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Wheeler Peak Summit Trail

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4.3 mile 7.0 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,898' 883 m
Descent: -42' -13 m
High: 13,048' 3,977 m
Low: 10,192' 3,106 m

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Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 75% (37°)

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A beautiful trail leading through alpine forests and meadows to the summit of Wheeler Peak.

Jason Ethridge

Features Birding · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is closed in the winter, usually from November to June.

Description

From the trailhead, follow the trail southwest through quaking aspen and mixed conifers. After opening onto an alpine meadow and joining into the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail for a short stretch, the trail separates and heads north toward Bald Mountain.

After turning west to ascend the ridge that runs between Wheeler Peak and Bald Mountain, the trail turns south and heads toward the final destination. Enjoy this last stretch of conifer forest as the timberline approaches fast. Once you leave the trees behind, the trail begins a series of switchbacks, through a fellfield, until attaining the shoulder of the final ridge.

Here you can appreciate the vistas; from southwest, around to west, and all the way to the northeast. The wind tends to be substantial along this ridge, which is why you'll see periodic windbreaks that have been built from rocks along this section of the trail. This is the point from which the summit is visible in front of you, and it seems so near! Alas, it is also the point that the trail begins getting steeper and steeper as it approaches the top. There are some switchbacks in the final stretch, but since snow is common at this point until August, it is easy to lose the trail and just scramble up the rocks till you summit.

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May 12, 2019
JM Ditna
Aug 29, 2018
Steffen Hauschild
Some problems with my health; good felling to be back at the car
Sep 16, 2017
Bruce Hope
Great hike to awesome views!
Sep 5, 2016
Andy Mueller

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Headed up the ridge to the peak. Glad we brought along the snowshoes!
Apr 11, 2016 near Baker, NV
It gets steep and rocky as you approach the summit, but the view can't be beat.
Jun 13, 2016 near Baker, NV
Best view in the park!
Jun 13, 2016 near Baker, NV
Looking across the meadow toward the summit.
Jun 13, 2016 near Baker, NV
Heading to the summit of Wheeler Peak with the REI National Parks Centennial pack.
Mar 8, 2016 near Baker, NV
Use the wind breaks along the ridge to catch a break at altitude.
Jun 13, 2016 near Baker, NV

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