Loved it! Highly underrated peak in a highly underrated National Park. Worth a trip to the middle of nowhere. The last 1000 ft. or so is brutal. Amazing view from the top.
got hailed out on a first attempt at this peak- brrr, had to come back and try it again. really enjoyed this one.
Pleasant and scenic route in one of the least crowded national parks I have ever visited. I hiked down to the shores of the alpine lakes on the way back from the summit.
My slideshow is here: Wheeler Peak in Great Basin NP
Winter ascents in Nevada are different than in Utah. You do not need ski gear, avy gear, ropes, harnesses, ice axe, and crampons. As mentioned by appachedino, it was so incredibly windy. I was making a 45 degree with the ground and the wind was holding me up. Sweet summit, skied down via moonlight.
I got a new 4 sesason for X-mas and decided to put it to use. We snowshoed/skinned from upper Lehman Campground to Wheeler campground for the night. The next morning after sleeping in a bit we ascended the ridge and were met by 90 MPH winds that threatened to blow beanies right off of yyour head and knock you into the rocks. Pebbles and ice constantly got in the eyes and at some point the mountain wind stole my glasses. Yet we made the summit and watched a beautiful sunset on the way down and enjoyed a nice moonlight snowshoe back to cam. Excellent views from the top of a very isolated area.
After 10+ hrs of driving, we took it easy and spent the night at Wheeler Peak Campground - no bear box and bear canister required. Woohoo! (We planned to go backpacking in the Baker Lake area on the 3rd day, so it was a blessing that no bear canister was required.)
The hike was amazingly short for a county HP, or rather the 2nd HP in a state. (Yeah, the main reason why we made the last minute decision, grabbed our gear, jumped in the car, and here we were summiting.)
Come to think about it, it did seem a little bit ridiculous (in a good way) driving over a thousand mile just to hike up a summit that is 8 miles round trip.
Oh well, it was the last minute decision. We needed to go somewhere for the 4th of July weekend w/o permits and reservation... ohhh and w/o the crowds. Great Basin NP was just the perfect place to be. :>
Big portion of the trail was covered by the snow, so we had a little fun and adventure.
There were some people but most turned back.
Loved the last part of ascent - there should still be a trail but somehow I ended up scrambling my way up so it was fun. (Yup, I love to scramble and climb MUCH MORE than to hike.)
For some reasons, I really loved this mountain.
The sunset moment was unforgettable...
Started early in the morning from Wheeler Peak campground. (August 2004) We saw very few other people the whole trip. The weather was warm and skies were clear, but the wind on the summit ridge was strong and made it a bit chilly. Nice out-of-the-way National Park.
I've climbed this 13 er several times as a training hike. The view from the top isn't as spectacular as most -- just brown desert.
Started out with Gina before weather became a factor. I sent her back down the trail as I raced for the summit. Snow, hail and an electrical storm motivated me to bag this without delay. Much to my surprise I found Brad? (from Denver) hanging out on the summit either practicing to be a lightning rod, or testing his Goretex jacket. He snapped my photo and stayed up there as I jetted outta there and back down the mountain.
Early start, overrun by boy scouts. Still, a great hike. Visited the Lehman Caves on a later visit.
Clear but very windy day. Nice views.
July 6th Diane and I got a late start on this hike. We made it up to 11,800 feet before a storm moved in and chased us off the peak with it's rain, hail, thunder & lighting.
We returned on July 20th and made a successful summit. This time we hit the trailhead at 5 AM so we'd beat the afternoon thunderstorms.
We summited at 10 AM. Spent about 45 minutes at the summit and reached the trailhead at about 2 PM. So 9 hours round trip. We didn't break any speed records, but had a great time.
This was a tough hike for two out of shape middle agers but it was well worth it.
We both experienced small bouts of altitude sickness that passed rather quickly. Well maybe they didn't pass but became tolerable is more like it.
The views from the top are phenominal
Loved every minute of this beautiful hike. We had a perfect summit day...blue skies, sunshine, and little wind. See our trip report and photo gallery here Wheeler Peak
One of my top ten favorite mountains. The trail is obvious even though it traverses over rock for the last few miles.
I felt sick (sore throat and fever) it rained on me and cleansed me of my illness. A magical place. I think it was 2004 in July.
Got bored in Utah and decided to check this place out. Arrived late at night knowing nothing about the park or mountain. Read a couple signs in the morning and headed up. Overall a great mountain!
I have passed Baker and Wheeler several times. Finally on a trip destined for the Palisades of California (and disaster with a fridge sized rock, my right leg, the north face of Polemonium, many painful repels, hoobling accross the Pal glacier, a sore night in tent, a scarry heli ride, a tizzy with the unneccessarry ambulance, and a hot ride home.) Oh, thats another story...
Anyway I had jsut planned to hike to the Bristlecones and maybe to the "glacier" above. We kept on up to the lookers right up a some fun ledges slightly on the face and through the choke of the twisting couloir. Thismiddle section featured large loose boulders that were somewhat unnerving and would be more fun with mid-late may spring snow. The views on this route were awesome! YOu get to see everything. Ondescent we detoured to the pretty lakes west of the peak... Wish I had my fishing pole, I'm not very good but I wouldn't mind trying a Bonneville Trout. We did have a nice grilled steak picnick at the trailhead and then headed on into the night to drive accross the desert without such searing heat until wehit Badwater and the nasty over heating pass out of Death Valley to Big Pine!
Really incredible views of the basin and range country, but watch out for those thunderstorms...
A beautiful morning turned into some pretty marginal weather by noon. There were only five people on the mountain that day - including three guys who had made an alpine start and were on the summit for sunrise. Saw lots of deer that day and the winds on the ridge were VERY strong. Awesome views. Great experience.
I climbed this one in August, 1972 with my Mom and Dad (Lois and Lawrence) my older brother Barton, and my sister-Jane and my brother Eric. My mom and sister haven't hiked above 13,000 feet since.
Wonderful afternoon, lots of solitude. I only saw two other hikers, just above treeline, who had turned back and tried to deter me with tales of unbearable wind. Not too bad though, and the aspens below were at the height of color.