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Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park

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Wheeler Peak is the tallest mountain in both the Snake Range and White Pine County, in Nevada, United States. Its summit elevation of 13065ft makes it the second-tallest peak in Nevada, just behind Boundary Peak. Wheeler Peak's topographic prominence of 7563ft makes it the most topographically prominent peak in White Pine County and the second-most prominent peak in Nevada, just behind Mount Charleston. The mountain is located in Great Basin National Park and was named for George Wheeler, leader of the Wheeler Survey of the late 19th century.Peak FeaturesWheeler Peak has an impressive headwall above a large glacial cirque, large moraines and an active rock glacier. The top of the mountain is covered by deep snow most of the year. A paved road runs from the Great Basin National Park visitor center to several small camping areas, the highest more than halfway up the mountain. The mountain's prominence is due to a Miocene detachment fault that brought the deep Cambrian Prospect Mountain quartzite to the top of the mountain.
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  • This was a lovely place. I wish we had more time and better weather conditions to stay and do a trail. We had planned to hike but the cloud was down and it was very cold. Fortunately we spent some tim...  more »
  • Camped here during labor day. We arrived at noon with no reservation since you can't make one and we were a bit nervous of not being able to find a spot since it is a holiday. We went into the visitor...  more »
  • Took the leisurely 12 mile drive up Wheeler Peak stopping at several viewing points along the way. It was a beautiful sunny day & the vistas were amazing. Had a picnic lunch at the top. Amazed at the ...  more »