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Alpine Lakes Loop Trail

Intermediate

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2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 464' 141 m
Descent: -492' -150 m
High: 10,446' 3,184 m
Low: 9,956' 3,035 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

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A fairly easy loop trail with stunning views of Wheeler Peak and two alpine lakes.

Kathy Bass

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Everyone can enjoy the views and take their time on this hike.

Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is closed to single vehicles or trailers longer than 24 feet past Upper Lehman Campground.

Description

When done counterclockwise from the Bristlecone Parking Lot, the trail takes you through a forest to the first lake: Stella Lake. This lake is very scenic, offering great views of Wheeler Peak and beautiful colors in the lake. The trail then continues for another mile through the sparse high elevation forest to a small creek that feeds Teresa Lake. Along the banks of the creek there are many flowering plants (known as Shooting Stars) making this a great place for photography and to take in the sounds of water flowing and the wind through the pines.

From there the trail continues along the bank of Teresa Lake, offering more views of Wheeler Peak. There are some weathered downed pines that offer a great place to sit and rest while taking in the scenery of the lake with Wheeler Peak in the background. From there the the trail descends back into the forest and meets up with the Bristlecone Grove Trail. There are some low steps as it leads back to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Shooting stars, primrose, spruce, aspen, timber pines, as well as Clark's nutcracker and many other birds.

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Sep 22, 2019
LeAnn Splitter
Aug 12, 2019
Scott Meier
Aug 6, 2019
Randy H
Great in the morning. Very beautiful 3mi — 11h 20m
Jul 6, 2019
Scott Warren
Great little loop. Small patches of mud and snow, but are easy to manage. Lakes are beautiful. 2.6mi — 12h 00m
Aug 9, 2018
Bailey Ramler
Jul 24, 2018
Justin Gery
Jun 24, 2018
Anthony Adkins
3mi
Oct 6, 2017
Salvatore Dagate

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  4.6 from 8 votes

#1332

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  4.6 from 8 votes
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Photos

Winter is coming but the sun is still shining.
Jan 15, 2016 near Baker, NV
View on Wheeler's Peak over Stella Lake.
Jan 14, 2016 near Baker, NV
Overlooking Teresa Lake.
Jan 15, 2016 near Baker, NV
Looking across the meadow toward the summit.
Jun 13, 2016 near Baker, NV
Stella Lake with Wheeler Peak in the background.
Sep 5, 2016 near Baker, NV
Enjoy some time laying in the grass and listening to the wind while looking at the Wheeler Peak.
Jan 15, 2016 near Baker, NV

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