Backpacking the Wind Rivers

A multi-day hike to Wyoming’s Titcomb Basin

Feb 8, 2012
Outside Magazine
Wind River

The climb up

It’s not true to say Wyoming's Wind River Range is exactly like the Tetons. They don’t have a conga line of RVs pacing at their base. Spend five days hiking around the Bridger Wilderness Area and you’ll start to see the similarities: 35 peaks taller than 13,000 feet, 2,300 alpine lakes, and more than 600 miles of trails. To get a sense for what the range offers, hike to Titcomb Basin, a remote five-day out-and-back that starts at Elkhart Park. Over 15 miles the trail climbs 2,000 feet to a granite cirque filled with five lakes. Camp on the 200-foot-wide finger that separates the upper and lower lakes and expect to wake to alpenglow on the Sphinx and Miram Peaks, a pair of granite crags ringing the cirque. Bring a flyrod. Last year the Forest Service restocked the basin with golden trout.

YOU NEED: A fishing license and Bridger Lakes and Gannet Peak 7.5 minute quads ($8) from the Great Outdoor Shop in Pinedale, and reservation at Pole Creek Ranch, a western-style bed & breakfast ($65/couple).