Ahoy trail people, SOOO much change since the last trail report.
The Cirque – BOOM, OPEN. Titcomb Basin – BOOM, OPEN. The Highline – BOOM, OPEN.
It’s time in the Winds, but there are still things that we need to be aware of to keep us safe out there. We still have a lot of high water crossings out there, but rivers are dropping fast, so they should get easier as the season goes on. Mosquitoes are really starting to make an appearance across the range, but totally manageable with the correct gear, just like all outdoor activities.
If you are shooting for Wyoming’s high point this month, it’s looking good. There is still some snow on the south side of Bonnie Pass. There will be some talus on your hike down to the glacier. The snow bridge going up the main route to Gannett is still in play, and it will stay that way for the next couple of weeks. If you do summit Gannett, let me know about your hike conditions, and if you dare, send me some photos: Dalan@greatoutdoorshop.com.
Pinedale had a wonderful last week with Independence Day and Green River Rendezvous festivities. It kept some trailheads busy with day hikers, but it’s backpacking season now! The only area in the range where I don’t have a confirmed report of no snow is past Three Forks Park continuing up to Summit Lake and Elbow Lake. Don’t let that stop you if you are coming up for a trip in that area. My gut is saying that it’s clean with little snow.
Big Sandy Trailhead (9,085′) – Snow Depth: 0″
Big Sandy Trailhead is open. Trails are in good shape leading up to the passes themselves. Jackass Pass is pretty much snow-free, Texes and other passes in that area will have snow on them but excellent boot tracks.
Scab Creek Trailhead (8,200′) – Snow Depth: 0″
Scab Creek Trailhead is open. All the high alpine meadows in this section of the range are good, but if you are headed into Bonneville Basin, expect snow and lakes over 11,000 feet to have some ice on them.
Boulder Lake Trailhead (7,300′) – Snow Depth: 0″
Boulder Lake Trailhead is open and the trails are in good shape. Enjoy the miles!
Elkhart Park Trailhead (9,350′) – Snow Depth: 0″
Elkhart Park Trailhead is open. We had some employees make it into Titcomb Basin last week to fish Mistake Lake. The trails were a little wet at some points, and plan to get a little wet around Seneca Lake. In the basin itself, both lakes in Titcomb were ice-free. Mistake Lake still holds ice.
Spring Creek Trailhead (8,200′) – Snow Depth: 0″
Spring Creek Trailhead is open. Glimpse Lake Trail has yet to be cleared of downed trees past Glimpse Lake. Trapper Creek Trail is ready to hike all the way to its link-up with the Highline Trail.
New Fork Lakes Trailhead (7,900′) – Snow Depth: 0″
New Fork Lakes Trailhead is open. You can connect this trailhead to the CDT and beyond. Some small patches of snow could be hanging around in the canyons on northern aspects, but overall, it is ready to go.
Green River Lakes Trailhead (8,040′) – Snow Depth: 0″
Green River Lakes Trailhead is open. Easy hiking to Three Forks Park, but just past that area, headed towards Summit Lake, you will encounter some snow.
As always, please use good decision-making while out and have fun!
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