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    Wind Rivers

    I am answering this question that came up on Cannibal's thread
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...t=8399&page=19

    Thought I'd start a new thread so as not to Hijack.



    Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post

    There are a FEW areas that are less spectacular than others. So unless you are going to cover a good bit of distance along the divide, pick your areas carefully. But really it's all great. It's just that a few spots are less great than the rest.


    Quote Originally Posted by Walking Bear View Post
    What areas are the best? I have had it on my short list of places to hike for about four years now and still have not made it. I might have to find out when you are going in Sept and tag along.
    Wow, there are a lot of choices. But the number one sure fired (IMO) to get to the spectacular country the quickest is to go to Big Sandy trail head about 45 minutes(?) west of Pinedale, WY. Or west of Boulder, WY( even smaller town). Now a rough dirt road gets you to this trail head and from there very quickly into the heart of the range and the Continental Divide. Hence, it is very popular, and in the summertime very crowded at least by Wind River standards. Likely, you will park at a very crowded parking area/camp ground. Don't let that discourage you, you will actually see very few folks on the trail, and almost none after the 1st day of hiking. From where you park at about 9100 feet I think, about 6 miles and 500 feet up the trail you will arrive at Big Sandy Lake, and steep jagged peaks will rise about 2000-3000 feet straight up above you. This ( and nearby lake's like Clear Lake) will normally be the most crowded lake in the range. Often you can find good campsites, often you can't. Don't worry, just go 1/4 - 2 miles back down the river that drains this lake for endless campsites all to yourself.

    Or, last year in early Sept, it was a bit too crowded for us at Big Sandy. We took a chance and went 500 feet higher ( maybe a mile further?) to Clear Lake






    and had it all to ourselves for two days! And it was even more beautiful than Big sandy, and just gets better from there into Temple Basin. And the hanging was better than at Big Sandy.

    The next day hike north from Big Sandy Lake over Jack A*s Pass to the Cirque of the Towers at Lonesome Lake, mind blowing!

    I'll pick this up later, I've got to go eat at Cracker Barrel!
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    So, Walking Bear, that 1st post was a summary of the main hike in from a trailhead that quickly gets you to the high jagged peaks. That hike is along the Big Sandy River most of the way, which is beautiful in it's own right, and has unlimited opportunities for hanging. There are also a couple of un-named lakes that the river flows into before you get to Big Sandy Lake. You will have most of that stretch to yourself, and the river and lakes are all full of trout.

    Alternatively, starting from the same TH, about 1/2 mile down that trail, bear left, get on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and go a total of about 5.2 miles to Dad's lake. This is a beautiful spot, but showed signs of heavy use last time I was there. Or you can go about another 1.5 miles to Marm's Lake. Poor tent sites but fine for a hammock. At a total of about 8.5 miles if you bear right (East) you can go another 4 miles up the spectacular and beautiful Washaki Creek past Shadow and finally Texas Lake ( NO TREES HERE! Above timberline!). Try to time this so that you can then climb over Texas pass(south of Texas lake) and drop down again to the Cirque of the Towers and Lonesome Lake. Spend a day or two in this incredible U-shaped glacial cirque, at the 10000 foot lake surrounded by 13000 foot peaks.( Like Lizard Head, Pingora and WARBONNET!) Peaks rising straight up from the lake. Lot's of trees and nice camp sites from the lake for miles down the river. Then head south again oner that Jack A*s pass mentioned earlier back to Big Sandy Lake( a couple of miles but HARD traveling) and then 6 miles back to your car.

    Or, don't turn off of the CDT at Washaki Creek, but just keep north on the CDT. For 110 miles to the next paved road. You will stay at about 10000 feet with the Continental Divide's jagged 13000 ft. peaks a few miles to your right
    a few miles. It will be hundreds of lakes and streams, lot's of forest and lot's of above timberline, for 110 miles.

    So there you go. If you have never been to the Wind Rivers, the Big Sandy campground TH is a fine place to start, with many options for spectacular and beautiful hikes available. Above are 3 or 4 of many possibilities from this one trail head. But there are many other great trailheads, like Elkhart Park to the north and many eastern THs. But I don't think any of them get you into the heart of it any quicker or easier.

    I hope you get to make this trip someday!



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    Wow, Being only a hop and a skip from the winds my self, I have heard lots about them, talked with people I know that have been there to hike and climb, seen some pics, but never made the trip my self. BillyBob your pics are great. Now you have me wanting to make a trip out that way for a hike and some scrambling.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Paul

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    Thanks for the great information. I will print this out and put it in the hiking file so that I can find it. Great photos and description.
    Do you fish when you are in the Wind Rivers area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walking Bear View Post
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    Do you fish when you are in the Wind Rivers area?
    Most times ( not all) trout fishing has been a big part of the trip. There is just something about wading one of those rivers or being on one of those lakes, pulling out a fat Cutthroat or Rainbow trout or other types of fish. While simultaneously being overwhelmed by a jagged peak, maybe with a little glacier on it, rising 3000 feet straight up from the shore line.

    And, it can make for a delicious break from boiled water food!

    I've got a couple of 30 sec videos that really tell the tale, but I can't figure out how to upload them. ( .MOV ). Even if I figure that out, one of them has the barely audible common word for Arse or buttocks in it, I believe. The text censor won't allow that, but in a video?

    Oh, I later figureed out how to pitch that tarp much tighter. But when this HH pic was taken, I was still suffering from severe altitude sickness and could just not figure the whole hammock/tarp thing out. None the less, I slept blissfully!
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    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgibson View Post
    Wow, Being only a hop and a skip from the winds my self, I have heard lots about them, talked with people I know that have been there to hike and climb, seen some pics, but never made the trip my self. BillyBob your pics are great. Now you have me wanting to make a trip out that way for a hike and some scrambling.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Paul
    You're welcome! But, close to you are those fantastic Sawtooth Mtns and, is it the Whiteclouds? Not to forget the Tetons right on the Idaho border. Still, the Winds are kind of unique!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    BTW, Brandon (WBG), that peak on the far left in the last pic is War Bonnet Peak! Rising above Lonesome Lake( in the pic) and Arrowhead lake.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    BTW, Brandon (WBG), that peak on the far left in the last pic is War Bonnet Peak! Rising above Lonesome Lake( in the pic) and Arrowhead lake.
    ok, cool, i can see why they call it that, lonesome lake, i think that's where or near the place i wanted to check out, cirque of the towers: http://www.waltonsmountains.com/mtns/cot.html


    here's the warbonnet peak (in the idaho sawtooth) i got my name from
    http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/r...nnet-peak.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    ok, cool, i can see why they call it that, lonesome lake, i think that's where or near the place i wanted to check out, cirque of the towers: http://www.waltonsmountains.com/mtns/cot.html
    Yep, Lonesome Lake sits right in the middle of the cirque of the towers.


    here's the warbonnet peak (in the idaho sawtooth) i got my name from
    http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/r...nnet-peak.html
    WOW! That is one beautiful peak there! The Sawtooths definitely live up to their name. Well, I thought I had a peak for your logo, but looks like you already have one. I didn't know there was a Warbonnet peak in the Sawtooths.

    It reminds me of these peaks http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/a...3&d=1246664028 , above Shadow Lake, on the far right of the 4th pic in post #6 above, if you blow it up some for a closer view. I don't know if this is Sharks Nose or Pylon or Warrior Peaks, or some combo of all (likely). However, in that pic, you are looking at the back side of the Cirque of the Towers, which- with Lonesome Lake- is on the other side of those peaks. In some ways you actually have a better view of the COT's peaks from Shadow Lake on the other side. Of course, what you do is hike up Washaki Creek past Shadow Lake to Texas lake and then OVER Texas Pass( to the far left of those peaks in pic#4 of post#6) and down into Lonesome Lake. Or do it in reverse. Then you see it from all angles. But let me tell ya, for an old guy like me going from sea level to altitude, hiking over Jack Arse Pass to Lonesome L. and then over Texas Pass to Texas/Shadow Lake ( or vice versa) is some serious ba*l busting hiking. All the more reason to be able to settle into a hammock after all day of that!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
    Romans 8:18,21-22

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    Yah The Sawtooths and the White Clouds are both only a little over an hour or two away from me (depends on traffic through Sun Valley) I am actually hopping to be able to make a trip into the Sawtooths in the next couple weeks. It has finally started to warm up here and some of the snow might finally be melting up there. BillyBob have you been able to hike up there before? It really is a great place and it is nice to have it so close but there are so many places that I would love to hike this thread has got me wanting to add the Winds to that list.

    Paul

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