Wheeler Peak

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Wheeler Peak is the highest peak located entirely within Nevada. It is an isolated mountain rising above the Great Basin in the Great Basin National Park, near the Utah border. Its east face forms a steep rock cirque which holds a small glacier. Another peak of similar height goes by the same name in New Mexico.

Elevation (feet): 13,063
Elevation (meters): 3,982
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Great Basin Ranges
State: Nevada
Latitude: 38.9861
Longitude: -114.312
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Las Vegas, Nevada
Convenient Center: Baker, Nevada

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 37 trip reports for Wheeler Peak.

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  • Log #21755 - by rick on Aug 19, 2009
    this is a classic great basin range hike. starts from wheeler campground, then ascends through meadows and aspen. the trail is well marked by both hikers and wildlife. saw deer high on the flanks of...
  • Log #7840 - by an anonymous user on Nov 13, 2004
    Easiest thirteener, but don't underestimate it. This peak is the highest MOUNTAIN that's (entirely) IN Nevada. I think highpointers should count it instead of Boundary.
  • Log #7807 - by Richard Woodward on Oct 08, 2004
    I was part of a group of seven from CA (Culbertson, Leetham, Calley, Ackermann, and I) and UT (Bernals) that summited. With a 6 am start, it took us about 2 hours 45 minutes to reach the peak, and...
  • Log #7805 - by Buzz Floyd on Oct 07, 2004
    Ny wife and I have made it to the peak twice. Last time was a few months after having triple by-pass surgery in 1991. That made it a little difficult, and I doubt I'll ever do it again as I'm not in...
  • Log #7804 - by Buzz Floyd on Oct 06, 2004
    My wife and I have made it to the peak twice. Last time was a few months after having triple by-pass surgery in 1991. That made it a little difficult, and I doubt I'll ever do it again as I'm not in...
  • Log #7808 - by Mike Arment on Aug 10, 2004
    Eight travelers from Las Vegas discovered the beauty of Wheeler Peak. Traveling from Las Vegas on Highway 93 you get to see the vast open lands where mountain looms in the distance. I was excited to...
  • Log #7809 - by Susan Malcher on Aug 09, 2004
    A wonderful hike in a beautiful place. The weather was favorable with light wind on the ridges. The terrain is a little rough during the last 1/3 of the hike, but worth every step. I will do this...
  • Log #7810 - by Scott Griffin on July 25, 2004
    Tim Bradbury and I completed the peak on Friday early evening. We first climbed the peak around 1pm but a thunderstorm was coming as we were about half way up so we came back down while getting hit...
  • Log #7811 - by Jeff Stacey on June 29, 2004
    Not too bad until about 12000'. Then the wind picked up and it was brutal (bring gloves and kleenex). Had to cross two small snowfields in the middle section. Saw a few deer.
  • Log #7812 - by David O'Carroll on Aug 01, 2003
    Left at 5 am, and summitted at 7:30.. It was a great hike, saw at least 40 deer on the trail
  • Log #7813 - by Michael Leno on June 04, 2003
    I made the summitt early in the morning. The winds were blowing strong and the snow was very soft. Hi Scott! Glad to see all went well with your trip. Coming back down without snowshoes was more like...
  • Log #7814 - by Scott on May 27, 2003
    Had a time of it climbing this peak. There was soft deep snow all over the place so I used snowshoes as far as the angle of the slope would let me after which I was post-holing step after step. The...
  • Log #7815 - by Todd Scheufler on Apr 02, 2003
    I have some fond memories of this trip... First of all, it was freezing the whole time because of the wind. Despite this I got burned (pretty badly) the only place which was not protected: my nose. ...
  • Log #7816 - by Max & Judy Fightmaster on Apr 01, 2003
    Wonderful experience but had to battle 25 mph winds on the way up (oh well, made for clear views of the surroundings). Started out at 7:25. Reached the top at 12:25. Spent an hour comparing stories...
  • Log #7817 - by Robert and Margaret Sullivan on Sep 02, 2002
    A physically demanding tough climb on a beautiful weather day. Most log reports make this sound like a stroll in the park. It is not, and should be approached as a 13,000 ft. peak. The reported 5 hr.
  • Log #7818 - by Art Rogers on Aug 02, 2002
    We started out early for Wheeler Peak from the trailhead on an eight-mile round trip hike. The trail begins with a deceptively pleasant stroll through woods and meadows, over a creek or two of clear...
  • Log #7819 - by Wolf-Henning Rech on May 07, 2002
    It was a nice hike, while being quite windy on the trail. We stayed on the summit for more than an hour. Still my highest peak - in the Alpes the 4000 m mountains are more difficult to climb.
  • Log #7820 - by Thomas Hawley on May 06, 2002
    See comments lower on this page. Just resubmitting here to correct the URL for my Wheeler Peak page.
  • Log #7821 - by j 4 r warner on June 29, 2001
    nice hike steep windy
  • Log #7822 - by Joe Buhler on June 25, 2001
    We camped at the high campground (10,000 ft) on Friday afternoon and hiked up to the glacier and bristle cone pine grove, a very nice hike. There were thunder showers about 5:00 p.m. For dinner we...
  • Log #7823 - by Leif Tokerud on Jan 04, 2001
    I just want to know who took it upon themselves to take the old sign-in booklets off of the mountain. They don't appear to be at Park headquarters.
  • Log #7824 - by Thomas S. Burton on Aug 17, 2000
    I have heard that Wheeler Peak should be considered the high point of Nevada since it is the highest solitary peak and much more interesting than Boundary Peak. I summited both peaks on the same day...
  • Log #7825 - by Jim Turner on July 05, 2000
    Be prepared for the wind above tree line. It was literally blowing people off their feet the day I summited. Trekking poles are a good idea, especially for the descent. Not a bad hike, except for the...
  • Log #7826 - by Marc Cavallaro on July 05, 2000
    I've summited White Mountain and Whitney, Wheeler wasn't quite as hard but still a challenge. The hike was part of a Geographic Explorations class from the University of Nevada, Reno. All I...
  • Log #7827 - by Iris Prophet on June 24, 2000
    The guide book lies! No way does this take 2 and a half hours!
  • Log #7828 - by Thomas Hawley on June 23, 2000
    The toughest climb of my life! My climbing partner Dennis would argue that Charleston (11,918) and Boundary (13,143)--both in Nevada--are harder, for different reasons. He's probably right, but for...
  • Log #7829 - by Chris Callas on Jan 13, 2000
    Til this day one of the most enjoyable climbs I've experienced. The weather was beautiful, and I'll never forget the view from the summit.
  • Log #7830 - by Paul Baumgartner on Dec 31, 1999
    My goal was to have a fully loaded Pack on the summit @ sunrise on the morning of September 18th. Things didnt exactly work the way I had envisioned. 9:30pm - After meeting and speaking with the...
  • Log #7831 - by Kirk Hess on Dec 20, 1999
    My first "altitude" climb. Here on a family trip. Running cross country helped me summit in less than 4 hours. At that time I never thought I'd ever be climbing on 5,000 meter peaks now.
  • Log #7832 - by Adam Martin on Aug 15, 1999
    Wheeler Peak is unbeleivable. The view is incredible and well worth the hike. When we went, the wind was blowing at a constant 55-60 mph with gusts easily over 70mph. I'm 180 lbs, and it was sweeping...
  • Log #7833 - by Howard Brooks on July 26, 1999
    ABsolutely a perfect day for hiking this beautiful mountain. We had some clouds move in around ll:00 a.m., but they soon moved on. ABout l0 people were at the peak.
  • Log #7834 - by Mark Oakley on July 20, 1999
    Very windy, parts of the trail were covered by snow, some boulder fields to traverse Spectacular view from the top, well worth the effort.
  • Log #7835 - by Julie Baker on July 20, 1999
    It was a perfect day - sunny, light winds. The views were spectacular. This was my highest climb, so it provided a wonderful sense of accomplishment. Hiked the Baker Lake trail the night before - be...
  • Log #7836 - by Josh Swartz on July 13, 1999
    A pleasant hike.
  • Log #7837 - by Mick Wenzbauer on June 08, 1999
    1997 attempt failed due to extreme wind. Summited in 1998, but cold (about 30-35 degrees) and windy, glad they have so many rock shelters! Fall colors were nice down lower.
  • Log #7838 - by Richard J Acheson on Apr 03, 1999
    Nice walk, took the whole family.
  • Log #7839 - by Jerry Dean Greer on Jan 12, 1999
    Take a camera! Many deer here and great views of the adjacnet areas. The view south is especially grand. Carry your ice axe (and know self arrest techniques) for early season climbs. There are...