Alpine Lakes Loop Trail

The Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park is a 2.7 mile trail that passes two glacial lakes. It starts and finishes at the end of Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. The elevation gain is 600 feet.

 

The Beginning of the Trail

I decided to take the trail counter-clockwise and join the Bristlecone Pine Trail where the two trails split. The beginning of the trail took me through pine and aspen forest with the occasional mule deer prancing through. The hike was made more enjoyable by the vivid yellows and oranges of the leaves changing colors.

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail

Deer on the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Deer

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail

 

Stella Lake

After about a half hour of hiking, I came to Stella Lake, which is small but very scenic. I stopped for a snack and to enjoy the solitude and scenery.

Stella Lake on the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Stella Lake

Stella Lake on the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Stella Lake

 

Teresa Lake

I made my way up another section of the trail, and 20 minutes later, I found Teresa Lake. It wasn’t as big or nearly as beautiful as Stella Lake.

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail

Teresa Lake on the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Approaching Teresa Lake

Teresa Lake on the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Teresa Lake

Teresa Lake on the Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Teresa Lake

 

The End of the Trail

From there, I walked a short way through a pine forest until the intersection with the Bristlecone Pine Trail.

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Alpine Lakes Loop Trail

If I did the trail again, I’d go clockwise just because Stella Lake packs a bigger punch than Teresa Lake. Going counter-clockwise was anti-climactic after reaching Teresa Lake.

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