Summer is in full effect here in the Winds, and there are just a few updates to report:
1) The Cliff Creek Fire is burning in Hoback Canyon north of the Wind River Range near Bondurant. The fire started on the 17th and was caused by a lightning strike. Due to it’s proximity to highway, Highway 191 had been closed between Jackson and Pinedale. As of noon on Friday, July 21st, Highway 191 is once again open between Jackson and Pinedale. The good news is that the smoke from the fire has not impacted visibility in the Winds. The smoke has been blowing east across the state, and even the northern reaches of the Winds remain smoke free.
2) Snow Conditions: Most of the snow in the high country has melted and everything is fully accessible. Those hiking the Wind River High Route will still want crampons and ice ax for crossing Knapsack Col and Knife Point Glacier.
3) Gannett Peak: The glacier on the Gooseneck Route is still in good shape. You will find mixed snow and rock going up and over Bonney Pass, good snow coverage over Dinwoody Glacier, and there is still a snow bridge intact covering the bergshrund on Gooseneck Gully.