Hike the Mountain View Nature Trail At Great Basin National Park

by Adam on July 29, 2010

The Entrance To the Mountain View Nature Trail At Great Basin National Park - July 29, 2010

The Entrance To the Mountain View Nature Trail At Great Basin National Park - July 29, 2010

The Mountain View Nature Trail at Great Basin National Park is a quick stroll that begins and ends at the Great Basin Visitor Center by the Lehman Cave entrance.  It goes for a total of .3 miles and goes through a Pinion and Juniper forest.  Signs and benches dot the trail to educate hikers about the plant life.  Should you get tired during the .3 mile hike or just wish to sit down, relax and take in the views, several park benches await the weary hiker.

The Original Entrance To the Lehman Cave Complex Along the Mountain View Nature Trail - July 29, 2010

The Original Entrance To the Lehman Cave Complex Along the Mountain View Nature Trail - July 29, 2010

The Lehman Cave complex is one of the most unique cave complexes in the world and also resides here at Great Basin National Park in Baker Nevada.  It was discovered back in the 1800’s.  Since then the original entrance has been replaced by a secure tunnel down into the cave, however the original entrance is still viewable from the Mountain View Nature Trail.

The Rhodes Cabin At Great Basin National Park - July 29, 2010

The Rhodes Cabin At Great Basin National Park - July 29, 2010

At the end of the Mountain View Nature Trail At Great Basin is the Rhodes Cabin near the entrance to the Lehman Caves.  It was built in the 1920s by Clarence and Bea Rhodes who were the forest custodians of the Lehman Caves at the time.  It is a small cabin measuring 11 feet by 19 feet with a couple doors and four windows.  Unlike many cabins of this type you can actually go inside and take a look around.

A Bench Along the Mountain View Nature Trail At Great Basin National Park - July 29, 2010

A Bench Along the Mountain View Nature Trail At Great Basin National Park - July 29, 2010

When you first get to Great Basin National Park, the Mountain View Nature Trail is a short but worthwhile trail to hike.  You can even do it while you are waiting for your tour of the Lehman Caves to start!

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