Wheeler Peak Cirque

Wheeler Peak, standing at over 13,000 feet, provides classic examples of the erosional forces of glaciation—ice pried, plucked and carried away quartzite from the cool northeast slopes of the higher reaches in the Snake Range. When the glaciers melted and receded, deep bowls called “cirques” were exposed. Also visible today are the rocky hummocks called moraines. Wheeler Peak Cirque shelters the only known remaining glacier in Great Basin NP. Although this image was made in early June, access beyond Mather Overlook, where this image was made, was denied.

Technical Details

EF 70-200mm @ 130mm; f/16 @ 1/30 sec, ISO 100: 7 vertical images stitched in Photoshop via Auto align and Auto blend scripts.


Terrific scene, Bob. Thanks for sharing.

@ David_Bostock Thank you, David. Ultimately , three months later,I was able to hike up to the Bristlecone forest and make a few images.

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