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.
Outstanding area, climbed with foo-foo bear, fun climb and snow on summit!! Continued on to summit Jeff Davis peak. Loved GBNP and this trip was followed by a delightful tour of some Nevada hot springs!
Took the standard route up with my friend Brian after a couple days of eating nothing but apples, salami, crackers, and beer. Had the peak to ourselves. The snowpack was far lower than it was in July of 2011.
Perfect road trip peak. We were lucky...sunny, warm, calm. Lots of fun.
An exhausting ascent in soft snow. Lots of post-holing even while wearing snowshoes. Wind on the ridgeline was fierce. Summit log indicated only one other winter ascent since November 2014. Views at the top were absolutely spectacular.
to sign the register when this was the highest peak in the State!
Clear Day, no wind on top. A little snow on the trial from 12,500 to top. 6 people climbing on a Friday. Great place to hike, well marked trail, no permits or regulations to deal with and clear views in all directions.
Was the first to make the summit that day but it was extremely cold and windy, thought I was going to get blown off the ridge. Also the summit was off and on in clouds but it cleared later in the morning. As I was back down in the forest it looked like storms were moving in.
Hiked Wheeler Peak along with the Grafton liner the previous day to complete my NV COHP project! Great peak to finish up on. The weather looked threatening on the ascent but nothing came of it. The views are stunning and the hike isn't too hard. Camped in the upper Lehman CG and got a bit of rain the night before. All-in-all a wonderful park and peak... I will be back.
Scenic class 1 hike.
Cold and windy, but kicked my way to the summit. Took a few quick photos and headed back down. Only one other climber on the mountain that day.
Snowshoes and all. Backpacked in from Upper Lehman to TH. Made the summit the next day.
Beautiful clear day to start that quickly turned thunderstormy.
Probably the most humid I've ever seen it above 10k.
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Left Pasco at 3pm, made it to Wells and got a $50 special at the super 8 around 11pm. Lost my debit card, and didn't leave wells until after 6am, which meant I arrived at the trailhead a little late, just after 9am. Decided to go for it anyway, even with thunderstorms rolling up the valley to the west. Summited around 11, thunderstorms overtook the mountain around 11:10. I managed to run down to treeline from the summit in probably 10-15 minutes. There was at least 7 people I counted still up above 12k feet when the torrential rains set in. For being kind of a mild hike, it was an adventure. Wheeler Peak has been near the top of my to do list for 5 years now, happy to have experienced it. Fully deserving of its National Park status. Anyway, 1500 miles of driving in a 48 hour window with two peaks bagged, a new record for me.
Climbed it for the second time exactly a year from the first time. Took my Scout troop to GBNP and we all made it to the top. Great trip!
Needing some elevation training for the upcoming Sierra season, we headed to eastern Nevada to climb one of the giants of the Great Basin, Mr. Wheeler. Drove all night Friday from LA, set up camp, then hiked to the top. No sleep, 600+ mi drive, coming from sea level. Felt surprisingly good. Temps were nice and the views absolutely fantastic. Had no energy to add nearby Jeff Davis Peak. Enjoyed the rest of the day by hiking up to the bristlecone pine grove. Toured Lehman Caves before driving back the next day. Great Basin NP is just fabulous!