Wind River Highline Trail

Riverton, Wyoming

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Comparable to the famous John Muir Trail through California’s Sierra Nevada, the Highline Trail is the classic long-distance ramble in the Wind River Range. Usually begun at the Big Sandy Trailhead in the south (Trip 17, see p. 153) and completed at the Green River Lakes in the north (Trip 15, see p. 131), this magnificent adventure traces a wildly scenic course through the heart of these mountains. Along the way it accesses so many outstanding side trips that you could easily spend a month seeing only a portion of the many wonders. If scenery is your goal, then whenever possible, it is better to follow the old Highline Trail (now called the Fremont Trail) rather than the newer, rerouted Highline Trail. The old trail stays closer to the high peaks, although it passes somewhat fewer lakes and the campsites are generally more exposed. Regardless of which route you select, bring a fishing pole, a camera, and a good map to scout out the countless great side trips along the way.

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"Comparable to the famous John Muir Trail through California’s Sierra Nevada, the Highline Trail is the classic long-distance ramble in the Wind River Range. Usually begun at the Big Sandy Trailhead in the south (Trip 17, see p. 153) and completed at the Green River Lakes in the north (Trip 15, see p. 131), this magnificent adventure traces a wildly scenic course through the heart of these mountains. Along the way it accesses so many outstanding side trips that you could easily spend a month seeing only a portion of the many wonders. If scenery is your goal, then whenever possible, it is better to follow the old Highline Trail (now called the Fremont Trail) rather than the newer, rerouted Highline Trail. The old trail stays closer to the high peaks, although it passes somewhat fewer lakes and the campsites are generally more exposed. Regardless of which route you select, bring a fishing pole, a camera, and a good map to scout out the countless great side trips along the way."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Riverton
Distance: 72.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 8–20 days
Season: Mid-July to early October
Local Contacts: Pinedale Ranger District, Bridger-Teton National Forest
Local Maps: Earthwalk Press Northern Wind River Range and Southern Wind River Range

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Jun 2018