Easy Hikes

Mountain View Nature Trail - .3 Mile LOOP - EASy

  • A leisurely and informational walk through pinyon and juniper trees

  • Located next to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center

  • 80' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 6,825 feet

 

sky islands forest TRAIL - .4 Mile loop - EASY

  • This wheelchair-accessible trail winds through a high alpine conifer forest

  • Access from the Bristlecone Parking Lot at the top of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

  • No elevation gain, virtually level

  • Trailhead elevation: 9,800 feet

 

OSCEOLA DITCH TRAIL - .3 Mile EACH WAY - easy

  • An interpretive trail which follows a historic water ditch, used in 1880s gold mining ventures

  • Access from Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, 4.6 mi from the NV 488 turn off

  • 100' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 8,400 feet

 

grey cliffs - .5 Mile EACH WAY - mild

  • Inside these steep limestone cliffs is the longest cave system in Nevada (caves accessible only by special permit)

  • Access from Baker Creek Road, 1.5 mi from the NV 488 turn off

  • 300' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 7,200 feet

 

Moderate Hikes

alpine lakes Trail - 2.7 Miles loop - Mild-moderate

  • Experience two unique alpine lakes and close-up views of the high peaks of the South Snake Range

  • Access from the Bristlecone Parking Lot at the top of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

  • 600' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 9,800 feet

 

bristlecone interpretive trail - 1.4 Miles each way - Moderate

  • Much easier to summit than its neighbor, Wheeler Peak, Bald Mountain offers fine views of surrounding peaks

  • Access from the Bristlecone Parking Lot at the top of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

  • 1,600' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 9,800 feet

 

bald mountain - 3 Miles - Moderate

  • Much easier to summit than its neighbor, Wheeler Peak, Bald Mountain offers fine views of surrounding peaks

  • Access from the Bristlecone Parking Lot at the top of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

  • 1,600' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 9,800 feet

Difficult Hikes

lehman creek Trail - 3 Miles one way - challenging

  • The scenic hike climbs through several diverse habitats, including aspen stands and sub-alpine meadows

  • Access from Upper Lehman Campground, 1.5 mi from the NV 488 turn off

  • 2,050' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 7,750 feet

 

wheeler peak summit trail - 4.3 Miles each way - strenuous

  • Climb to the highest peak in Great Basin National Park for spectacular views

  • Access from the Summit Trail parking lot.

  • 2,900' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 10,160'

 

baker lake Trail - 6 Miles each way - strenuous

  • Travel through diverse habitats - a great place to see birds, animals and wildflowers

  • The trail begins at the end of Baker Creek Road

  • 2,620' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 8,000'

 

south fork baker creek/johnson lake Trail - 5.6 Miles each way - strenuous

  • This trail splits off from the Baker Lake Trail and follows the South Fork of Baker Creek.

  • The trail joins with Johnson Lake Trail, passing historic Johnson Lake Mine just before the lake. Warning: do not enter any mine structures!

  • 2,740' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 8,000'

 

johnson lake trail from snake creek - 3.7 Miles each way - moderate - strenuous

  • This shorter, steeper route to Johnson Lake offers great views of the Snake Creek drainage before reaching the lake and the historic Johnson Lake mining area.

  • The trail begins at the end of Snake Creek

  • 2420' of elevation gain

  • Trailhead elevation: 8,320'

 

More Things To Do

Stargazing

cave tours

Bristlecone Pines

where to camp

 
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Dogs are not allowed on most trails in Great Basin National Park. To find out where you can hike with your dog, click on the image above. If you need a “doggie day care” while you hike, click on “Places to Stay” at the top of this page. You’ll find “Park A Pooch”.

Dogs are not allowed on most trails in Great Basin National Park. To find out where you can hike with your dog, click on the image above. If you need a “doggie day care” while you hike, click on “Places to Stay” at the top of this page. You’ll find “Park A Pooch”.

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