Wind River Range, Wyoming
Background. The Wind Rivers are a classic hiking opportunity in Wyoming. Thought it is getting more and more popular, it is often overlooked as people plan their next hike because of the cachet of familiar names like Glacier, the Sierras, Colorado, etc. The Winds are full of lakes, alpine terrain and bare rock and can go toe to toe with any place you have even considered hiking.
The Map: The maps provided here are true 1:24,000 scale based on the USGS 7.5 minutes quadrangle. They are free to download. Left click to enlarge it to full size, then right click on the image and save it to you computer. Due to the large size of these maps, it is not practical for me to make or sell either of these maps.
|Sweetwater Loop: This is a 43 mile loop that includes 2 rugged passes and a visit to the Cirque of the Towers. There is a video of our 2006 trip (see home page) that can give dozens of reason to make this trip. Click hear for trail mileage table.|
|Earthwalk Sweetwater Extension: Many hikers using Earthwalk Press' "Southern Wind River Range" map for the Sweetwater Loop find that there is no coverage south of Little Sandy Lake, making finding the south trailhead a little difficult. The adjacent map provides that coverage. Click on the image to get the full size map and save it to your computer. It will print on 8.5x11 paper and should print fine on a home color printer. Though based on the USGS 7.5 minute topos, it has been sized to fit the scale of the Earthwalk Map. Use the map along the east-west line that passes through Little Sandy Lake and tape it to the Earthwalk map.||Sky Pilot Loop: Our trip was 43 miles (shown in red) with packs, beginning and ending at Elkhart Park. The mileage includes a camp at the base of the Titcomb and a bushwhack at Island Lake. (The blue trails are our dayhike). By eliminating the trip to Titcomb, this trip can be shortened to a little over 39 miles. While it is a great trip that I’d do again in a flash, be advised that 1) the trail north of Cube Rock Pass is over a landslide and you have to climb over large boulders and 2) the trail from Glimpse Lake to Elkhart is unmaintained. The decent from Glimpse is steep and the trail has wash out in a few places. The trail from Long Lake to Elkhart had several downed trees. Here is Robin's slide show of the trip. Click hear for trail mileage table.
Bears Ear Loop: This is a preliminary map of a hike planned for September 2012. It begins at the Big Sandy Campground, circles north to Hailey Pass and comes south past the Cirque of the Towers.
Trail Mileage. Click here for an Excel spreadsheet of the trail.
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