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Wheeler Peak

Great Basin National Park, NV
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Type: Mountains
Activities: Hiking, Viewing foliage
Description: Hilltop which affords views of an ancient stand of bristlecone pines and Great Basin National Park's only remaining glacier.
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Henderson, Nevada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The view from the top of Wheeler Peak is breathtaking. The air is fresh and crisp. The signage is good with several overlooks on the way up along with camp grounds. Good hiking trails. Dress warm in September. The rangers recommend shoes and socks with ankle supports.

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All Over The Silver State
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68 reviews 68 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Over 10,000 feet! Dress warm and be prepared for thin air. Beautiful views and great smell. We opted out of the "Full Moon" hike (we were under dressed and not up for the altitude). If you love mountain areas, check it out!

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Painesville, Ohio
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

This was a wonderful 12 mile ride up to the top which is at 10,000 ft. There are a few pull offs which give you breath taking views of the Great Basin. We had a wonderful day at Great Basin National Park. I totally recommend this ride up Wheeler Peak.

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Portland, Oregon
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Its about 3000 feet from the parking lot to the summit. A pretty straightforward if strenuous hike past a lake. Some boulder hoppng near the top of the rocky trail. The summit is actualy a narrow ridge with spectacular views in all directions. A very worthwhile hike.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We drove to the top of Wheeler Peak to explore the area. The drive is quite steep and windy. You rise over 3000 feet in elevation on the way up to wheeler peak in just under eight miles. Once at the top there is a campground and parking area so visitors can explore the area. We took the bristlecone tree... More

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Maracaibo, Venezuela
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Wow...tough hike up but completely worth the views at the top! Might be challenging for those who struggle with heights but still worth the adventure!

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New Hampshire
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74 reviews 74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We greatly enjoyed our drive up Wheeler Peak. We could not go all of the way because the road was closed at the snowline, but there was a great parking area with restrooms, views, and decks. From the observation area we saw a flock of wild turkeys in a field below. The mountain views are just amazing. One important note... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Decided to drive out to this truly remote part of the country on Sept 27th of 2013. For those in lower elevations, special planning is needed to visit the higher peaks in the west. The hiking season is from June to late September, weather permitting, so pay careful attention to the weather before packing. We did our research and were... More

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Cincinnati
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

It is a strenuous hike and good physical conditioning is necessary to make it to the top. I went with my father (63) and we made it to the first summit, but didn't take the ridge to the top. I don't recommend this hike for seniors or small children. The last week of September will give you peak foliage -see... More

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halfway, oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Having ridden my motorcycle up the road to the Wheeler Peak campground a few years ago, and having seen the excellent bristlecone forest, I had to climb the mountain. For this trip in late August 2013 my friend Don and I did a number of local trails to become acclimated. At 63 we needed the extra time and there are... More

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