5/22/2024 - Wind River Range

Trail conditions report

Share this report:

Northern Lights over Wind River Range
Northern lights over the Wind River Range.

Overview

Howdy, trail friends!

A lot is starting to open up around here west of the Divide, and spring is well underway! For the trails that have opened up, you can hike back about six to eight miles before you run into any real snow. Trails will be muddy, and you will have some water crossings. You can get in some miles in some of the lower elevation hikes down in the foothills of the range that will be dry for the most part and have been in good shape.

There is still quite a bit of snow up high, but with snow melting every day, we will be able to start creeping deeper and deeper into the range. When looking at the SnowTel map, the southern range is still trying to hold onto snow. Big Sandy is sitting at 219%, Hobbs Park at 139%, and Deer Park at 170%. So it looks like we have some time before it's really game on. We have had a bunch of this season's new employees getting out and after it: Green River Lakes, Blueberry Lake, Climbing in Sinks Canyon. 

A few weekends ago, most states, and most certainly Wyoming, got to experience seeing the northern lights. I was one of the lucky few to get to watch the light show, just outside of town, but can only imagine seeing them from somewhere in the Winds.

Elkhart Park Trailhead

Inaccessible

Snowpack is still at 10%. I know a few locals who have made it up to the trailhead with larger vehicles; there are no first-hand reports of anybody making it out to Sacred Rim.

9350 ft
Elevation

Green River Lakes Trailhead

Accessible

The road into the Upper Green River Lakes is now open and dry a good chunk of the way, but count on running into some mud and washboard sections.

8040 ft
Elevation

Big Sandy Trailhead

Inaccessible

Snowpack is still at 219%. I have yet to talk to anyone who has driven into Big Sandy this year. Big Sandy and Elkhart Park are usually the last ones to open.

9085 ft
Elevation

Boulder Lake Trailhead

Accessible
7300 ft
Elevation

New Fork Lakes Trailhead

Accessible

Able to hike a ways up the New Fork canyon. No reports of hikers on the Double Top Trail yet but guessing you can make it a couple of miles once on the ridge. 

7900 ft
Elevation

Scab Creek Trailhead

Accessible
8200 ft
Elevation

Spring Creek Trailhead

Limited Access

4WD and high clearance are highly recommended.

8200 ft
Elevation

Author - Dalan

Jump to section

Additional resources

Contribute info

If you find these reports useful, please consider contributing infomation from your recent trips:

Recent reports

Share this report:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *