Wheeler Peak (13,063 feet), Nevada's Second Highest

Wheeler Peak (right) and Jeff Davis Peak (left) from the Wheeler Peak Trail

Wheeler Peak is the crown jewel of stunning Great Basin National Park. With a wonderful trail going all the way to the summit from either of two 10,000-foot trailheads, it's a hike that everyone should try.

First hiking up Wheeler Peak around 2002, I immediately fell in the love with the high, alpine tundra and expansive views this giant offers. I returned a year later to make another climb of Wheeler, this time via its high neighbor, Jeff Davis Peak. A year after that, I returned to traverse over to Baker Peak (and back again) from Wheeler. A summit I'll never tire of.
Summit view east/northeast toward Jeff Davis Peak

*Borrowed photos courtesy of H.W. Stockman