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Little Sandy Lake Professional Review and Guide
"A day hike or easy overnighter to a spectacular lake setting, located approximately 50 miles northeast of Farson or 60 miles southeast of Pinedale, in the extreme southeastern corner of the Bridger Wilderness. The area offers one of the shortest hikes granting access to the spectacular peak and lake country of the southern Wind Rivers. Can be used as a jump-off point for longer ventures into the deep wilderness."
--Russ Schneider, editor, Best Hikes along the Continental Divide (Falcon Guides).
The trail description is accurate for the most part. However, the return trip from Little Sandy Lake back up the trail to the pass is understated. It is rather difficult in that it is a steep ascent over a short horizontal distance and the trail is very rough with loose rock, wash-outs, fallen brances, etc. However, the spectaculary scenery you encounter during rest breaks is heartstopping. The views above Little Sandy Lake to the northwest of the Temple Peaks and Wind River Peak are incredible. They views get better the closer to the pass you get.
The description to the trailhead from Lander is a bit confusing because you might mistake the South Pass historical marker on HWY 28 for the actual South Pass.
If you are new to the SE Wind River range (as I was) and would like to take this trail or the Sweetwater Gap trail (which I also did), look for the rest area at the Sweetwater River bridge (about 5 miles past the historical marker to the south/west). This is the actual South Pass. The Lander Cutoff is 1/2-mile to the south/west of that on HWY 28 and at that point the directions are fine.
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