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Alpine Lakes Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.7 (9)

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


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Map Key

2.6

Miles

4.2

KM

86%

Runnable

10,446' 3,184 m

High

9,956' 3,035 m

Low

464' 141 m

Up

492' 150 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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

Runner Notes

Some mildly uneven terrain, loose rocks, and gravel. The vertical granite slabs of the low steps leading back to the parking lot jut up a few inches and are easy to trip on.

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Kathy Bass

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 9 votes

#641

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Photos

View on Wheeler's Peak over Stella Lake.
Jan 14, 2016 near Baker, NV
Overlooking Teresa Lake.
Jan 15, 2016 near Baker, NV
Winter is coming but the sun is still shining.
Jan 15, 2016 near Baker, NV
Mountains in Great Basin National Park
Apr 1, 2020 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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