Visited Great Basin NP in late May of 2009 and had a very enjoyable time. Arrived May 29th and departed on the 31st. This is not a great time to try to hike to the top of Wheeler Peak but other good hikes were available. Best time for Wheeler Peak is July or later we were told. We hiked in the Baker Creek area which is nice but not the most scenic of the trails there. Also tried the Wheeler peak trail to Stella Lake, about 1.5 miles and much more scenic than Baker Creek. Then continued on up the trail toward Wheeler Peak for about another mile before we hit deep snow and had to turn around. About the time we turned around a snow storm with lots of lightning engulfed us as we hiked/ran back down the mountain. Baker creek trails start around the 8,000 foot mark and go up from there. The Wheeler Peak trail starts at around 10,000 feet and, if you could go all the way, reaches over 13,000 feet. We made it to around 11,500 before having to turn around. All in all, a really neat place with not a lot of people.
Highly recommend staying at End of the Trail…er in Baker. I’ll include a review of that place here since it isn’t presently listed as a lodging option on Tripadvisor.
It is difficult to say too many good things about the End of the Trail…er. My wife and I stayed there for two nights in late May, 2009, and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The trailer is spotless with many amenities not offered in other lodging facilities. Free WiFi, TV, kitchenette with microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, an extremely comfortable queen size bed in one bedroom and a single in the other, a library of dvds and useful books & brochures about the area, and a beautiful view from the deck across the desert of the Snake mountain range during the day and nights so dark that you gain a new appreciation for the term “billions and billions of stars”. But the best part is your hostess, Margaret Ann. She is a delightful person with a wealth of information about Baker, Great Basin National Park, and the surrounding area. Without a doubt, if we are ever in that area again, we’ll stay at the Trail..er.