Penelope and I were attending the Great Basin Astronomical Show at the Great Basin NP so decided to hike up the peak. It seems the winds on the peak are often very strong, we experienced one of those days. But the hike was great. The whole GBNP experience was wonderful and the night sky an incredible sight.
Biked to the trailhead from Baker, then did the standard trail. Been eyeing this peak for years, happy to finally bag it, although it was a smokey day. Awesome ride down!
Zero trail from Baker Lake, in fact very few signs others have been here, though many have. I bagged both Baker Peaks on the way up, then slogged over the ridge to Wheeler, then back down to the lake. GPS tracks
Not a great strategy to climb the day before my first mountain bike race, but YOLO
It was a smoky day so the views weren’t as good as they probably usually are, but it was still worth the hike. I love the huge rock shelters at the top.
I have always wanted to climb this one and this summer I was able to put together a last minute trip to the area and climb this. Not going to lie it was not very difficult. for sure the Easiest 13ner I have ever climbed. The views were insane and The hike up is amazing staring at the massive cliffs. Stopped at the lake on the way down and that for sure is worth it. Great Basin is small and Isolated but is still a really cool National Park.
My highest summit so far. Nice to have a road to 10,161 ft. Great day but wind very strong. Another hiker suggested that the ranch to the west of Wheeler, should be named Pac Man Ranch.
Took the long route, all the way up from Upper Lehman Creek Campground. Hit up Doso Doyabi after before heading back to the campground.
Pleasant surprise in the middle of the Great Basin. Will be going back for a ski tour.
Had a great family outing. Journey turned a bit blue on the summit after a while, so I ran down pretty quick with her on my back until she started acting normal again. Probably being paranoid, but erred on being cautious.
Taos is fantastic!!
You have the wrong peak. This one is Wheeler Peak, Nevada.
There's an excellent trail to the summit. Climbed alone in extremely high winds and very cold. Stayed maybe 10 minutes on the summit, hauled ass down to find a perfect day below...no winds below 11,000'.
The day before a late summer storm had come through and dropped a little snow on the peak. Not enough to really affect us, but the winds were still blowing the remnant clouds through, along with an occasional snow shower. It made for some gorgeous views.
Took the trail
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!
Utah holiday weekend
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.
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!
Wheeler Peak, NV