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Address: Great Basin National Park, NV
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Scenic, 2.7-mile hiking trail at Nevada's Great Basin National Park.

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Beautiful Walk in the Woods

The 2.7 mile loop trail passes two sub-alpine lakes. Teresa Lake is almost a small pond after years of drought, Stella Lake has fared better. There was wonderful fall color in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
Davis K
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The 2.7 mile loop trail passes two sub-alpine lakes. Teresa Lake is almost a small pond after years of drought, Stella Lake has fared better. There was wonderful fall color in the birch and aspen tree stands and nice views of Wheeler Peak. The due to the starting elevation, 9,800 feet, and a 600 foot elevation change the trail is... More 

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Everett, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

This a great hike that is not too long and steep. In early October the trees were beautiful. The views of the Wheeler Peak are breathtaking. The trail was well signed and in good condition. The two lakes were beautiful even if the water level was down.

Thank Unknown_Traveler
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

2.7 mile loop trail starting around 9,800 feet. 600 ft elevation gain. It is a great hike thought the forest to a small lake. We saw Stella lake and went back the way we came. The signs for the loop were a little confusing and we thought it best to return the way we came. The lake was beautiful and... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is one of the easier trails to hike in the park. We saw wild turkeys on the way up and deer on the way down. Both lakes are in wonderful settings and we enjoyed the cool breezes along the trail.

Thank Jules10705
Dothan, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is the hike in Great Basin National Park. The scenery off the west face of the ridge is extraordinary. When we were there last year on the first week of May, there were no crowds. In fact we had all the trails pretty much to ourselves.

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The first part of this hike is slightly uphill. We were fortunate to see 4 turkeys and a deer on the hike. Stella and Teresa Lake had nice settings even though the lakes themselves were not anything special. Loved the meadow and the creek as well as views of Wheeler Peak! This was an enjoyable hike!

Thank Cherie P
Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I walked this loop trail after conquering the Bristlecone and Glacier trail. After that hike, this one was relatively easy. It's still at altitude, giving this flatlander a challenge on the hills, but it's worth it. The lakes' settings were pretty although the lakes themselves weren't anything special. What I liked best were the meadow (complete with a grazing deer... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Alpine Lake loop is uphill half the way. Though it's not steep, sometimes the walking is somewhat difficult due to loose, gravel-size rocks. I suggest you walk the loop counter-clockwise so as to be climbing the less steep portion of the loop. We are 67 and 71 yrs. old, and we stopped now and then to rest a minute,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We got lucky and hiked the Alpine Lakes Loop in late fall of 2013 right after a big snow storm. The aspen still had that brilliant golden color and the snow warded off most of the casual visitors. We had the place to ourselves and the park was shrouded in silence. I know that this wonderland is off the beaten... More 

Thank Bob T
Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Nice easy hike with minimal elevation changes - although the base elevation is around 10,500 feet, so expect to feel the altitude a bit. The trail winds through meadows and past two lakes, neither are that large, but both are very pretty. If you're just doing the lakes trail, it's probably about 45 minutes or so. If you're at Great... More 

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