Baptiste Lake is deep in the Winds, nestled just east of the Divide at the headwaters of the South Fork of the Little Wind River. It is a wideopen setting, above timberline, surrounded by some of the Winds' most impressive scenery. Across the valley is the North Face of Mt. Hooker, and towering above the east shore of the lake is Musembeah Peak, a complicated mix of ridges, walls, and rocky couloirs. Mt. Lander, at the head of the Baptiste valley, is another proud summit, with many other lesser peaks offering a wide array of climbing objectives. The area is remote and one is likely to see more fisherpeople than climbers, although several routes are genuine classics. There's alot of room for new routes, and many established climbs are obscure and seldom visited. It's a great area for adventurous parties.
Fishing in Baptiste, once one of the best lakes in the range, declined in a shocking way through the last part of the 20th century, but is regaining its reputation and quality. Camping sites are aplenty but if the weather falls apart be prepared for a wild and windy experience.
Some of the peaks are located on the Wind River Indian Reservation, where special travel regulations may apply.
Parties can reach the Baptiste area from the Big Sandy trailhead, coming over Hailey Pass. That is one long hump of approximately 18 miles. Coming in from Dickenson Park on the east side will net you an approach of about 15 miles, and is probably the 'easiest' entry. Inquire with the Forest Service in Lander (Shoshone N.F.) about the road up to Dickenson, as conditions and travel restrictions change.
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Featured Route For Baptiste Lake
Sendero Luminoso Free 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a WY
: Wind River Range
: ... : Mount Hooker
This is an Incredible and sustained free climb. Very technical climbing, from patina crimping, to tech-9 seam navigation. Nik, Dave and I spent two summers out at Mount Hooker working on this route, employing a variety of techniques to find the free line- aid climbing endless beak seams, equipping free variations ground-up off hooks and stances, and hours spent working sequences on mini-traxion. The first 5 pitches actually follow an original attempt of the wall, joining Sendero Luminoso at the ...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
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