Big Sandy Trail

Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming

Elevation Gain4,063ft
Trailhead Elevation10,023ft
Elevation Min/Max9111/10792ft
Elevation Start/End10023/10023ft

Big Sandy Trail

Big Sandy Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Fremont County and Sublette County, Wyoming. It is within Bridger-Teton National Forest, Bridger Wilderness Area, and Popo Agie Wilderness Area. It is 9.7 miles long and begins at 10,023 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 4,063 feet. The North Lake (elevation 10,069 feet) water can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Fremont Trail and North Fork Trail.

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Hiking Wyoming’s Wind River Range - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Ben Adkison
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"This scenic, relatively easy trail offers the quickest access of any trail into the Bridger Wilderness high country. Grades are gentle, the tread is smooth for much of the way, and views of the alpine peaks that embrace the upper Big Sandy valley are enjoyed from the start. But the ease of backcountry access and grand scenery combine to make this trail one of the most heavily used in the Bridger Wilderness. If you’re looking for solitude, avoid this trail." Read more
Hiking Wyoming’s Wind River Range - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Ben Adkison
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"The East Fork River, one of the principal drainages of the southern Bridger Wilderness, gathers its waters in a lake-dotted basin lying in the shadow of the Continental Divide. Several 12,000-foot peaks embrace this high valley, of which 12,585-foot Mount Bonneville—a Wind River landmark—is the highest. Lying on a bench above the upper East Fork valley is a chain of three splendid lakes, and reaching them is the goal of this memorable journey. This trail climbs into this lofty realm via a two-day trip, though strong backpackers and stock parties can make the trip in one long day. Many good campsites can be found at Skull and Maes Lakes in timberline forest. Pyramid Lake also offers good but austere camping in the tundra above its shores." Read more
Hiking Wyoming’s Wind River Range - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Ben Adkison
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"Following the Fremont Trail north from Big Sandy offers travelers the chance to escape the throngs of backpackers en route to Big Sandy Lake and the Cirque of the Towers. This trail leads over a rolling, lake-dotted landscape to the high valley of Washakie Creek and on up to scenic Shadow Lake, resting in a timberline basin beneath the western flanks of the cirque’s spires. This “backside” of the cirque offers comparative solitude, and establishing a base camp here affords the opportunity to explore the peak-rimmed basin above the lake. Anglers will appreciate that Shadow, Billys, and Barren Lakes all support populations of brook trout. Good camping areas can be found in timberline groves of spruce and pine at both Shadow and Billys Lakes." Read more

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Trail Information

Bridger-Teton National Forest
Nearby City
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Skill Level
Additional Use
Pinedale Ranger District, (307) 367-4326
Local Contacts
USGS: Big Sandy Opening, Mount Bonneville
Local Maps

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Dec 2018