A little late this week, but there have been a few changes around the mountains in the past week. If you’ve seen the weather forecast, you’ve seen that its been hot! This is good news for mountain access. The snow line is hovering around the 9800 feet mark, but the snow at that elevation is melting considerably. Above that, expect deep snow and iced-over lakes. It may feel like summer in the valley, but it’s not quite that time in the mountains.
Green River Lakes trailhead is clear to Three Forks Park. Expect snow as you climb out of the valley towards Vista Pass. Clear Creek Canyon is completely free of snow. Porcupine Pass Trail is not quite ready for hiking, and Porcupine Creek is getting high and fast with the onset of warmer temps. Be cautious and on the lookout for downed trees in the Green River valley!
New Fork Lakes trailhead is open and hiking is possible to the upper canyon. The trail towards Doubletop is snow-free, but don’t expect to make it all the way to Palmer Lake just yet. Muddy trails in the meadow just past the lakes.
Spring Creek Park is open. High clearance and 4WD is highly recommended to get to the trailhead.
Elkhart Park is open, and although reports have been confirmed of parties getting to Photographer’s Point, the last couple of miles past Miller Park have been on snow. Sacred Rim trail is open, but expect some snow on the shadier aspect of the trail.
Boulder Lake trailhead is open, and hiking is possible to Lovatt Lake, although the most recent beta we received reported that most of the lakes in the area are still frozen and snow is present in many areas. Above 9600 feet, the snow gets deep quickly. Hiking is possible to Ethel Lake. This area has been heavily affected by the windstorm, be cautious when navigating downed deadfall and trees.
Scab Creek Trailhead is open. Again, most of this area was heavily affected by downed trees.
Big Sandy trailhead is open and hikeable. Snow drifts around Big Sandy Lake have been reported, but hiking into the Cirque is possible on snow. Be cautious crossing North Creek and expect wet, muddy trails. The trail to Dad’s Lake is slowly opening, but there is still lots of work to do in terms of clearing trees.
Short and sweet this week! Traffic around Pinedale is picking up substantially with school ending and summer starting and the town is becoming more lively as we fully ease into the summer months. Remember to please be courteous to your fellow hikers, be cognizant of your surroundings and practice Leave No Trace principles so that others can partake in the same Wilderness experience we have all been so lucky to enjoy.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any gear or itinerary questions regarding the Wind River Range or surrounding area. We’re open seven days a week, from 8AM to 6PM. You can reach us by phone (307) 367-2440 or send us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!