An ascent of Wheeler Peak provides an exhilerating experience for visitors in good physical condition. The trail to the top is 8.6 miles long, and the elevation gain is an amazing 2,900 feet.
Along most of the route, the trail follows the ridge up to the Wheeler Peak summit. It is easiest to begin the hike from the Summit Trail parking area.
Taking a drive along the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is a highlight of any visit to Great Basin National Park.The scenic drive hugs the mountains of the South Snake Range, slowly winding you to a point above all others, where vistas reach the horizon, and one is met with a pristine view of the rugged, harsh, yet surprisingly beautiful Great Basin Desert.
Along this 12 mile road, you will gain over 4,000 feet in elevation, and cross through numerous ecological zones
From U.S. Highway 6 & 50, turn south on Nevada State Highway 487 and travel 5 miles to Baker, NV. In Baker turn west on Highway 488 and travel 5 miles to the park.