Great Basin National Park

Stella Lake

Stella Lake


On our drive from Utah back home we stopped at Great Basin National Park for some day-hiking. While it was just a little tempting to try to hike to the top of Wheeler Peak I realized the 3,000 ft of climbing was more than I could handle, given how I’d been managing shorter hikes on this trip. We opted for a 4 mile loop hike past the alpine lakes with some great views of the glacier and headwall of Wheeler Peak. It was spring at this elevation (roughly 10,000 ft), streams were running and flowers blooming.

Lehman Creek

Lehman Creek

Great Basin NP is in the middle of Nevada’s nowhere (14 miles from the Utah border) and isn’t on the way to anything. That makes visitors fairly rare. The ranger at the visitor center confirmed that Great Basin is one of the 10 least visited national parks.

Stella Lake and Jeff Davis Peak

Stella Lake and Jeff Davis Peak

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