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Hiking Trip Great Basin National Park, NV

Date: 10/1 - 6, 2017

(6 days, 5 nights; Sun. - Fri.)

Assembly Point: Salt Lake City

(Timberline van shuttle is included between Salt Lake City and Great Basin N.P. prior to tour and following tour)

Not included: Airline service to Salt Lake City; Guide Gratuity

Pick up time: airport 8am, hotel 8:30am

Drop off time: 5pm

 

Tour Cost: $2,159

Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, transfers, leaders, trail maps and narratives.

Additional Single Occupancy Lodging Cost: $345

Inn Highlights

  • Silver Jack Inn

Great Basin National Park is one of the lesser known national parks. The Great Basin physiographic region covers most of Nevada, the western third of Utah and smaller portions of Eastern California, Southeastern Oregon and Southern Idaho. This 210,000 square mile area is bordered by California's Sierra Nevada Range to the west, Utah's Wasatch Range to the east, the south edge of the Columbia Plateau to the north and the Mojava Desert to the south. Great Basin is huge! We will explore and have the opportunity to hike just a small area of this amazing natural wonder.

Day 1, we'll assemble and van shuttle to Garrison, NV, with a short warm-up hike and stop at the visitors center in the park . This is a great introduction to the park. Day 2 takes us on an especially scenic loop hike that follows a cascading alpine creek to a pair of classic alpine lakes. It also crosses two high passes and traverses alpine meadows with epic views of the surrounding summits. We'll also pass by the site of an historic tungsten mine. On Day 3 we'll hike Wheeler Peak, the park's highest point.

Great Basin National Park is home to the Great Basin bristlecone pine. As a species, bristlecone pine has inhabited the Great Basin for 40,000 years. Bristlecones are the world's oldest known living trees; many live for several thousand years. The oldest known bristlecone pine is over 4600 years old. Day 4, we'll combine a hike among the Bristlecones and also enjoy a tour of the underground world, Lehman Caves. Lehman Caves is a single cavern, despite the name. It extends a quarter-mile into the limestone and marble that flank the base of the Snake Range.

On Day 5, we'll venture to Garrison and enjoy a challenging hike with some loose rock scrambles but well worth the experience and the views. Day 6 we'll hike to Lexington Arch. The trail begins with a steady climb. Lexington Arch is a six story limestone formation. There is question about whether it was once a passage in a cave system. Lexington Arch is not an arch at all, but rather it is a natural bridge. While arches are formed by the effects of weathering, bridges are created by the flowing waters of a stream. Long ago, when Lexington Canyon was not as deep, the waters of Lexington Creek flowed through a cave in the wall of the canyon and in doing so enlarged the tunnel that became Lexington Arch.

Itinerary

Day 1 Van shuttle to the Great Basin National Park, warm-up hike en route to Great Basin National Park (Alpine Lakes Loop- Stella, Teresa Lakes) 3
Day 2 Baker Lake and Johnson Lake, views of (Pyramid Peak 11,926') 13.1
Day 3 Wheeler Peak (13,063 feet) (second highest peak in Nevada) 8.6
Day 4 Bristlecone Pine Groves Mount Washington (1,000 feet) and tour of the Lehman Caves 4
Day 5 Notch Peak (3,000 feet elevation gain) 9
Day 6 Lexington Arch hike and van shuttle return to Salt Lake City 3.6

Total hiking mileage: 41.3

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Routes, mileage and accommodations are subject to change due to safety, road/trail conditions, weather and availability.