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Such a great hike. First 2 miles are super simple, and well sheltered by trees. Last 2+ have exposure, super windy and was a bit cold.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike. Once you get to the Bristlecone interpretive area, it's totally worth it to continue on to the glacier hike. You'll wind up looking right up the sheer wall of Wheeler Peak. The sides are lined with incredible cliffs and rock formations that are hundreds of feet tall. It's amazing.

hiking
14 days ago

This is one for the whole family. My kids love this trail. We normally see wildlife along the way to the lakes, and the kids like playing in the water.

hiking
15 days ago

This is a great hike with a secret at the end. You can go past the "end" of the trail and find the actual glacier. That part is pretty difficult and requires some boulder hopping. I wouldn't recommend taking small children past the official end of the trail. There are cairns marking the easiest way up to the glacier, but they are difficult to spot. They line a boulder and rock ridge to the southwest of the "lamp post" at the end of the official trail. You can hear the water rushing from the glacier underneath the rock glacier as you get closer to the ice.

on Alpine Lakes Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike for young kids. More of a walk than a real "hike" but the scenery is pretty great. There were very few other people on the trail and we had both lakes to ourselves for some of the time.

hiking
15 days ago

Breathtaking from the Top

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

The trail is labeled as “hard” and it is. I’m 62 years old and I could do it. But it’s 9.6 miles, 5600 ft total elevation change and the entire trail is above 10k ft. That makes it tough for someone used to a max elevation of 6k that you find east of the Mississippi. And the winds are frequently and issue since you are above the tree line. I encountered 35 mph sustained winds with gusts of 50 mph. And if took me seven hours to complete the hike. If none of this sounds to daunting then you should consider taking this trail.

I rate the landscape photography between a 4 or 5. I went in August. The aspen hadn’t started to change color nor was there any snow on the mountain. Late September may have been better to get snow and the leaf color change. But be prepared for much cooler temperatures.

For those of you that don’t want to invest in the hard climb to the summit, there’s a nice composition 100 yards downhill from the parking lot and another nice opportunity 1/2 mile from the trail head.

I did this on Saturday. For a holiday I expected more people, but I started early in the morning around 7:15. I saw a lot of people on my way down, but never crowded.

Easy class 1. The first 2.5 miles are a breeze. The last climb isn't bad, just pace yourself. Summit was nice and great views.

August 27, 2018 @ 6:30 a.m. I was at the trail head of Wheeler Peak which is at 10,000 ft - Please make sure you sign-in/out at the sign-in station at the trail head. I clocked the distance as being 4.39 miles from trail head to summit which I completed in 2 hrs and 29 minutes with frequent rest and catch your breathe breaks - pace yourself as from the saddle to the summit it's brutal and rocky climb. On this day I encountered 40 mph plus wind gusts that buffeted me the entire length of the saddle (above tree line), but they subsided as I made my way up to the summit. From the saddle to the summit the climb gets much steeper, rockier and the trail fades in spots but is still traceable. The summit is a rocky ridge you can hike from one end to the other. The 360 views are all worth the effort. There are two geo markers at the summit and a log book - all located around the wind shelter. I'm thankful I dressed in layers, brought my wind breaker, gloves, winter hat, trekking poles, 3L of water, electrolyte drink and high energy and high carbohydrate snacks for energy. I also packed a canister of oxygen, just in case I experienced altitude sickness - Thank goodness it wasn't needed, but still know the symptoms of altitude sickness and what action to take should you or fellow hiker experience such. Overall, I truly enjoyed the challenge of hiking the second highest peak in Nevada.

One of my first true summits of a 13er. This hike was doable for a able-bodied college student like myself but I think I took the descent a tad too quick. I was definitely feeling the effects of altitude sickness later that night. Layers are a MUST even in July when I did it. Wonderful panoramic view, you can see for tens of miles in some directions. The last 1/4 is a pretty rigorous climb of some rocks, so be prepared!

Absolutely beautiful. This is a challenging hike, worth the reward. The old buildings from mining and milling were really cool. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. The stream on the way provided delicious drinking water.

hiking
23 days ago

A great, easy-going hike to some lovely viewpoints. I used this trail as an acclimatization hike to prepare for Wheeler the following day, and I think it helped tremendously. Stella lake is very striking at the base of Wheeler. Teresa lake is quite low and a little paltry in comparison, but still a nice destination. I added on the Bristlecone grove to increase the length a little. The walk between points of interest is easy and well signed.

A great, challenging hike to an unbelievably scenic summit. Windy as heck on the exposed portions of the trail; bring a windbreaker and layers. The first two miles go down quick and easy, but once you get through the timber line it is slow and arduous. Got a touch of altitude sickness at about 12500 feet (I'm a low elevation desert-dweller here) but staying hydrated, taking frequent breaks, and nibbling on some snacks helped tremendously. I used poles for the last mile, and was glad to have them.

hiking
25 days ago

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer

Trail was rated as “easy” and that’s appropriate. Trail description is accurate

The best place for photography is at Stella Lake. Nice alpine lake with some foreground interest. I recommend as wide a lens as you have. I used a 19mm with a C sensor and it wasn’t wide enough to capture the scene the way I wanted.

There’s another nice location about 1/2 from the trail head. Mountains in the background with pine trees in the foreground

When I took the trail is August 2018 the water levels at the second lake were very low. If you want to minimize your hike then just do Stella Lake. But the loop is pretty easy. So if you aren’t exhausted when you get to Stella Lake I recommend you just finish the entire loop.

I went in August but there was no snow and the Aspen hasn’t changed color. Late September is probably better but it may be much colder

scenic driving
26 days ago

CROWDED

Wonderful experience.

Very nice hike. The first 2 miles is fast easy tread. Once above the tree line, the trail gets steep and the last mile it gets really steep. Great views of Spring Valley. Steady flow of people coming and going, but not crowded.

Great 13er hike! Started at 6 am and the summit just after 8. First mile is flat and scenic. Next mile has a little incline and then it gets serious. Last mile was fairly steep but switchbacks. Very well marked trail. A lot of traffic on the way down. The detour to the lake is worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

At the end of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is a parking area that takes you to many trails including the Bristlecone Pine and Glacier Trail, and the Alpine Lakes trail which takes you to Stella Lake and Teresa Lake. Stella is the bigger and more impressive of the two, as Teresa is more of a pond. Some great scenery along the way, including walking through a grove of aspens, through a dense plush mountain stream area and across open space which gives you a great view of Wheeler Peak and the glacier. Take a picnic lunch.

hiking
1 month ago

From the parking area at the end of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive are several trailheads including the Bristlecone Pine and Glacier Trail, and the Alpine Lakes trail which takes you to Stella Lake and Teresa Lake. Teresa is more of a pond, and the trail does not have as much variety as the trail to Stella Lake, although you see different wildflowers than at Teresa. Teresa Lake is the closest lake to the Bristlecone Pine trail.

Amazing and very challenging hike! Made it to the summit on 5 August, just start early, it will be a lot cooler and try to avoid the thunderstorms by going early. It is colder on top, pack layers. Wear a hat and lots of sunscreen, also trekking poles help. It is a very hard hike but if you take your time, you can complete it. The trail is very rocky, go slow. It is very windy up there. You can see the trail all the way to the summit if you look closely.

Loved the Bristlecone Pines at the end! On the way back hiked out to Theresa Lake a short side trail halfway down.

Did this yesterday 7/30/18 Teresa lake was very low. Stella lake was pretty but we were a little disappointed that it wasn't great to swim in. I still went in but it was only 2.5 feet deep at it's deepest and very very very soft bottom. I basically floated around trying not to touch the bottom! Still very refreshing. Highly recommend combining this loop with the Bristlecone/Rock glacier trail for a nice 7 mile hike.

Very unique hike. Loved walking through the Bristlecone Grove. We continued up to the end of the trail that goes to the rock glacier and then did the Alpine lakes trail on the way back.

Amazing trail, well worth the effort. Watch out for afternoon storms.

Planning on Hiking this starting early August 13/2018 if anyone would like to join! Email: kelssmith@upei.ca

Fantastic but last mile is really challenging! I almost made it to summit. Got unnerved when the climb started to go vertical on very unstable rocks. The trail becomes faint. Wish I could have completed it! Made it as far as the circle on pic. That’s when it tests you!

hiking
2 months 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!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing loop, especially on the Stella Lake side.

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!

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