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DAY HIKE: Wheeler & Bald (2 of the LVMC's Classic 50)

  • Aug 22, 2014 · 5:00 PM
  • TBD

Total Distance:  about 9 miles 
Total Elevation Gain: about 4,000'
Altitude: 9,500' - 13,063'
Terrain Description: trail to the summit of Wheeler Peak then on way down some cross country to bag Bald.
Approximate Hiking Time: 7 ? hours 

This is a day hike. We plan to leave Las Vegas on Friday early evening (drive all paved roads 4-1/2 hours). We will car camp in the Great Basin National Park near trail head. On Saturday, we will get an early start, head up the trail to Wheeler Peak, the second highest mountain in Nevada.  We will go over to Bald during our descent. {This is a  elevation conditioning hike for my guided Williamson 14er trip on 9-18 to 9-21. I can delay the hike until Sunday if that will help more members or go up two times is also an option.  Just let me know.}

This hike is a good altitude conditioning for the LVMC's Classic 50 peaks in September 2014.  These meetups are 1) White Mountain (14er) Leave about 5 pm on 9-5 and day hike up the road on 9-6 (See posted meetup); 2) Toiyabe Dome 9-12 to 14. Slower hikers will leave about noon and ascend the class 3 cliffs to bivouac at the beginning of the ridge. The rest of the group will start on 9-13 early (See Posted Meetup); and 3) Williamson 9-19 to 22 - The posted meetup of 9 members will hike up on 9-20.  I have 9 entry permits for Friday 9-19 entrance.  For slower hikers, like me, and for members wanting to take 2 days to ascend to Williamson Bowl, they can join me - Just sign up for the existing meetup's wait list - going on at least 2 of these meetups will be a requirement for my entry permit, because of the safety concerns about the 14er and difficulty of Williamson.  I will consider previous experience.  I plan to finish the Classic 50 this Fall and welcome to company.  In 2015, I will help other members reach their Classic 50 peaks goals.

Wheeler Peak is one of LVMC's Classic 50 Peaks and it is also on the Sierra Clubs DPS list. Bald Mountain is on the LVMC Classic 50 list.

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To participate in this outing, you must be a current, paid member of LVMC. You can obtain a membership via this link: The fee is $40 per year for a family/roommates or $30 per year for an individual. Please contact your organizer if you have any questions.

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