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Greybull River Professional Review and Guide
"Located 30 miles west of Meeteetse. A week (or longer) trek into a spectacular and important river drainage in the western section of the Washakie Wilderness."
--Bill Hunger, Hiking Wyoming (Falcon Guides).
In August '06 the Greybull River watershed above the Pitchfork Ranch burned. The fire was intense, especially from the trailhead(Jack Creek)to Venus Creek; the ground is littered with potato-chip sized flakes that exfoliated from boulders. Rain triggers slides in the steep areas, but the main trail has already been cleared of charred trees and is an easy but dusty walk. Fireweed, roses and some grasses have begun to emerge in some places in the canyon, and where the river valley widens, willows are coming back on the burned flats. In spite of the destruction, wildlife viewing and scenery were impressive in late August: moose populate the remaining willow flats, wolves jog the trail and leave their footprints with those of elk and raccoon in the soft sand next to the river. The river is clear and cold but very low after an exceptionally dry summer; crossings were easy. We're glad we hiked this trail but, sadly, it has burned.
The Greybull trail is an excellent route for the hiker wishing to find a more challenging hike in some difficult country. There are several difficult fords to negotiate along this"trek" and it is advisable to proceed with extreme caution when attempting these in Spring or Early Summer. Snow remains at the higher elevations in the area until quite late and the Spring/Summer heat can make it sloppy to hike across in the afternoons. The scenery here is stunning if common for this part of Wyoming. Along this trail I found everything from tight valleys with thick forest to wide open spaces and high mountain passes. There are a number of long trails that intersect this route and the hiking options here are nearly endless. I recommend gaiters to protect your hiking boots for this trek along with a pair of heavy-duty sandals or old tennies for river crossing. This route can be quite wet!! I only saw a few folks on horse back along the whole route but the trail was used enough to be well marked and rather easy to follow. Overall I would recommend a long hike along this trail, especially if the crowds of Yellowstone are not your thing.
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