Emerald Lake

Dubois, Wyoming

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The trail up Wiggins Fork leaves the machine culture behind rapidly as it ascends an extraordinarily wild and unique valley that affords you an unprecedented look at Absaroka volcanics. Between the trailhead and Emerald Lake are nine fords, none of which are particularly easy. Sandals and a walking stick are a must. This hike is not a good choice during wet periods. The trail becomes gumbo and is very slippery. After a few falls, you’re covered with mud and the smile has disappeared from your face. Highlights: Isolation; wildlife; spectacularly sculpted buttes, pinnacles, and battlements that are excellent examples of Absaroka volcanics. Emerald Lake is one of the few lakes in the Absaroka Range.

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"The trail up Wiggins Fork leaves the machine culture behind rapidly as it ascends an extraordinarily wild and unique valley that affords you an unprecedented look at Absaroka volcanics. Between the trailhead and Emerald Lake are nine fords, none of which are particularly easy. Sandals and a walking stick are a must.

This hike is not a good choice during wet periods. The trail becomes gumbo and is very slippery. After a few falls, you’re covered with mud and the smile has disappeared from your face. Highlights: Isolation; wildlife; spectacularly sculpted buttes, pinnacles, and battlements that are excellent examples of Absaroka volcanics. Emerald Lake is one of the few lakes in the Absaroka Range."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Dubois
Distance: 24
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 8,000 feet
Top Elevation: 10,700 feet
Local Contacts: Shoshone National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Snow Lake, Emerald Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Emerald Lake

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May 2018