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Rock Glacier Trail

Great Basin National Park

Eastern Nevada, Nevada

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  • The rocky trail provides views of bristlecone pines.- Rock Glacier Trail
  • The towering glacier provides stunning views on the trail.- Rock Glacier Trail
  • Unique geology abounds on the trail.- Rock Glacier Trail
  • Up close view of the Rock Glacier.- Rock Glacier Trail
  • Boulder field at the end of the trail.- Rock Glacier Trail
  • Sign signifying the end of the trail.- Rock Glacier Trail
  • - Rock Glacier Trail
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Pros: 
Great views. Solitude. Unique geology.
Cons: 
Loose rocks on trail.
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Region:
Eastern Nevada, NV
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
4.60 mi (7.40 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
9,800.00 ft (2,987.04 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This hike is a great choice for anyone looking to get a taste of the higher elevations in Great Basin National Park. The trailhead begins at the end of the Bristlecone Pine Trail, so doing these two trails together is highly recommended. Hiking to Rock Glacier is a much more difficult trail to traverse than Bristlecone, but it is worth the time and effort as you can get a close look at the only glacier in Nevada.

The trail is very rocky and can be hard to follow at times as you cross some small snow fields, which is easy to do in regular hiking shoes. About halfway through the hike you'll see a sign explaining how the glacier formed and its impact on the area. Though it looks like the end of the hike, look for the trail behind the sign and continue onward.

The hike ends at a small sign notifying you that you've reached Rock Glacier. However, if you're feeling adventurous, you can continue on by hiking/scrambling though a boulder field and a large snow patch to reach the glacier that is nestled under Wheeler Peak. There is no trail at this point, so you must be comfortable navigating through the boulder field on your own, which is simple to do as you never lose sight of your destination.

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