As we ease our way into the core summer months, snow continues to melt. High basins such as Titcomb Basin and the Cirque are accessible, but snow is still present above 10,800 feet. Expect snow on major passes on the popular loops (Texas Pass, Washakie Pass, Hailey Pass, Knapsack Col, Indian Pass).
Green River Lakes: Snow has retreated out of the valley and only remains on the high peaks. Those climbing the standard route on Squaretop will encounter snow high on the hike and on the summit plateau. Stream crossings from Pixley Creek are calmed and crossable.
New Fork Lakes: Trails are dry and in good shape.
Spring Creek Park: The snow around Borum Lake has mostly melted, and the snow on Green River Pass has mostly gone. Expect snow around Elbow Lake. The upper Elbow Lake will still have ice present.
Elkhart Park: Titcomb Basin is accessible from the trailhead on minimal snow. Snowline in Titcomb Basin starts around 10,900 feet and the upper basin is completely socked in. Lots of parties going for Gannett, lots of successful summits so far. The bergshrund is open but the snow-bridge is passable. South and eastern-facing slopes are starting to sun-cup but the snow surface is still smooth. A small cornice is still present on Knapsack Col; those attempting to climb up should have microspikes or crampons, and an ice axe.
Boulder Lake: Angel Pass and Hay Pass are both passable, although with snow at the top. Expect some muddy trails, but for the area to be mostly dry and in good shape for hiking.
Scab Creek: Trails are dry and in good shape.
Big Sandy Opening: The Cirque has been accessible for a few weeks now, and snow continues to melt in the area. Expect snow if camping at the base of Wolf’s Head around the lake. The East Fork Valley is accessible, but the bases of Raid, Ambush and Bonneville will have snow. Lots of reports of hikers doing the Texas Pass Loop; expect snow in the Cirque and going up Texas Pass. Also, expect snow on Washakie Pass and Hailey Pass.
A big thanks to all of those who update me with their trip reports. I cannot be everywhere in the Winds on my days off, so your input helps me greatly writing these reports. Another big thank you to Rita Donham, for providing the Great Outdoor Shop with the aerial photographs. These are a great overview for hikers and climber accessing the high country.
The staff at the Great Outdoor Shop will continue to monitor conditions in the mountains and update you with what we find. If you have any questions about specific trails, need some trip planning help, or have gear questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at (307) 367-2440. Be sure to tag us in your Wind Rivers’ adventures on Instagram, @greatoutdoorshop. We carry a shop full of quality gear to make your mountain experience as comfortable and worry-free as possible, and it would be our pleasure to help you make your next Wind Rivers jaunt one you will never forget!