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Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park

Categories: Mountains, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web
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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  • Camping at 9,800 feet, without crowds! If that sounds appealing to you, this is the place to visit. We took at 10 day road trip through Nevada and California. This was our favorite camp site of the en...  read more »
  • The only thing I regret about Wheeler Peak is that on the day we visited, the sky was very cloudy, so we cancelled our plans to stay overnight and view the summer skies without the intrusion of city l...  read more »
  • There is a beautiful campground at Wheeler Peak with great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Spacious sites, water available. Restrooms are latrine style. We arrived around 1:00 in the l...  read more »
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