Great Basin National Park
Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, leaders, trail maps and narratives. Bonus activity: Cave Tour
Salt Lake City
Timberline van shuttle is included between Salt Lake City and Great Basin N.P prior to and following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Salt Lake City International Airport, Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:00 am
The Great Basin physiographic region covers most of Nevada, the western third of Utah and smaller portions of eastern California, southeastern Oregon and southern Idaho. This 210,000 square mile area is bordered by California’s Sierra Nevada Range to the west, Utah’s Wasatch Range to the east, the south edge of the Columbia Plateau to the north and the Mojava Desert to the south. The Great Basin National Park, which encompasses just a small portion of the entire basin, is still huge and one of our newer National Parks! We will explore several different eco-areas of this amazing natural wonder, including high alpine, pine forests, old mining claims, sagebrush plains, a rare, naturally made limestone arch, and underground caves. The area is also home to the Great Basin Bristlecone pine, the world’s oldest known living trees. As a species, bristlecone pine has inhabited the Great Basin for 40,000 years, and many live for several thousand years. We have learned that our lesser visited National Parks are truly unique and fascinating, made more compelling by the lack of crowds, and we are excited that this area has been added to our lineup of hiking tours.
|Day 1||Van shuttle to the Great Basin National Park, hike to the Bristlecone Grove and Alpine Lakes Loop||6|
|Day 2||Tour of Lehman Cave; Timber Creek/ Baker Creek Loop||4|
|Day 3||Wheeler Peak - second highest peak in Nevada - 13,063 ft||8.6|
|Day 4||Johnson Lake via Snake Creek and Dead Lake; transfer to Hidden Canyon Retreat||8.4|
|Day 5||Lexington Arch hike||6|
|Day 6||Serviceberry Trail and van shuttle return to Salt Lake City||3.2|