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Wheeler PeakElko, NV
Elko, NV
Hiking avatar Jul 30 2016
BiFrost
Hiking14.26 Miles 3,611 AEG
Hiking14.26 Miles   7 Hrs   39 Mns   2.22 mph
3,611 ft AEG   1 Hour   13 Mns Break
 
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Weekend in Great Basin National Park. The goal first day was to hike Wheeler Peak but we got a late start about 930 from the Summit TH. First two miles are easy trail with very nice aspen sections and mixed conifer. Eventually the trail hits the ridgeline which leads straight to the summit but unfortunately the majority of the elevation is in that last 2 miles. And with the late start the clouds started to build and we had to make a decision. About 600 feet and four tenths of a mile from the summit we ended up retreating from the ridgeline because of thunder and lightning.

Once back down the mountain of course things cleared up so we did side trip on Alpine Lakes loop first to Stella Lake and then Teresa Lake. After passing the lakes there is a side trail up to an old glacier which is now a Rock Glacier. There is a small ice field where the glacier used to be but it was still cool to see the glacial forces that created the valley as the trail weaves through piles of debris and moraine.

After that we headed back to camp in Wheeler Peak campground for happy hour with some tasty beverages. We had also decided to give Wheeler Peak another go next day but with a much earlier start.
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