The second of three neighboring peaks, Bald, then Wheeler, and the more difficult Jeff Davis. Hail and thunderstorms chased us down earlier than we would have liked.
Ten weeks from my hip replacement to the summit - I took it slow and steady. Saw deer high on the ridge and lots of flowers above 12,000 feet. Slight rain on the way down, great views.
Wandered up with my nephew on June 29, 2013. What a pretty cirque the west face of Wheeler and the north face of Jeff Davis peaks make! Hard to believe there is a glacier this face south!
Started on the main trail and detoured up a snow gully to the summit ridge with a group from the Idaho Hiking Club. Very windy!
They opened the road to the upper campground the day before we arrived in GBNP, so we were able to start at the lake loop and bristlecone pine grove trailhead. We worked our way to the ridge and on up to Wheeler. Made the awesome traverse over to Jeff Davis Peak and descended down a rock spine to the base of Jeff Davis and into the bristlecone forest. From there we caught the bristlecone and lake loop trail and on back to the trailhead. Made for an awesome loop hike.
November and it was cold. Camped at the upper grounds and did the short hike up on a strained leg which I strained right at the start of the ascent. But I had driven 250 miles to do it. Great views, blue and cold with streaks of sunlight through swirling clouds. Hit Pyramid next day.
In near-winter conditions this climb was rewarding. Sunny skies belied the nasty wind (westerly at 20-25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph)and its attendant negative contributions. With 6" to 10" of snow hiding much of the summer trail, taking the "normal" route was nearly impossible. But with good viz it was great to be able to see the goal most of the time. With the Scenic Drive Road closed at Upper Lehman CG the climb this time of year begins at 7,580'. We hiked to the Wheeler Peak CG, camped and left for the summit the following morning
Climbed this peak with 6" or so of snow on the ground and 4 kids. 6,7,7,& 10 yrs of age. It was a fun xp for all.
Went up via the standard route on a sunny fall day. Not only my first time hiking over 13k feet, but also over 12k. My wife got very close to the top but had to head down due to feeling a bit sick, so I zipped up to the summit myself and then ran down to catch her at the saddle between Wheeler and Bald Mtn. I really wanted to do Bald Mtn afterward -- my legs felt just fine -- but my head was throbbing from the altitude. Next time!
Climbed The with Mtybmpo in 2:20 from the trail head followed up with Jeff Davis Peak and back down with a finnish climb on Mt Baldy. Fun day in the park with a very long trip back to Idaho that same day
Climbed in 2:20. Great Basin is an awesome park! We also did Jeff Davis and Bald Mountain and repeated Wheeler on the way back from Jeff Davis to Baldy. It was very smoky so the views weren't as spectacular as they could have been. I will certainly be back!
Did the Traverse. Started on the Wheeler Peak trail at 8 and summitted Wheeler around 10ish. We went for the traverse, did the Needle and then did Jeff Davis. Weather started rolling in on us on Jeff Davis so we booked it down. Awesome view of Wheeler's incredible NE face!
After successfully summiting Kings Peak (UT) the previous day, and with a bad storm looming in those mountains, I made the long, boring drive westward to Great Basin National Park. I was the first summiter of the day, signed the logbook in the summit mailbox, and headed down. The best part of the hike was experiencing little-to-no wind, which I have heard seldom happens there. But my peakbagging that day was not over, yet. This weekend would be full of all of the classic elements of a solo out-of-state Redwic peakbagging trip: Long drives, long hikes, little sleep.
got up early to watch the sunrise from the ridge. First one up to the top of the day
Finally made it to this special place. Truly an oasis. Beautiful alpine zone miles above the desert. Standard hike was chill & fun. Did it with Faith. 5:20 c2c. Would like to check out caves if I make it back here. A winter ascent would be cool, too.
Climbed it in 60-80 mph winds, had a great time with the wind howling!
Went up the standard trail. Tagged Bald Mountain on the way down. Went on to climb North Schell in the afternoon for 2 ultra prominence peaks in one day.
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.