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Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is an asphalted road, very steep, located in the Great Basin National Park, in White Pine County, along the central eastern boundary of the U.S. state of Nevada. This paved road is closed from November to June. It’s quite steep and windy. You rise over 3,000 feet in elevation on the way up to Wheeler Peak in just under eight miles. 

It's one of the highest mountain roads of Nevada. The road is 12 miles long. It starts at the Park boundary on Nevada Highway 488, at an elevation of 5,318 feet above the sea level, and climbs up to 10,163 feet (3.097m) where the Summit Trailhead starts. The road is narrow and twisty and wends through stands of trees.
It’s one of the most difficult climbs in Nevada. The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. You’ll cross through numerous ecological zones, the equivalent of driving from Baker, Nevada, to the frozen Yukon, thousands of miles to the north. As you leave the Great Basin Desert, you will be amazed as to the diversity of life that lives just feet above the barren desert beneath. It is not uncommon to see mule deer, marmots, coyotes, jackrabbits, as you climb along the road. 

 

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