Explore the most popular hiking trails near Baker with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

13 days ago

I took my 7 year old son here for his first backpacking trip! We went in mid June and there were lots of creeks , so we stopped frequently to dip our heads in to cool off. Tons of flowers and green aspen at this time of year. There were some snow drifts near the top and trees that had blown down across the trail, but we didn't have any problems with that. I tracked the trail with my GPS and it said we went 7.3 miles one way! I have backpacked a lot, and I thought that this was a much longer trail than 5.2 miles one way. So just a heads up on expecting a few miles longer. With my son it took 5 and a half hours to get there and 4 hrs to get back. He was a trooper and we made it. Once we got to the lake we set up camp to the left. We weren't able to go to the far side of the lake as there were others already camped there. Our spot was beautiful. But the ground is rocky, so be prepared with a nice sleeping pad!! Finding a good flat spot where we were was a little challenging. The temperature got down to mid 30's but we weren't cold as we dressed accordingly. The stars are amazing!!! The cliffs are very unstable that surround the lake, don't attempt to climb them!! So about every half hour big boulders were falling and rolling down the cliffs. One boulder was so loud that it woke us up in the middle of the night, which frightened my son. We were sleeping well away from the cliffs, but just a heads up! All in all it was worth the trip and I was very proud of my son for making the trek!! I highly recommend this lake!

18 days ago

Beautiful hike to Stella Lake and Teresa Lake. we did it in the late afternoon and didn't see one person the whole hike. I recommend following the creek above Teresa Lake to check out the natural spring!

19 days ago

Amazing loop, especially on the Stella Lake side.

19 days ago

The cave tour is a must. One of the coolest caves I've been through!

Book tickets in advance at recreation.gov or else you'll likely not get tickets in the summer time.

27 days ago

The National Park features this arch but yet it has very poor accessibility. After about 11 miles of dirt road you hit the washed out remains of a road. Even with 4WD we had to park and walk 1 mile up the wash to the trail head. The area has recently been burned out so you are exposed on trail. A moderate switch back trail, nice wildflowers, zero people! There are many other nice hikes in GB; if time is limited, do something else.

27 days ago

The 90 minute tour good. The whole park was beautiful. It wasn't all open due to snow. But what was open was a mix of river, granite, christmas trees and lite green trees. Gorgeous place. Bring your own food. There are VERY few places to eat in Baker, Nv

Challenging hike in October due to high wind and early snow. We hadn't planned on going to the top and weren't dressed properly (no gloves) so we had to take shelter near the top behind a rock wall and decided to turn back after watching the people ahead of us continually slip and fall in the icy snow. Next time!

Have lots of water the last mile is the hardest beautiful view. Wear comfy shoes lots of loose gravil so be very careful

Fantastic trail with a big payoff at the end... sitting with the bristlecones was a memorable experience for my son (eight) and I. Elevation makes the trail more moderate than it otherwise would be, but we still beat the minimum recommended trail time of two hours round trip even with a reasonable amount of time spent amongst the trees.

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.

Spectacular day. Trail is fairly moderate with good amounts of loose stone fill in some areas. Trees are majestic in their own way. Seeing living things this old is humbling.

Great hike, deceivingly difficult. The elevation, wind, and, rocky terrain made the last 2 miles a struggle. The view was worth it though.

Great trip! We started out on the Baker Lake Creek Trail. This is a well-maintained trail with gradual inclines. Shady. Lots of water. We were really impressed with it. We camped at Baker Lake and then made our way up to the saddle the next morning. There were cairns to guide our way up. There was snow on the right-hand side, but it was dry on the other. This wasn't too hard, and was easier than we thought it would be. At the top of the saddle we dropped our packs and hiked up to Pyramid Peak. Again, this was not as difficult as we though it would be. Only the strong winds and elevation made it strenuous. Came back down and made our way down the saddle's other side. This was a little sketchy, as there was snow. We made our way around the snow and picked our way down. There was lots of loose dirt and rocks the first 1/4 of the way down. Slid a few times. The trail became clear after that and was much less steep. Not sure if there's a better way than the way we went. Made our way down to Johnson Lake and then down the rest of Baker Lake Creek Trail that hooks up with South Fork Baker Creek and Timber Creek. We took the way that connects to Timber Creek Trail and met up with the trailhead at the end.

Part of the trail is closed due to the strawberry fire. We went a bit past the trail closure sign, ended up doing 4 mi round trip. Great views! Cool to learn about the history of the trail.

Very hard excruciating, not just difficult. very steep and rocky but the river was gorgeous with early spring run off. you follow the river the whole way. Snow was dangerous. some places 3 feet on the steep trail.

2 months ago

We went on March 3, 2018. Though it was winter, they do one or two tours a day on winter weekends. It was full, even then! If you want to go in the summer, book well in advance. The guide was awesome as she knew a lot about the cave and could give us a lot of facts (both social and scientific) about the cave. The cave is modernized with steps, cement pathways and lights. Our tour was 1.5 hours and well worth it!

I did try to record the path, but since you are underground, you can not record the path, no GPS signal. The recording and map of this path provided here is most likely the above ground visitor center nature trail loop.

See our video: https://youtu.be/LQWllU_aeOY

3 months ago

I loved the creek running alongside the trail. At the top you have great views of wheeler peak. I did it without snowshoes and I was fine!

the high elevation made it a slow hike. great views

Ah!!! This trail was awesome! The hike itself is not very difficult except for some snow/ ice patches (October), but the trees were phenomenal! You get right up in the patches of Bristlecone Pines and there's educational signs for those of us in the nerd community. Loved it!

scenic driving
4 months ago

We went up to Upper Lehman Creek as the road past this point was closed. Unfortunately, my recording stopped for the actual road this is for, but I took photos and wanted to share them along the track to get the GPS points. It is nice to see in the winter, but as the road to the top is closed, it will be good to go back in the summer.

This is more like a short walk, not a hike. The one thing that surprised me about the tundra is if it is moist/wet, you can sink down a little in it and it's slippery, so do be careful of that. We came in the winter, so some areas of the trail were snowy or slippery. The one good thing about this walk is it is available to walk even in the winter, when most of the park is closed.

4 months ago


on Alpine Lakes Trail

8 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.

26 October 2017. Summit in about 2.5 hrs. Descent in about 1.5 hrs. First 2.5 miles in about 1 hr. Last 1.5 miles in an hour. Last half mile plus definitely more difficult but ALL worth it!!! Beautiful weather, cold, 32 at summit with 20-25 mph north wind. Amazing views. Will do again!!

The trail to the lake is garnished by aspens and vegetation along the creek. The creek in many areas is pleasant to see and hear. The backdrop of the mountains surrounding the lake are awe inspiring but I felt the lake was small and it was in fact a long walk but worth the reward.

This trail starts out mellow with a side skirt to a lake. The aspens on the trail are spectacular. The lake is a Good resting spot. As you ascend the difficulty increases and about 1/2 mile from the top there was icy snow on the trail and quite slick.
I suggest gloves and a windbreaker.
The wind chill was so cold my fingers were numb and I had to grip the pen at the registers in a fist.
Views were amazing and the descent is fast.
Morning provides better light for photos in the glacial drainage.

A superb drive up and down Wheeler Peak to an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet. The Peak itself is at 13,000. Hiking opportunities from Wheeler Peak Campground and its parking lot lead to a number of Great Basin NP’s sweetest trails, including Bristlecone.

on Baker Lake Trail

9 months 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.

scenic driving
9 months ago

Beautiful drive with a few turnouts for great photo opps. Ends near a campground with a few trails that lead out of it. There is a short half-mile trail if you don't have too much time that is very easy to do; has some information boards.

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