It’s that time of year again—the time of year when there is not much to report on. It’s still early spring in the Wind River Range after a harsh winter. With a cold and snowy March and April, none of the trail heads are open west of the Continental Divide.
On a recent backcountry ski trip into the Winds, there was still over 8 feet of snow around Hobbs Lake. But we are headed into a warmer weather pattern; highs in town will be over 50 this week, and the snow won’t be around much longer at lower elevations.
The Green River Lakes road still has about 2 feet of snow cover. The same goes for every trailhead on this side of the Divide. Snow levels in the range are still deep, down to about 8,500 feet in elevation. Nothing is open in the range at this point unless you are using skis to get around.
Be aware that bears are coming out of hibernation; always carry bear spray and keep a clean camp, even when recreating at lower elevations. Keep in mind that protected winter range lands are still closed to human activity until May 15th if you are west of the Divide.
Check back with us in a few weeks for another update, hopefully with more to report on as the temps steadily increase and the snow melts. Get outside and enjoy the shoulder season while you can!
GOTCo, Pinedale Area Hiking/Fishing Shuttles
Recreate Responsibly, Friends of the Bridger-Teton
Bear Wise Wyoming, WY Fish & Game
Wyoming Fishing Regulations, WY Fish & Game
Author: Dalan Adams