Alpine Lakes

Pinedale, Wyoming

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Located 25 miles northeast of Pinedale, in the central part of the Wind River Range. A 6- to 10-day, very rugged trek for experienced hikers into the heart of the Wind River high country. This is a rugged 45-mile loop into the central section of the Wind River Range. It crosses the Continental Divide twice and follows a high glacial valley. It is best to allow yourself a minimum of 6 days of travel due to the nature of the terrain and the unpredictability of the weather.

Alpine Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"Located 25 miles northeast of Pinedale, in the central part of the Wind River Range. A 6- to 10-day, very rugged trek for experienced hikers into the heart of the Wind River high country.

This is a rugged 45-mile loop into the central section of the Wind River Range. It crosses the Continental Divide twice and follows a high glacial valley. It is best to allow yourself a minimum of 6 days of travel due to the nature of the terrain and the unpredictability of the weather."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pinedale
Distance: 45
Elevation Gain: 4,050 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Local Contacts: Pinedale Ranger District (307) 367-4326
Local Maps: Bridger-Teton National Forest Pinedale Ranger District and Shoshone National Forest south half visitor maps; USGS: Fremont Peak South, Bridger Lakes, Horseshoe Lakes
Driving Directions: Directions to Alpine Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

3/23/2001
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This is a fantastic hike into some serious backcountry that would be much more dangerous if not for its high usage (safety in numbers). I found this hike to be challenging yet rewarding. The route is not entirely marked out and map skills are a plus along this trail. Good binoculars or a scope help as well and they let you zoom in on the bighorn sheep in the area. This trail offers access to some of Wyomings greatest peaks and even takes you over the Knife point Glacier (crampons and an ice axe help here when the temperatures get warm and the snow gets slick). I was lucky and the weather treated me well on my excursion yet I'm sure there is potential for some intense storms most any time of the year. If you choose to travel here I recommend bringing good back-country wits and lots of film.



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