Located in west central Wyoming, the Wind River Range is roughly 100 miles long. It includes many peaks, with several over 13,000 feet in elevation. The Winds include the highest Rocky Mountain peaks outside Colorado.
Many classic alpine rock routes can be found in the Wind Rivers. Many routes are relatively remote.
See Summitpost.org for additional information on the Wind River Range.
US Highway 191 runs along the western side of the Wind River Range.
This route is an excellent alternative to the Gooseneck Gully route, particularly if the Gooseneck bergschrund's snow bridge has melted out. It may be a bit faster than the Gooseneck route, and obviates the need to ascend chossy rock on the lower Gooseneck ridge. The route is not described in Joe Kelsey's guidebook, but the couloir is easily seen from Bonney Pass. The route requires a long approach from Elkhart Park or Trail Ranch. Most parties will take 2 days each way for the approach, i.e. ...[more]Browse More Classics in WY
A great town to hang out in when visiting the Bridger Wilderness and/or The Winds: Pinedale, Wyoming
An awesome food joint, and a cheap way to satisfy your extreme hunger related to playing in The Winds: Sugar Shack (307) 367-6404 310 E Pine St Pinedale (I believe they close up for the "wintry" months)
I did a trip into Cirque of the Towers for 4th of July a couple years back and the mosquitos were like something from a monster movie - make sure you have long pants, long sleeves, and a mosquito net for your head.
By Jason Funk From: Salt Lake City, UT May 1, 2009
I had a similar experience around mid July last year, I couldn't hike fast enough to get away from the swarms down near big sandy lake and bug dope was useless, but up in the Cirque it wasn't too bad. I was back again to deep lake around mid August and I don't remember seeing any. Come prepared for the monster movie and you will be in good shape.
I just got back from the Winds, the mosquitoes were not quite up to Alaskan standards but definitely a force to reckon with. I treated my clothes with www.rei.com/product/751264 , used copious quantities of 100% DEET and kept the bites to a minimum. The mosquito population drops off dramatically after you get past 10,000' or so and get deeper into the range.
Trails End Campground (outside Pinedale, for folks heading up to Titcomb Basin) has running water and charges $12/night, Big Sandy Campground has no running water and charges $9/night.
I spent a night at Rivera Lodge on the main drag through Pinedale, an older place but the new owner is going all out and doing great things with it. She makes an excellent pancake breakfast, too. The whole town seems to shut down for the winter and the location seems to drive up the cost of running any kind of business, so none of the hotels or motels were what I would call cheap.
Wind River Pizza is a good place for pizza, pasta and beer.