Trailhead Conditions Report 7/15/2021

The mountains are finally fully open! Backpackers and trekkers are making their way throughout the entire range snow-free, although those that have been here before may notice that its a bit early for the snow to be gone. We’ve been seeing a heat wave wash over the Mountain West since early June and our area […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/27/2021

The past few days has brought some much needed moisture to the Winds; a low snow year and hotter-than-average temps left us with a very early deficit of water to draw from. Unfortunately this deficit leaves the Mountain West in a precarious position in terms of wildfire risk, and at a very early point in […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/23/2021

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 […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/12/2021

The snow under 9800 feet is mostly gone thanks to the warm, late-spring weather we’ve been experiencing the past week. Currently, the snow line sits around 10,000 feet. With warm daytime temps forecasted for the foreseeable future, the snow line will continue to creep upwards. Keep in mind, however, that June is still quite early […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/5/2021

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 […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/28/2021

The cruddy spring weather seems to want to linger, even as we inch our way towards late-spring and early-summer. Above 9,800 feet, 6-12 inches fell over the last few days, keeping the high-country covered for a little longer. Believe me when I say that the warmer weather promised to us for the next few days […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/21/2021

Over the past week, the snowline has receded radically. Only a week ago, Elkhart park was inaccessible and under 10 inches of snow; two days ago, I drove up there for the first time this year. A cursory glance from the highway reveals the range seems to be melting rapidly. As the freezing line moves […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/13/2021

Trails and trailheads below 9000 feet continue to melt as the warmer days look to be sticking around; in general, you can expect the snow line to be hovering around 8700-9000 feet, depending on the aspect and elevation. Over the last few days, the northern Winds received around 12 inches of new snow over 11,500 […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/5/2021

Though many get frustrated with the ups and downs of spring, you have to embrace the moods of the mountains. Locals call the sub-season of March, April and May “mud season”, and for good reason too. It can be frustrating to know that trails are hikeable, but muddy. As seasonal winter wildlife closures ease, I’m […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 4/14/2021

As the first wave of warm, spring days give way to the typical windy, brisk days of April, we’re reminded that we are both quite close but also far from the pleasant Wyoming summers we all know and love. The highs lately (in the valley) have been hovering around the low-to-mid 40s, with unusually high […]

State of the Snowpack: 3/25/2021

As we dive head-first into Spring – which officially started March 20th – we’ve unknowingly stumbled into one of the driest March’s I can remember. Most of the ground snow in town is gone, but the mountains seem to be holding on! The high mountains continue to stay cold above 11,000 feet, but there is […]

Trail Conditions Update 9/25/2020

As is typical in any September in the high country, the Wind River Range is experiencing some tumultuous weather as we head into the month of October. Some snow slated for this weekend may put a stopper in some people’s plans, but according to mountain-forecast.com, this storm is supposed to drop around 2 inches at […]

Storm Conditions Update 9/11/2020

As no doubt many of you have heard already, a massive storm and wind event rolled through the Wind River Range on Monday. Although most of the projected snow hit the east side of the range, the wind that followed the storm downed hundred of trees across trails below treeline. Though the extent of the […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 8/22/2020

It’s been a couple of weeks, but I thought we’d share a few things about this late summer-early fall season that should be on everyone’s minds. Starting out with some good news, put away the bug nets, cause the bugs are gone! With the freezing temperatures returning at night, the bugs have slowly died off […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 7/22/2020

As we move further into our summer season, most all of the Wind River Range is accessible. Only on the highest passes, tallest peaks and glaciers will you find snow. All creek crossings are calming down and are passable with some shallow wading. As warm as the temperatures have been, and with little rain to […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 7/15/2020

It seems that the hotter-than-average summer predicted for Wyoming is coming to pass. With a high yesterday of 73F above 11,000 feet, the remaining snow is melting fast. This super heating is causing swelling creeks in the high country. One of note is Pole Creek. Not only was it high in most places, but it […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 7/11/2020

Over the last week, snowlines in the Winds have jumped considerably. Expect snowline to be between 10,800 and 11,000 feet, with sparse snow still lingering at the upper end of that spectrum. Without freezing temperatures at night, the snowline will quickly rise higher over the next couple of weeks. Be prepared for temperatures in the […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 7/3/2020

Spring just doesn’t want to let up! Did that groundhog see his shadow? This past storm dumped around 6-12 inches of snow in the high country. This pushes things back a bit, but looking at the immediate forecast, it looks like nice sunny days for the forseeable future. Fingers crossed. Other than a blanket of […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/24/2020

As of Monday we’ve officially crossed into Summer Solstice, and therefore our core backpacking season in the Wind River Range. The high temperatures are super-heating the snowpack and are melting 2-4 inches off the snowpack per day. For the northern half of the range (Elkhart and north), expect a snowline hovering between 10,200 and 10,500 […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/19/2020

As our Spring continues to get weird, the Wind River High Country continues to open up above 10,000 feet. In the southern end of the range (think Boulder Lake and south), expect a snowline hovering around 10,300-10,500 feet. The northern half of the range (Elkhart to Green River Lakes), the snowline still hovers around that […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/11/2020

Just when you think it’s finally summer… You get another 6 inches of snow in town and it melts the next day! That’s just the way things go in Wyoming. All of us at the shop can attest to having seen snow in every month of the year in town and in the Winds! With […]