Visiting the Great Basin National Park with my family and parents. My Dad and I stole away for half a day to hike this peak. Beautiful place with big mountain feel. Plenty of snow on top and great expansive views. Dramatic cliffs and lakes with a rocky mountain feel. I plan to go back and climb more peaks.
My wife and I summited on a regrettably hazy day. Smoke from the California fires was so thick we could barely make out the neighboring mountains by the time we were headed down. Left from the Wheeler campground parking lot around 8:30. Got back down around 3:00. Not bad for a couple in their mid-60's.
Will do trip report soon, but here's a snapshot. I got started at 05:15 this morning after car camping at trailhead. The wildfire haze luckily didn't obscure immaculate early morning views of the summit and its high neighbor Jeff Davis Peak, as I approached from below. I got short of breath during the final 300 vertical meters or so, which was presumably due to lack of sleep and the altitude, but more the altitude of course. I was first on the summit, and then one person, then another, then another arrived. On way down droves of people, maybe 50 total, were still ascending or beginning to ascend.
The most challenging aspect of the hike was traversing over practically granulated rock from the foot traffic within those, I'd say, final 300 vertical meters. On the way down I either mildly or nearly hyperextended a knee as some of these "soft" patches of rocky trail gave way beneath my weight. Total time for round trip including some stops to chat was just less than 6 hours.
I'd personally recommend starting early during the height of the summer, for it was pleasantly cool the entire way up. By the time I returned to the car it was hot as the sun rode high.
The summit of Wheeler Peak affords grand views, but getting there is tough. The final 1,000' consists of rocks and small boulders that test your knees on the way up and torture them on the way down. It took longer than I expected to reach the top and even longer to descend. I'm glad I did this but even happier to cross it off the bucket list. Much prefer Wheeler Peak in New Mexico (both peaks are named after U.S. Army officer George Wheeler, who conducted geologic surveys in the West in the late 1800s.)
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.
You have the wrong peak. This one is Wheeler Peak, Nevada.
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!!
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