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Ascent of Wheeler Peak on 2014-10-12

Climber: Tom Gathright

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, October 12, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wheeler Peak
    Location:USA-Nevada
    Elevation:13063 ft / 3981 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wheeler Peak is pretty much on everyone’s list that hikes in Nevada. I delayed going as it is in the National Park system and dogs are prohibited. However, as I was taking some vacation I figured I could make one of my long road trips and leave the dogs at home. I departed the house at 3:00 AM and drove up Highway 93. I was about 70 miles north of Caliente when it started getting daylight, and at that point I could see Wheeler Peak in the distance. It was still quite the long drive to reach the National Park, but I arrived at the TH just before 8:00 AM.

I dressed for cold blustery conditions. MountainForecast.com had called for winds reaching 35 mph and wind chill of 17 degrees. I departed the TH at 8:05 AM. The first mile of the trail is not steep at all and passes through nice Aspen up to Stella Lake. The trail after Stella Lake all the way to the saddle between Wheeler Peak and Bald Mountain still isn't too steep, but then that changes.

Once on the steeper trail ascending Wheeler's north side the wind was blowing so hard it would blow one foot into the other. I reached the summit at 10:45 AM. I took several pictures and walked over to where the trial continues to Jeff Davis. I did not have the energy to attempt Jeff Davis.

I decided to attempt Bald Mountain since I did not do Jeff Davis. From the summit of Bald Mountain I took a direct route back to the trail well below the saddle. This took me back to Stella Lake and the Aspen trees. From there it was an easy stroll to the TH. I was back at the TH at 2:05 PM exactly six hours after starting. I started the long drive home, stopping once for fuel Alamo. I was home at 7:30 PM

Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Wheeler

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Wheeler Peak2014-10-12 a 
2Bald Mountain2014-10-12 b 



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