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 […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/3/2020

Not much change in the snowpack over the last week. What you will start to notice is the lack of freezing temperatures high in the mountains. Above freezing temperatures have started to wreak havok on the structure of the snow. What we’re seeing is no freeze-thaw cycle of the snowpack below 10,500 feet; for the […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/29/2020

Who would have thought that by the end of May we’d be hiking at 10,000 feet in the Wind River Range?! Although the spring skiing is still here in full force, lots of us are really jonesing to start some summer backpacking trips. Over the last week, we’ve received lot of questions about current conditions […]

Trail Conditions Report 5/22/2020

It wouldn’t be Spring-time in Wyoming without two beautiful 70+ degree days followed by five days of snow! Our short term forecast is looking a little bleak for backpacking in the Winds, but for those with an adventurous spirit there are still plenty of options. On a more positive note, Memorial Day is going to […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/16/2020

Looks like spring is officially upon us! Mid-50s to low-60s seems to be the norm lately, with temps just above freezing for the low at night. This is important. This means the snow-pack is continuing to melt through the night, which speeds up the amount of time until we can get above 10,000 feet. The […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/6/2020

As spring bears down upon Pinedale and the surrounding mountains, the time has come to start dreaming up and planning trips into the high country! Although still early, the warmer spring temperatures and the inevitable rain continue to transform the winter snowpack into a more stable spring snowpack. Over the next few weeks, the snow […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/20/2018

The high mountains are still heavily blanketed with snow. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t hiking and camping to be had at lower elevation trails and trailheads. Below 8500 feet, roads and trails around Pinedale are open and in good shape. There’s not much standing water due to below-average snowfalls here in the valley. Above […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 7/12/2017

Although the major trailheads are accessible and snow-free, the high basins and peaks above 11,000 ft. continue to remain snowed in. The current snow line is hovering between 10,500 ft. and 10,800 ft., depending on aspect. Above these elevations, the snowpack is coming in at a little over 200% of average. Afternoon storms and high […]

Trail Conditions Report 7/3/2017

The current snowline is sitting somewhere between 10, 500 ft. and 10, 700 ft., depending on the aspect. The rate of melt has slowed to around one inch per day, and the rivers down low have already started to stabilize – this is a sign that the worst of the snow melt has subsided. However, […]

Trail Conditions Report 6/25/2017

As the first of the late-June weather arrives in Pinedale, the snow seems to be coming off the mountains faster and faster. High country peaks continue to shed their snowy coats and all trailheads allow access further and further into the mountains. The current snowline sits at the 10,000 – 10,200 foot mark. Temps in […]