Great Basin National Park sets in the Snake Mountain Range, on the east edge of Nevada, near the border with Utah. Snow covered Wheeler Peak, at 13,063 ft, stood above with the promise of seeing bristlecone pines.
A paved road went up to the Mather overlook with views of the snow capped mountains and of Snake Valley to the east. At 9,181 ft there was still another thousand feet or more to climb to the end of the road. Trails up there were not yet accessible due to the snow pack, including to the bristlecone pines grove.
Heading back down, the Mount Moriah Wilderness was visible to the north. Lehman Creek flowed next to a campground with a trail nearby going up toward Wheeler Peak. But, I was only interested in the cascading stream. I walked along it for a ways, in the cool mountain air, and got some photos.
On another road in the park, a sign warned of “Marmot Crossing”; and two ran across just afterward. The Grey Cliffs were impressive and rose above a creek. A picnic area below the cliffs had a trailhead for two tracks; one of which met-up with the trail that I would take later.
I hiked the Baker Creek trail that more or less followed the stream and steadily went up hill. It passed through a clearing with wildflowers and an aspen tree grove. The path was supposed to meet-up with Baker Lake trail which would loop back to the parking lot. But, I never did find the cut-over. When it began raining, and the trail was still going up, I turned around.
Through the Memorial Day holiday weekend I boondocked at a sweet spot next to some pine and birch trees with a view of Mount Moriah. It rained every day. When the sun finally appeared, I went to see the park.
Camp: Humboldt-Toiyabe NF – Strawberry Creek boondock
Scene: Mountains, cliffs, creeks, trees, wildflowers