Wheeler Peak Climber's Log

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David Mortensen

David Mortensen - Jul 19, 2019 10:32 am Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2019

Wheeler  Sucess!

This was my first time visiting Great Basin National Park. It is in the middle of nowhere, and I loved it! Melissa and I really enjoyed the hike to the summit of Wheeler Peak . There were a few snowfields (still lingering in July) that we had to avoid but nothing we could not handle. The views from the top were quite extraordinary. I really liked the area!


mdp1342 - Dec 27, 2018 4:24 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2007

A little rain, a little snow, a little hail  Sucess!

Utah holiday weekend


edevart - Sep 25, 2018 5:07 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2018

Gorgeous two hours on the summit  Sucess!

Crowded, for obvious reasons. But still gorgeous. Sat on the summit for 20 mins before everyone took off then had almost two hours up there to myself. Nevada is radical.

T. White

T. White - Sep 25, 2018 11:05 am Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2018

Clear, but very windy  Sucess!

The only thing more wicked than the talus was the wind, with 60-70 MPH gusts along the entire ridge. Lots of people going up on a Saturday, but few were making the short hop to the dropoff overlooking Jeff Davis and the rock glacier... that's where the best views were!

md - Aug 24, 2018 9:45 am Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2018

Wheeler Peak, NV  Sucess!

Wheeler Peak, NV


davidsanger - Aug 7, 2018 7:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2018

slow up and down  Sucess!

Smoky day, reduced visibility. Slow ascent on standard route (thanks to a lingering case of bronchitis). Lots of people on trail up and down.

Catenaccio - Feb 6, 2018 8:58 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2017

A great day hike!  Sucess!

A bucket list item. Started at 6:45A was back to the trailhead by 1:00P. Took a lot of pics and really enjoyed the views. Plan to do it again next year with kids and g-kids!


LazyJSkwires - Oct 29, 2017 10:25 pm Date Climbed: Oct 28, 2015

Cold  Sucess!

Cold and windy at the top. Started from the lower trailhead for that extra long summit hike. If I had gone up the day after the wind would have been 80+ MPH at the top

Charlie Brumbaugh - Sep 8, 2017 8:59 pm Date Climbed: May 20, 2017

Sunrise Acent  Sucess!

Got up in time to watch the sunrise from the top, had to use crampons for most of the ascent and an ice axe for the last 500 vertical.


mariavontrapp - Nov 21, 2016 8:24 pm Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2016

Cold n' windy!

Windy and cold enough on the saddle to make the hike a bit challenging, lots of rime.


technicolorNH - Oct 17, 2016 11:07 pm Date Climbed: Oct 17, 2016

Bitter cold  Sucess!

Three hours and ten minutes via the standard route. Hoarfrost was everywhere from the saddle on up and visibility from start to summit was never more than fifty meters in any direction. It might have been a few degrees above zero but the wind chill was definitely below -10. After Wheeler I decided Bald Peak looked interesting and bagged that too, for just under a seven hour day.


ridings82 - Aug 29, 2016 3:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2016

Awesome Hike  Sucess!

Great Basin is a beautiful National Park and there's no better way to experience it than the hike up Wheeler Peak. Relatively easy hike that gets a little steep towards the end. Made it to the summit in 2:10 and descended in a little under 2 hrs.

Standard Route: 08/28/2016, 08/06/2017


jdmorehouse - Jul 17, 2016 1:17 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2016

2nd Ascent  Sucess!

Drove from Lamoille (after climbing Ruby Dome the day before) and got on the trail by 11:30. Up and back in five hours. Breezy. Even though it was a Friday, the trail had a couple of dozen people on it, most coming down from the peak. The campground was full (and noisy late into the night).


AbinadiWitness - May 24, 2016 5:48 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2014

Fun in GBNP! :)  Sucess!



cab - Feb 22, 2016 3:57 pm Date Climbed: Feb 20, 2016

From Upper Lehman Creek Picnic Area  Sucess!

Even with snowshoes, there was lots of postholing from the start to the summer TH due to a recent storm. Above Stella Lake, we were able to ditch the snowshoes and move to crampons which was nice. We climbed the chute just east of the ridge that the summer trail follows. Weather was great and winds weren't too bad for February.


SabineInUtah - Aug 20, 2015 4:12 pm Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2015

Nice desert peak!  Sucess!

Started from the Wheeler Peak Campground and hiked with AKB and RDB. Very windy, but fantastic day. The trail to the peak could be more direct, but a nice hike. Saw a flock of about 15 male wild turkeys and a few females with young ones along the way. Easy peak that kids can do.


Highpointer1837 - Aug 8, 2015 5:30 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2014

Great Hike  Sucess!

Got a late start and made it off the summit just in time for a late afternoon thunderstorm.


Shaylee - Jul 20, 2015 6:16 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2015

Wheeler  Sucess!



Scott - Jul 20, 2015 6:14 pm Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2015

Wheeler  Sucess!

Kessler wasn’t feeling well, so he didn’t make it very far up the trail. Kim, Shaylee, my dad, and I climbed Wheeler Peak on a very sunny and warm day. It was a beautiful climb and we spent quite a bit of time on time,

On the way down, I also did a side trip and climbed Bald Mountain. The rest of the group went straight to the campsite. Climbing Bald Mountain with Wheeler Peak made a good all day trip.


edge - Jul 14, 2015 10:08 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2015

Beautiful Night Sky  Sucess!

Started hiking up at midnight during a clear night with no moon in sight. The winds on the ridge were fierce and I had to really dig in to keep moving forward, the altitude didn't help either since I was at sea level hours ago. Luckily I made it to the top, and it is completely worth hiking in the dark! The sky was absolutely stunning! It's like I could see the entire universe! Unfortunately what took away a little from this experience was the brutal cold at night with 30-50 mph gusts. It was hard going to sleep since my sleeping bag wasn't very good at keeping me warm on the summit. It was worth watching the sunrise from the peak, though, it was one of the best sunrises I've ever seen. My plan was to hit Jeff Davis and Baker Peak that day but the cold the altitude and my heavy pack really took it's toll even so carrying those binoculars up was worth the extra weight. All in all though, definitely a hike worth doing at night.

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