Lot of updates for this weeks trail report, but before I begin, I’d like to get everyone thinking about a few things:
1) Please know that the blowdown event the Winds experienced last fall was EXTENSIVE. Now that the mountains are opening up, we’re all seeing how widespread the damage was. Please be patient, as the event was out of any human control and is being dealt with as fast as time and money will allow. This is a great time to think about alternative routes and trails that may not be as affected, but will get you to the same destination.
2) BURY YOUR POOP, or PACK IT OUT. If you need help with this, consult this video.
3) Pack out ALL of your trash. A Zip-Lock bag is very handy for this, or even consider packing it into an empty dehydrated food bag.
4) Hang your food, or consider using a BearVault or and Ursack.
5) Strongly consider learning some hiker etiquette.
And now, onto the trip updates.
Green River Lakes is BUGGY! Remember to grab head nets and DEET, both of which will make your trip much more enjoyable. You can expect to make it to Vista Pass by now; Cube Rock Pass may be accessible, but there will be large drifts as you get closer to Dale Lake. Green River Pass and Summit Lake will be accessible. You will run into a bit of snow towards the top of Porcupine Pass. Granite Lake via Squaretop is snow-free, but be aware that the blow-down will have affected the approach trail to Granite Lake.
New Fork Lakes is open to Palmer Lake via the Doubletop Mountain Trail. As of now, I do not recommend hiking from the upper New Fork Canyon side of Palmer Lake.
Spring Creek Park is accessible to just before Trapper Lake, about 5 miles in; past that the blow down gets substantially heavier and is not passable at this time.
Elkhart Park is open and Island Lake is accessible. Be aware that Seneca Lake is high and the trail around the lake will be slightly flooded. The trail around Little Seneca Lake will be flooded as well. Expect some drifts around Island Lake, and that Titcomb Basin will not be fully accessible unless you want to hike on snow. Be prepared for muddy and wet trails!
Out of Boulder Lake, the Ethel Lake loop is open and snow free. I’ve had a second-hand report of Lake Vera being open, but I cannot fully confirm this. The downfall in places on the Ethel Lake loop is substantial.
Scab Creek is open and the trail to Dream Lake is snow free, about nine miles back.
Big Sandy Opening is accessible and snow free to the Cirque. The trail to Dad’s Lake is in bad shape, and has only been cleared a few miles back. Be aware that if you’re doing the Texas Pass Loop, Washakie Pass Loop, or Hailey Pass Loop that you WILL hit substantial downfall on the trail back from Shadow Lake.
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!