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.For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Great Basin National Park holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Wheeler Peak and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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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 »
This is it.....cannot drive further. Good spot for a picnic and restrooms. This is the departure point for the hike up the mountain to see the bristlecone trees. It is about a 30 minute drive from the... more »
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