Trail Conditions Report 7/12/2023

  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 […]

Trail Conditions Report 7/3/2023

  Ahoy, enthusiasts! A very wet June is ending, and looking towards July, we are heading into a dry weather pattern. We will still see some nighttime alpine thunderstorms and light rain, but nothing like the consistently wet June we have had. Watching the mountains from the valley, it feels like you can see the […]

Trail Conditions Report 6/20/2023

  Ahoy again, trail folks! Here in Sublette County, we have had a lot of rain. In Pinedale, we are sitting at about double the normal average rainfall – it is helping the snow melt, but not as fast as 80 degrees and sunny days would. We also had a small, short cold snap on […]

Trail Conditions Report 6/13/2023

  Ahoy, trail people! Not too much melting has been going on in the range—some, but not a lot. You can make it a few steps further on the trail every day. It has been a rainy few weeks here in Pinedale, and I’ve watched it rain at 12,000 feet all over the range the […]

Trail Conditions Report 6/5/2023

  Spring is in full swing!   We’ve had lots of rain this last week, and it’s starting to look very green out there. Any water crossings should be approached wisely and thoughtfully. Water will likely be moving more swiftly than appearances let on. Along those same lines, use care when selecting a campsite that […]

Trail Conditions Report 5/29/2023

  Alright people, things are happening in the range. We have had a lot of melting this past three weeks down low and in the high alpine. You are able to access almost all trailheads on this side of the divide, with the exception of Big Sandy. All the lakes down low across Sublette County […]

Trail Conditions Report 5/1/2023

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 […]

Trail Conditions Report 7/18/2022

Just like that, peak backpacking season is upon us. The Winds’ last vestiges of snow are on their way out and most anywhere you’d want to go is accessible. The stream crossings are down from their spring run-off levels and the trails aren’t too muddy. The biggest issue now is the inescapable mosquito population, but […]

Trail Conditions Report 7/11/2022

It’s time, folks. The mountains are opening up so fast it’s hard to keep up. Pretty much all of the snow below 11,000 feet is gone, meaning most large loops in the Winds are ready to travel. The Highline Trail is almost clear, but fallen trees in the southern Winds have made for some awfully […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 7/4/2022

  Pinedale has been hopping lately! We have seen a rush of people flocking to town and to the hills to celebrate the long holiday weekend. With that in mind, a quick reminder for those who might be visiting: fireworks of any kind are illegal in Sublette County without a permit. The effects of fireworks […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/27/2022

Ladies and gentleman, the mosquitos have arrived. We knew the day would come, but oh, how badly we wished it wouldn’t. Over the course of the week, we noticed the bugs go from just a little annoying to full-on feasting. If you haven’t already, we recommend picking up some DEET — 100% formula is all […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/21/2022

An awesome amount of snow melted out of the Winds this week. Even a cursory glance from town reveals that the steep south- and west-facing aspects of the highest peaks are baring their granite. This doesn’t mean that the trails up high are dry or snow-free, but it’s a big step in that direction, and […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/13/2022

The word of the week: MELTOFF. At last, it’s begun in the high alpine of the Winds. Those consistent additions of snow I mentioned last week have slowed down. The only snow in the forecast is about two inches expected at elevations above 11,000 feet. Less falling snow plus summer temperatures means the backcountry will […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 6/6/2022

UPDATED: 6/7/2022 It’s starting to feel a lot like summer down here in the valley, but snow is still falling on the high country. Elevations over 9,400′ saw new accumulation this week. We’re patiently waiting on that high snowpack to start melting off, but these late, consistent additions of snow mean great things for water […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/30/2022

UPDATE: New snow fall over the weekend returned snowline back down to around 9,400′. Reports show a couple new inches of snow at Elkhart Park and much more over 10,000′. Oh, how good it is to see green again! Aspen trees are budding, grasses are sprouting, and warmer days bring about the omnipresent, bittersweet smell […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/23/2022

We’ve reached that point in the year when the low country has said “farewell” to winter. The snow below 9,000’ elevation is gone for good, or so we hope. The front country lakes including Fremont Lake, Half Moon Lake, Boulder Lake, Soda Lake, and more, are all completely free of ice. The opportunities for day […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/16/2022

The whipping winds kept most of us inside for the better part of last week, but the sun stayed hard at work melting the snow. The next few days will bring lots of sunshine and temperatures reaching the upper 60s which will further accelerate melt-off. The snow line in the Wind River Range ascended 300 […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 5/9/2022

Holy cow, the snow is melting fast! In the past week, many of the trailheads on our side of the range melted off completely and our overall snow line rose another 600’; it now sits around 8,600’. Lower elevation lakes are thawing quickly, with Boulder Lake leading the charge. As of May 1, Wildlife Habitat […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 4/30/2022

The first few weeks of spring continue to bring us inclement and unpredictable weather at all elevations. The winds have been whipping and we saw our first true afternoon thunderstorm in the valley last Thursday. A few new inches of snow fell above 8,500’, which isn’t great news for those of us anxiously awaiting the […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 4/20/2022

Hints of spring abound this week. The sun is shining and the antelope can be caught outside of town returning to their summer feeding grounds. We haven’t reached the end of winter yet, though, with wintry mix in the forecast for the week ahead. Daytime highs will remain in the 40s and nights will continue […]

Trailhead Conditions Report 7/24/2021

Wyoming is slowly entering into an “exceptional drought” phase, meaning, “the highest category, exceptional drought, or D4, corresponds to an area experiencing exceptional and widespread crop and pasture losses, fire risk, and water shortages that result in water emergencies.” Please be sure you’re adhering to the fire ban set in place by the Bridger-Teton National […]