Snow and rain continue to pound the Rockies above 10,000 feet, bringing the snowpack to about 135% of average. Spring skiing season is still full-on in most of the Rockies. As warm temperatures continue to inch the snowline upwards, the Wind River high-country still seems to further and further from melting. We had a similar year to this two years ago, and Titcomb Basin/Cirque of the Towers wasn’t accessible until late-June and early July, respectively. So far, things are shaping up to be a good water year; we should be fishing well into October. Overall, all trails below 9000 feet are snow free and hikeable, but be aware that the mud will be no fun to deal with. Always check NOAA forecasts for the Pinedale area to get an idea of the weather we’re experiencing. May is usually wet and cold, and this year is no exception.
Green River Lakes – The road to the lakes is open and clear of snow, however, expect lots of mud with all the rain we’ve received over the past few days. The trail is clear to the Clear Creek trail junction; again, expect muddy trails.
New Fork Lakes – The road to the trailhead is open and in good shape. The trail up the valley is hikeable, but very muddy. Stream crossings will become tricky in the coming weeks due to melting snow and runoff. Both campgrounds are open.
Spring Creek Park – The road is muddy but passable to the first trailhead, but don’t expect to make it to the second trailhead.
Elkhart Park Trailhead – Currently there is about 1.5 feet of snow at the Elkhart Park trailhead. Travel up the road is blocked by snow. Based on Snotel data, the snow is melting at a rate of 2 inches per day.
Boulder Lake Trailhead – The Forest Service campground is open but services have not been turned on. The trail to Blueberry Lake is open, and the trail up Boulder Canyon is open to the confluence. Please note that fishing in the North Fork of Boulder Creek is closed until June 1 for the Rainbow trout spawn.
Scab Creek Trailhead – The road is passable and dry up to the campground, which is open, but no services are available. The trail is hikeable up to about 9000 feet. Scab Creek Buttress is dry and in good condition to climb.
Big Sandy Trailhead – Although the Snotel gauging station reads 0 at Big Sandy Opening, the road getting there has yet to be cleared of snow. As of a few days ago, the road was driveable up to the Sedgewick Meadow parking area. The road below the cattle guard once you turn off Lander Cutoff Road is historically VERY muddy and washed out, please don’t attempt driving that until the flooding has subsided.