Bristlecone Pine Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Bristlecone Pine Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately 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 birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1092 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

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.

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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

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

Sunday, August 07, 2016

The ancient Bristlecone Pines are an incredible unique feature. The trail itself is fun and not overly challenging. it meets up with the Alpine Lake trail as well.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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