Smoky day, reduced visibility. Slow ascent on standard route (thanks to a lingering case of bronchitis). Lots of people on trail up and down.
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!
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
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.
Windy and cold enough on the saddle to make the hike a bit challenging, lots of rime.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
Got a late start and made it off the summit just in time for a late afternoon thunderstorm.
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.
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.
My husband and I spent a few days prior to our summit in GBNP and enjoyed a lovely backpack adventure on the Baker/Johnson Lake Loop.
This was our first 13er and it was a nice one!
Brutish and cold despite being high summer. Winds up to 50 miles an hour and hard, chunky rain. On the other hand I was about the only person going up that day. Five hours round trip.
Note: The official GPS distance of 8.6 miles can be deceiving...actual paced distance using a pedometer was 11.88. That would account for the 3000 foot vertical!
Elevation started kicking my trash around 12,500', but I persevered! 2:20 from trailhead to summit. What a way to celebrate America -- gorgeous day on a beautiful mountain. Summer squall was refreshing, too.
Used the Summit Trail from the parking lot. Stopped at nearby Stella Lake, went to the top of the ridge just below treeline. Trail is composed entirely of rocks from this point. Beautiful wildflowers, altitude starting kicking my ass around 12,000 feet. Reached the summit at noon, three hours after we started. Cloudy day but visibility was excellent, views from the top are absolutely breathtaking!
Arrived day before, camped at Wheeler Peak campground at 10,000 feet. Drove back to main trailhead and started out at 6:00am. At about 6:20am a mountain lion ran across the trail, no more than 20 yards in front of me, and continued down into meadow. It was right by a fenced-in area for a water station. After this, trip was not remarkable. Reached summit at 9:30am. Got back to trailhead at 12:30. Only one small patch of snow left to cross near summit, not a big deal, no crampons needed. So 6.5 hour round trip. Great trail, well marked. Parents with smaller kids should watch out for the mountain lion & stay with the group and make noise in the wooded section. Rangers said there have been four sightings that month. They are out at dawn and dusk to hunt mostly I think.