Glacier Trail

Riverton, Wyoming 82501

Glacier Trail

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"The wide, gravelly Glacier Trail takes off from the west end of the parking lot and switchbacks steadily up a semidesert hillside covered with grasses, sagebrush, junipers, and even a few prickly pear cacti. After 0.6 mile bear left at a junction with Whiskey Mountain Trail, soon enter the Fitzpatrick Wilderness, and at 0.8 mile come to a junction with the Lake Louise Trail. Go left and cross a sturdy wooden bridge over Torrey Creek, stopping first to admire the stream as it races down a narrow chasm in a roaring cataract."

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Hiking Wyoming’s Wind River Range - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Ben Adkison
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"The Glacier Trail, one of the classic high trails in the Wind Rivers, is an epic journey with no rivals in the Rocky Mountains. This long trail leads from the semiarid, sagebrush-encircled trailhead to an alpine pass, proceeds past a sprawling lake-dotted cirque, and finally ascends a remote valley to its headwaters, born on the glacier-shrouded flanks of the range’s highest peaks. The trail is popular with mountaineers en route to Gannett Peak and to dozens of other challenging summits, and with backpackers and off-trail wanderers. Anglers are attracted to the area by the fish-filled Dinwoody Lakes and the Ink Wells. In spite of the rigors of this demanding trail, the lofty, remote landscapes it traverses attract large numbers of wilderness travelers from July through mid-September. Don’t attempt this trail unless you’re in good condition and acclimated to higher elevations." Read more

Glacier Trail Reviews

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I didn't do the entire trail but I did the first 9 or so miles that it takes to hike out to Double Lake. This is the trail that will take you to Gannet peak and it is not for someone without a fair amount of experience as it is a strenuous hike. The trail starts at the Trail lakes trailhead and begins the climb here, you will continue on pass several turn offs for different trails, eventually you begin a 1000 foot climb up a switchback which is mostly through boulder fields. You come out on top in a high subalpine meadow. This has some nice views but it is also a "wet meadow". The trail here is mostly a flowing creek and very muddy and wet for most of the 2.5 mile hike through it. You eventually come to a saddle which sits at around 10,700ft, this is where you finally get to start doing down thought a stand of very dead trees to the phillips lakes and eventually you will hit Double lake. It is very beautiful here but the mosquitos are absolutely horrible so one word for you...DEET!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
8,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4–7 days
July to October
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Wind River Ranger District, Shoshone National Forest
Local Contacts
Earthwalk Press Northern Wind River Range
Local Maps