Great Basin National Park Hiking
Great Basin National Park offers over 60 miles of developed hiking trails. Trail maps are available for purchase through the Western National Parks Association bookstores in both visitor centers. Day hikers are asked to sign in at trailhead registers.
Some of the park's most impressive features can only be seen by those willing to hike or ride horseback into the park's backcountry. Below we provide basic information about three of the more popular trails.
Bristlecone Trail winds through groves of the park's ancient trees. The trail is only 2.8 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 600 feet. Interpretive signs provide information about the famous trees.
Lexington Arch Trail leads to a massive limestone arch - an unusual site in a forested mountain setting. The trail extends for 3.4 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 820 feet. The trailhead is outside of the park boundaries, but the arch is within the park.
Wheeler Peak Summit Trail follows ridgelines to the impressive mountain summit. It is 8.6 miles round trip, with an elevation gain of 2,900 feet. The trail can be accessed from multiple points, but the best is the Summit Trail parking area.
See the park website for more information about these and other other developed trails.
Off-trail hiking opportunities are virtually endless in the park.
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