The Bristlecone Grove/Glacier Trail
ElevationAscent: 954' 291 m
Descent: -954' -291 m
High: 10,866' 3,312 m
Low: 9,952' 3,033 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A superb route passing through a Bristlecone Pine grove on the way to a rock glacier.”— Jason Ethridge
This trail will take you to the foot of the glacier. The trailhead for this route is located at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. The trail begins at an elevation of 9,800 feet and climbs another 1,100 feet. Use caution around the toe of the glacier, as the boulders may not be stable, and small rockslides are common from the cliffs above.
Great Basin National Park is home to the only glacier in Nevada, and one of the southernmost glaciers in the United States. The Wheeler Peak Glacier sits at the base of Wheeler Peak, in a protected cirque around 11,500 feet in elevation. The glacier measures 300 feet long and 400 feet wide. Exact depth is unknown.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Great Basin National Park