Explorer | 51 pts
Absolutely incredible trip. Stayed at Big Sandy Lodge first night and hit the trail at Big Sandy trailhead for the 40 mile loop, camping at Lonesome Lake, Washakie Lake and Marms Lake - all top rated campsites. This late date subjects you to some weather, but you get no bugs, no heat and no people when you go this late in the year. We usually get at least one heavy snow on these late trips, but on this one we only got a few flakes, except on Haleys Pass, where is was a full blown blizzard for the whole climb. We spent three nights/four days of incredible scenery - would take five days next time, to 'enjoy the flowers' a little bit more. You could actually spend up to ten days, with several great side trips. Three big climbs on the main route - just take your time on the switchbacks. Not for the faint of heart, but then again we were four '50 something' guys from the flatlands of Mississippi. This is alpine backpacking at it's best.