BALD MOUNTAIN Hike

 
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FACTS

Country: United States

Location: Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Round trip: 7 km

Start elevation: 3050 m

Final elevation: 3350 m

Map:Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide- Great Basin National Park

Contributor: Dave Dobak





getting there

From Visitor Center at Baker, follow park entrance road and Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive to Summit trailhead.  Approximately 16 miles, paved.



featured plant

Aquilegia caerulea





partial plant list

Penstemon

Arenaria congesta

Sedum lanceolatum

Castilleja nana

Phacelia sericea

Aquilegia caerulea

Erigeron leiomerus

Antennaria

Mahonia repens

Selaginella watsonii

Potentilla ovina

Populus tremuloides



 
 


Initially, the trail is in a forest of aspen, with an understory of juniper and Mahonia repens.  From a large meadow below Bald Mountain, the trail ascends to a saddle where the Wheeler Peak trail head south.  Bald Mountain is to the north, with no defined trail.  The rocks become bigger and bigger as you ascend; a walking stick may be helpful.  Found in this fell field are Aquilegia caerulea, Arenaria congesta, Castilleja nana, and Sedum lanceolatum


Views are spectacular.


References:


For more information on trail conditions visit www.nps.gov/grba .


“Montane Islands in a Desert Sea” by Theodore Cochrane in Rock Garden Quarterly, Spring 2002, 60:1.


Hiking Great Basin National Park, by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon).


A plant list may be available at park visitor centers. 


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