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Bristlecone Pine Glacier Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Baker, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 4.5 mi Elevation gain 1,059 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

No dogs

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The Glacier Trail is the continuation of the Bristlecone Trail for a total of 4.6 miles RT. It continues beyond the bristlecone pine grove to the only glacier in Nevada, nestled beneath Wheeler Peak. Terrain is rocky and you can encounter snow as well. The Bristlecone Pine Glacier Trail leads into bristlecone forests and the trailhead is located at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive at the Bristlecone Parking area. Trail winds through groves of park's ancient trees and up into a glacier cut canyon to the nation's southern-most glacier. Trail is 4.6 miles RT with gain of 1100 ft. Midway the trail has interpretive signs that provide information about famous trees. Glacier Trail is the continuation of Bristlecone Trail to beyond bristlecone pine grove to the only glacier in Nevada - Wheeler Peak Glacier, nestled beneath Wheeler Peak - and takes you across piles and piles of glacial-cut rocks.

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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Adrienne Burger
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We were at the park a month ago and it was gorgeous. This hike was moderately difficult but so rewarding. Kids ages 10- 14 all enjoyed it. Our kids ages 5-8 didn't make it all the way to the glacier but enjoyed what they did do.

Christina Darr
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Hiking

Great hike!

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Kim Higginson
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Dave Law
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Hanna Pitz
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Hiking

This trail is a MUST when visiting Great Basin! Definitely take some time to reflect around the 3,000 year old pines about halfway in. Very well maintained trail.

Sasha Nakoryakov
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Michelle Bruback
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What a hike! Quite a elevation to say the least. Total elevation we hiked was 10,717ft and took us a total of 4.5 miles out and back. I ended up with slight mountain sickness so take your elevation gain serious if you suffer from a low red blood cell count due to anemia. The hike was great and if you’re up for a challenge this is your trail. Please be mindful of the stacked rocks during the last quarter of the trail they are not secure. Happy hiking!

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Manasa Anil
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beautiful hike! gradual elevation gain. covered Teresa lake and headed to the glacier. spotted some folks scrambling all over. if you look carefully, there's a trail to the glacier even amidst the rocks. yes, the last about a mile is Rocky, so just wear comfortable shoes. nothing you can't do. I spotted some folks stop midway, trust me it's worth the view take your time and March right on:)

Andrew Gifford
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Hiking

Nice casual hike to enjoy some of the scenery of Great Basin. You make it up to the Glacier where you can expect plenty of wind and chill, but not too bad. I was fine in a t shirt, but a windbreaker would be nice. Be ready for plenty of rocks over the last .75 miles before the end point

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Robert Siple
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Hiked this on june 27 th 20. great hike. to the glacier... also hiked to the 2 lakes also. temps in the 60s and 70s diring the day. low 40s at night. nice people on the trail. stayed in Ely. nice little town.

Clisby White
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(Aug 2018) The bristlecone pines were the highlight of the trip for me. Amazing to see these ancient trees still going strong at 10K of elevation. Took some really cool photos of them and headed back down. Trail was rocky and steep in some places but nothing too rough.

Lauren Larsen
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I would recommend this trail for all hikers. It’s not too long with some amazing views of the mountain summit and the valley below. It is very rocky, so wear comfortable shoes in good condition.

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Anka Plesoianu
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HikingIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Amazing trail! Get her done !

Victoria Clites
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HikingRockySnow

We hiked this with our kids ages 9, 7, 5 and 5. It took a little over 3 hours and that included time to stop and play in the snow. It was a great hike!

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Derek Lupus
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We only ended up going to the bristlecone pine grove. It was absolutely gorgeous though. Just beware of lots of flys.

Lynn Alvey
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David Platt
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The route takes you to a dramatic view of the glacier/mountains, almost right up to their base. En route, there are by far the most interesting and photogenic bristlecones I've seen (admittedly not that I've seen a thousands). I also really appreciated the info panels explaining all the mountain terms I've heard but never really understood (until now!), e.g. cirque, moraine, glacier. Trail itself is easy if you're comfortable with rocks. It was the elevation that slowed me down the most. Even after being acclimated to 5,000 ft for a month, the 10-11,000 ft altitude in this hike had me going 30-40% slower than normal on the uphills (downhills were normal) There were only a few short stretches of packed snow -- you're fine in regular hiking boots and can leave the spikes behind. I took a short detour to do the Alpine Lakes Loop on the way back, which I highly recommend. After seeing the glacier up in the mountains, it was really cool to see the melt streams in action filling up the lakes, especially Lake Teresa.

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