Great Basin National Park

Strawberry Campground - Great Basin National Park

Strawberry Campground – Great Basin National Park

GPS Coordinates: Strawberry Campground: 39.06069, -114.27337 Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: While visiting Great Basin National Park, we camped at Strawberry Campground for a few nights.  This area had tons of trees and a few short trails that led to the nearby Strawberry Creek. I liked camping here because we were inside of a canyon and we had our own creek to use for drinking water - after we filtered it of course. There are several campsites that vary in size but all are right next to Strawberry Creek.  There are picnic tables and even fire pits to use for your cooking and fires.  The only downside to this place is that we had a hard time finding a flat area for our tent.  There are definitely flat areas but we brought an 8 person tent and it was hard to set it up on the small flat area ...
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Stella Lake - Great Basin National Park

Stella Lake – Great Basin National Park

Parking Lot: 39.01718, -114.30336 Stella Lake: 39.00609, -114.31874 Trail Map Driving Directions Please keep in mind that the road to the Summit Trailhead is seasonal from about early spring to late fall. The Trail: On a recent trip to Great Basin National Park and on our way back from hiking Wheeler Peak we made a quick detour to Stella Lake.  Since it only added about .10 mile to our existing hike we figured it would be a worthwhile stop.  I however, will give you the directions on how to get here from the Summit Trailhead parking lot area. If you hike Stella Lake from the parking lot, the trail doesn't gain too much in elevation and it provides for incredible views of Wheeler Peak and also the valley you are hiking in. From the parking lot the trail cuts south and west through large aspen groves.  This would be an excellent hike for ...
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Wheeler Peak - Great Basin National Park

Wheeler Peak – Great Basin National Park

GPS Coordinates: Trailhead: 39.017153°,-114.303322° Wheeler Peak: 38.985640°, -114.313726° Trail Map Driving Directions Please keep in mind that the road to the Summit Trailhead is seasonal from about early spring to late fall. The Trail: In late October we took a quick trip down to Great Basin National Park to explore around the area.  The last time I visited here was more than 20 years ago and my memories of this place were quickly fading - so I wanted to come back and check it out again. To start I want to emphasize that it is possible that you could get high altitude sickness - the trailhead begins at about 10,185 feet! Our fellow Trek Planner member Hawkeye-TP relayed a story about how he got high altitude sickness here at Wheeler Peak so it is important to drink lots of water, take it slow, take many breaks and make sure you take deep and ...
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Great Basin National Park and Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

Great Basin National Park and Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

Road Map: Driving Directions: From Nephi, Utah take Highway 6 through Delta Utah and on to Baker Nevada. The Trail:  This national park has a lot to offer. I have covered the Bristlecone Hiking trail and the Lehman caves in separate trek reports. I highly recommend both for anyone visiting the park. In additon the park offers excellent camping. There are three established campgrounds. I stayed in the Lehman Creek Upper Campground. It was very nice with a firepit, tent pad, water, trash, bathroom, picnic table, and Lehman creek right by our sight to provide some nice acoustics. There is firewood available for purchase in Baker if you didn't bring any. You can't burn any wood you find in the park. This park offers some amazing sunsets. One of the biggest attractions here is it is certified as one of the 2 or 3 best places in North America to ...
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Bristlecone Pine Trail Great Basin National Park

Bristlecone Pine Trail Great Basin National Park

GPS Coordinates Trailhead: 39º 00' 36" N, 114º 18' 25" W Trail Map: View Larger Map The Trail: The Trail begins at the top of the Wheeler Peak Scenic drive in Great Basin National Park. The parking lot is well signed and is the trailhead for several different hikes. There is also a quick half mile nature trail that is worth the time to do if you have the energy. Always bring at least a jacket any time of year because at more than 10,000 feet the weather can get cold really fast even in summer. The trail is mostly dirt and fairly rocky. It climbs pretty steady the whole way. Here is an example of the trail terrain. There is an option to take a 0.2 mile detour to see Teresa Lake. This is a small alpine lake but worth the ten minutes out of the way. Wheeler Peak is seen ...
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Lehman Caves Great Basin National Park

Lehman Caves Great Basin National Park

GPS Coordinates Visitor Center: 39.00546 N, 114.21965W Driving Directions: Lehman Caves Visitor Center is just inside Great Basin National Park. About 15 minutes from Baker Nevada. It is very well signed. The Trail:  The cave is a ranger led tour that is the most open one I have ever been on. They let you bring a camera and your own flashlight and you can take your time and even wander around a little without the group. I was very impressed how lax they were and it was a lot of fun. There are two tours. A 60 minute and a 90 minute. I did the longer one. There is some head ducking and stairs but otherwise it was very easy and very beautiful. Make sure you call well before your trip to guarantee yourself a spot on the tour. We went at the very end of October and our tour was ...
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