Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park

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Wheeler Peak Glacier is a glacier situated at the base of Wheeler Peak within Great Basin National Park in the U.S. state of Nevada. It has been called the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere but is much further north than Mount Everest and glaciers of the Himalaya and also further north than Palisade Glacier in California. At a height of 13063ft Wheeler Peak is the tallest mountain in the Snake Range and the second tallest mountain in Nevada. The mountain top is also considered to be a horn, a peak carved and shaped by glaciers over a long period of time.
The Wheeler Peak glacier can be considered an alpine glacier which started melting at 9000ft and the effects of the glacier can easily be seen by observing the pathways (slopes, canyons, and streams) that the melting glacial water has cut through over several years. The glacier is also unique in that it contains many rocks and minerals, including limestone (found in the Lehman Caves), marble, sandstone, shale, quartzite, granite, aragonite, moonmilk, and gypsum.
At about 120000sqft in size, the Wheeler Peak Glacier is fairly small, and is generally considered to be an alpine glacier. This type of small glacier is generally found in mountainous terrain, and is also sometimes referred to as a "mountain", "niche", or "cirque" glacier.
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  • We climbed the mountain on our truck (giving our sore hiking legs and feet a day off!) and we saw excellent views. Plenty of places to pull over when we wanted. Glacier is viewable from parking at top...  more »
  • First off, be aware that if you are a flatlander, you will feel this. You start out at 10,000ish feet. You are going to summit at close to 13,000 feet. That is something you will definitely notice. Th...  more »
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  • I'm afraid AS has the wrong Wheeler Peak. By about 500 miles. Both are great but this one is better...
  • Wheeler Peak via Williams Lake Trail is: - 7.9 miles: hike -2979 feet Elevation Gain heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Taos Ski Valley. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

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