Hit Wheeler, Jeff Davis, and Bald Mountain in the same day. It was spectacular! Great snow conditions, and great audiobook!
The views were nice, although more dry than I expected for December. No snow shoes needed for the climb when we went nor an ice axe.
The roads was closed so we had to start at upper Lehman Campground. The following morning at our camp my thermometer was reading 0 degrees Fahrenheit. There was a lot of wind and spindrift on the upper ridge.
any reasonably fit person can get to peak given a whole day
Started up about 3 pm. Spent some time on the summit and hiked back down to an amazing sunset. Clicked on the headlamp for the last 1/4 mile. Hiking it this way made for a private summit. Love it.
I was in elementary school. The family went for it but only my dad and I made the summit.
Made it, after a couple of valiant unsuccessful Winter attempts.
Beautiful scenery on the hike up, amazing views from the top. A little breezy on the ridgeline but not too bad. Definitely worth the trip.
People were turning around at the ridge below the final buttress due to high winds ... and the wind did rock! I left Rico at the base of that ridge and ascended the the buttress on the north side; which was somewhat sheltered. It took 3 hours and 15 minutes from the trailhead to the top.
We were trying to go for Jeff Davis via the Wheeler trail. Too much wind that day and we would have been in it for the entire Wheeler to Jeff Davis traverse. The rangers are recommending snow shoes, but you don't really need them now.
Freaking windy up high, almost blow-you-over windy. NV should really give Boundary to CA and make this its highest peak -- it's much more interesting and appropriate.
It was a fun trip about 10 years ago. It's worth going out there!
I was greeted at the TH by giant mounds of snow, so I decided to go with pants and boots versus my anticipated shorts and running shoes. It turns out that most of the trail is snow free and I only had to negotiate snow for a few 50 yd sections on the ascent. The bluebird day made for a beautiful summit experience!
Great Basin was always a mysterious NP, but living in Vegas and being a bit worn on the Spring Mountains, I drove to the isolated park. Wheeler is the flagship mountain and can be extremely windy (It was when I was there). People unprepared for the wind chill turned back shortly after treeline. There are wind shelters along the way that are fun to rest at and build upon. If you're on the Lonliest Highway in America, take time to ramble up this peak (& check out the caves too).
Started at 0600 on the summit about 0900, spent a lot of time taking pictures, then a nice hike down. Virtually no wind, and a nice clear sunny day. Over the three day weekend 29 miles and a gain of 9500 ft!
Nice, moderate afternoon hike with Katherine. About five hours round trip.
Up via Summit trailhead (1:59; 4.3 mi; 2900 ft).
Down via Alpine Lakes/Glacier trailhead (1:19; 4.1 mi; 3100 ft).
climbed from Wheeler Pk campground enroute to Jeff Davis
Third consecutive day of climbing. Did Castle Dome two days prior and Mt. Shasta the day before. Peaked in 1:37 without trying hard and round trip in 2:45 running down to make an earlier cave tour. Would be a nice practice hike for something larger.