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Address: Great Basin National Park, NV
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Scenic, 2.8-mile hiking trail at Nevada's Great Basin National Park.

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No Bullwinkle, This Trail is all Rocky

This 4.6 mile round trip hike is in two parts and combines two very different trail experiences. The oldest trees on the planet and a glacier in a “great basin” in Nevada. Who... read more

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

This 4.6 mile round trip hike is in two parts and combines two very different trail experiences. The oldest trees on the planet and a glacier in a “great basin” in Nevada. Who knew? The first part is through pine forest and includes the bristlecone interpretive trail loop. This part of the hike is wooded and while the path is... More 

Thank Davis K
Boulder City, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The trail markers are a bit deceptive, some say it is 2.8 miles one-way and others say 2.8 round-trip to the bristlecones, we went out to the Glacier and back in 4.6 miles. Great signage at the bristlecone interpretive trail. Not many people on the trail, so it was peaceful.

Thank GeneD1959
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Amazing! We had just one day, but were able to take in a grand selection of the Park’s wonders via the twelve-mile Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, enjoying magnificent views of the mountains and surrounding valleys. We also spent a long afternoon hiking the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail, which quietly passes Stella and Teresa Lakes, and the Bristlecone Trail, which took... More 

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

We just couldn't quite do it. This trail is 2.8 mile round trip. The actual trailhead doesn't start until you are a ways from the parking lot. The elevation is about 10,000 feet. We did better than we thought we would for senior flat landers! It is a beautiful trail even if you don't make it to the interpretive area.... More 

Thank nicolediane
Dupont, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is a great and pretty easy hike. Leave from the Bristlecone Parking lot. The first part of the trail is wide, and through the juniper forest. As you gain elevation (gradual) the trail become narrow and very rocky. I was happy that I had my hiking boots (over the ankle) as they probaly saved me from twisted ankles several... More 

Thank BamaLassie
Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We thought the 10,000+ elevation in altitude would knock me out (we are from Los Angeles), but sheer stubbornness got us to the grove! What I like most about this particular national park is the dedication of the travelers who patronize it. I understand from the park rangers at the visitor center that Great Basin gets only about 100,000 visitors... More 

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

This hike was we love worth it! The hike was a moderate hike with loose rocks....we took our time and enjoyed the entire hike! The hike seems longer than it really is, but bear in mind you are hiking at elevation! It is amazing to see the old trees...some several thousand years old!

Thank Cherie P
Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

After the cave tour we did the scenic drive and then hiked up the Bristlecone/Glacier Trails. We took our time and round trip was about 3 hours. Moderate hike with somewhat rocky terrain in spots (more towards the top of Glacier Trail). Good day hike with pretty sights and thousands of year old trees.

Thank Amanda M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This trail is a moderate walk due to being uphill pretty much all the way to the trees, and having a lot of loose rock on the trail. We saw at least one woman turn back about halfway there, but she was having trouble walking on level ground as well. At the Bristlecone area there are infosigns at a few... More 

Thank mailstop
Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This 2.8 mile (roundtrip) hike seems longer at almost 10,000 feet elevation. There was still a fair amount of snow we had to trudge through, along with mud, running water, steep slopes, and unstable stone paths to get to the pines. Although we were properly outfitted, we managed and glad we persevered. The air is clear and we were fortunate... More 

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