What a blissfully peaceful sleep we all had! It’s amazing how well you can sleep in the quiet sounds of the forest. (See a tip below).
Fortified by a good breakfast, we walked just outside our campground to the popular Alpine Loop Trail (2.7 miles). This trail gently rises through beautiful forest to large meadows where we watched deer grazing. The first lake we arrived at was Stella Lake which is actually a tarn (mountain lake formed in a cirque excavated by a glacier). Stunning views of Wheeler Peak and the only glacier left in Nevada!
It was soon after leaving Stella Lake that we came upon Teresa Lake. This lake is also a tarn and fed by a stream which is bordered by lush green grass and wildflowers. The water was very clear and cold. The kids were kept busy throwing rocks as we soaked in the amazing scenery. The best part? We didn’t run into any hikers on the trail until we reached the branch off to the Bristlecone Trail. We had wanted to continue on to see the Bristlepine Grove, but we had some sore feet in the family so we returned to camp.
Our last afternoon at Great Basin included art projects, stream crossings, animal sightings and another divine dinner under the stars. This place is truly magical!
Tip: Make sure to bring small flashlights and/or a night light for each member of your family in case someone needs to get up in the middle of the night.