Spend The Day Exploring Woodlands And Alpine Lakes In Nevada
Great Basin National Park is like one, big treasure in eastern Nevada. The 77,000-acre park is filled with wonderfully wild landscapes and plenty of hiking trails for exploring them! If you’re in Great Basin and looking for a short hike that packs a punch, look no further than the Alpine Lake Trail. Taking you through woodlands, ancient bristlecone pine trees, babbling creeks, and past two serene alpine lakes, this hiking trail truly has it all. It may be short at under three miles long, but you could spend an entire day soaking up the views and enjoying what it has to offer!
Great Basin National Park near Baker, Nevada is loaded with jaw-dropping places to explore. One hiking trail, the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail, does a great job of showcasing the park's endless beauty.
The Alpine Lakes Loop is a 2.7-mile trail that gains about 600 feet in elevation. It is most accessible during late spring and summer - snow can be a hindrance during fall, winter, and early spring. The trail isn't very difficult to follow and is suitable for hikers of all skill levels
The trail's most prominent feature is that it takes you past two beautiful alpine lakes: Stella Lake and Teresa Lake. Wheeler Peak towers over the lakes and makes for a breathtaking backdrop while rich wooded landscapes completely immerse you.
The trailhead can be found at the Bristlecone Parking Area, near the Wheeler Peak Campground. Following the trail, you'll be led through a variety of mesmerizing scenes, including forests and wide open meadows.
You'll arrive at Stella Lake first. Surrounded by trees and mountain peaks, the lake is picturesque. From Stella Lake, you'll follow the trail for another mile as it meets up with a small creek that feeds into the second lake.
Teresa Lake is the smaller of the two, but it's just as gorgeous. It presents an even better view of Wheeler Peak. Take your time to soak it all in. Then, you can head back as the trail meets up with the Bristlecone Grove Trail
Taking you through forests, meadows, past ancient bristlecone pine trees and babbling creeks, the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail is an adventure like no other. Spend the day exploring these scenic alpine lakes and visit Great Basin National Park for a memorable adventure. Click
here for the trail map.
When’s the last time you visited Great Basin National Park? What’s your favorite hike in this majestic park? Feel free to shout it out in the comments below!
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