. The hike is almost entirely through the trees, so there aren't many breathtaking vistas, and today, at least, it was pretty cold.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for a long day hike or overnight back pack trip. Trail is a steady climb to the lake with views of Baker creek, pine forest, open meadows and finally Baker Lake. This was July so temperatures at the TH were in the 90s with lows at the lake around 50. There was still many places that had snow pack around the lake. If camping at the lake suggest you turn right and traverse over the rocks and dead trees about 1/4 mile. Several sites and great views. I would rate the trail as moderate mainly because of the continuous elevation climb, the distance and the rocky trail conditions.

backpacking
4 months ago

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Monday, May 19, 2014

hiking
Saturday, February 16, 2013

While this hike is rated as difficult, I would say it's actually moderate. It's a great hike for a new backpacker because the effort/reward ratio is really high. The cirque at Baker Lake is beautiful and, other than the fact that it's too high in elevation for a campfire, it might be one of the best campsites in the country.