Baker Creek Loop to Baker and Johnson Lakes

Ely, Nevada

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Both Baker and Johnson lakes repose majestically in glacial cirques rimmed by rugged walls, beneath the crest of the southern Snake Range. However, these scenic alpine lakes are just two of the many attractions along this trip into the heart of Great Basin National Park backcountry. Baker Creek and South Fork Baker Creek are two delightful streams that tumble down forested canyons as diverse as any drainages in the Great Basin. The verdant, pastoral parkland near the head of the South Fork is particularly stunning. History buffs will appreciate the area around Johnson Lake, where a long-abandoned tungsten mine has left remnants of a tramway, a stamp mill, and numerous log cabins.
Backpacking Nevada

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Backpacking Nevada

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

Both Baker and Johnson lakes repose majestically in glacial cirques rimmed by rugged walls, beneath the crest of the southern Snake Range. However, these scenic alpine lakes are just two of the many attractions along this trip into the heart of Great Basin National Park backcountry.

Baker Creek and South Fork Baker Creek are two delightful streams that tumble down forested canyons as diverse as any drainages in the Great Basin. The verdant, pastoral parkland near the head of the South Fork is particularly stunning. History buffs will appreciate the area around Johnson Lake, where a long-abandoned tungsten mine has left remnants of a tramway, a stamp mill, and numerous log cabins.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Ely
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 3,625 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 - 3 days
Season: Usually open late-June to mid-October; best July
Local Contacts: Great Basin National Park
Local Maps: USGS Wheeler Peak, Kious Spring
Topo Map: Baker Creek Loop to Baker and Johnson Lakes Topographic Map
Guide Book: Backpacking Nevada Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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