Glacier Trail

Fitzpatrick Wilderness Area, Wyoming
Elevation Gain6,773ft
Trailhead Elevation10,432ft
Elevation Min/Max9162/10894ft
Elevation Start/End10432/10432ft

Glacier Trail

Glacier Trail is a hiking trail in Fremont County, Wyoming. It is within Fitzpatrick Wilderness Area. It is 16.9 miles long and begins at 10,432 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 34.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 6,773 feet. Along the trail there are grasses and forests. This trail connects with the following: Old Glacier Trail.
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Explorer | 31 pts
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wonderful trip; I am sitting here writing this message near the end as tomorrow I hike out; Great scenery and trails tho lots of snow and mud. An interresting event has happened; a large grizzly bear has been following me for several hours and seems very curious and freindly; He stays about 80 yards in back of me but just now has come very close while I am sending this note. He seems friendly and just now came to within a few feet and is sniffing in the air. He is not growling and does not seem disturbed. My bear cannister is right by my side but I do have a small chunk of beef jerky out to nibble on; maybe I will give him a piecel He just now took the piece I gave him but I still have a small piece of jerky for myself;; Just now the bear came right up to me and seems to want the rest of the jerky but I don"t think I will let him ha ;sj098uujgjfld;aim sdkjf iweufa;sjnf oiu
Explorer | 41 pts
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I try to make this trip every year, but had missed it the previous two years. It was a warm 80 degrees @ the trailhead that Wednesday afternoon at 3:00pm when I started. The trail can be quite vicious when it comes to mosquitoes, but they were kept at bay throughout the 4 day trip with 100% deet...a necessity for this trail. The only time I avoided bugs was when I made this hike one week in early June, bugs not out in force then. I proceeded for 4.5 hours up to the saddle half way between the top of the switch backs and the Dinwoody Lakes area, my final fishing destination. I set up camp approx. 200 yds off of the trail, and for the next two days used it as a base camp to explore and fish the area. Though this was my 10th outing in this area, it never ceases to amaze and challenge. The hike to Dinwoody Lakes is a 6 hour mostly uphill affair from the trail head, and quite grueling after a long plane ride. However, worth every sweaty step. I saw more people than usual this time (a group of 30-40 boy scouts on the way in, several pairs hiking, and a few solos like myself)but generally speaking the area was still remote, with plenty of solitude. What was perhaps the most unusual, beautiful (and terrifiying) part of this trip was the intense thunderstorm activity Thursday night and Friday night. My North Face Canyonlands performed flawlessly (sorry for the plug, but when something performs this well...) and I stayed dry. The weather moved in around 5pm each of those two evenings, and provided quite a show. Hail, heavy rain, high winds - great for sleeping once you get past the terror of the lightning strikes and echoing thunderclaps. Thunder in the backcountry is nothing like in a populated area...the clarity of the sound and almost stereo like rumbling. You really felt the thunder more than heard it.

Anyway, spent two days hiking a 10 mile area fishing, climbing and enjoying the view. The fishing in @ DInwoody Lakes is really unlike anything I have encountered. I always catch fish! The seclusion and lack of fishing pressure might have something to do with it.

I like to think that this kind of trip is not so much an escape, but a way to keep balance and perspective in order to cope back in the day to day world. The shear beauty and immense proportions of the Wind River Range forces perspective on you. My hike out was quick and purposeful. I actually made it out faster than I ever had before, I believe because I was invigorated rather than exhausted from my trip (it was mostlly downhill, especially helpful on the grueling switchbacks) That was a first for me, as I usually come out to the trailhead whipped and ready for a cheeseburger. The Glacier Trail has such a contrast of features that I would highly reccommend it for any skill sure to take in all that surrounds you on your way in and out.

Trail Information

Fitzpatrick Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Fitzpatrick Wilderness Area
Wind River Ranger District (307) 455-2466
Local Contacts
Shoshone National Forest south half visitor map; USGS: Torrey Lake, Inkwells, Fremont Peak North, Gannet Peak, Downs Mountain. Earthwalk Press's Northern Wind River Range hiking map
Local Maps

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