Wyoming’s Wind River Range offers one of the country’s most rugged and incredible outdoor experiences. Stunning alpine lakes, jagged peaks, raging rivers, and glacier-carved valleys stretched across 2.25 million acres of wilderness make it the ultimate adventure destination. From hiking to mountain biking and rafting, there’s no shortage of things to experience and explore.
Hike the Continental Divide
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) runs from Canada down to Mexico and passes through Wyoming. An 80-mile portion of the trail crosses the Wind River Range from Bridger-Teton National Forest from the Big Sandy Opening to Green River Lakes. At its highest point, The Winds stretch of the trail reaches over 11,000 feet and showcases some of the most stunning snow-capped peaks in the range. Hikers will also pass by enormous valleys covered in wildflowers, alpine lakes, and likely spot some of the local wildlife like moose, elk, grizzlies, and mountain lions.
Climb the Titcomb Basin
The Titcomb Basin is one of the premier backcountry destinations in the Wind River Range, primarily due to its excellent climbing. The basin is home to the Cirque of the Towers, a collection of jagged granite spires and peaks that surround Lonesome Lake. Alpine climbers love the region for its diverse quality of routes, from class 2 walk-ups to 5.11b technical routes. The basin is also one of two main approaches to Gannett Peak, widely considered the fourth-hardest state highpoint to climb. Non-climbers will have plenty of fun exploring the basin’s four large alpine lakes, which are surrounded on all sides by boulders. Reaching the basin can be difficult, and is a 13-mile hike one way.
Fish the Green River Lakes
Green River Lakes, just 52 miles north of Pinedale, is often considered the source of the Green River, a major tributary of the Colorado River system. As one of the most scenic spots of the Wind River Range, the drive in is almost as thrilling as a day spent fishing here. The Green River Lakes are nestled behind a natural dam carved out by glaciers during the last ice age. The crystal-clear waters perfectly reflect the surrounding Square Top Peak and Bridger Wilderness. Beneath the waters, you’ll find mackinaw, brook, rainbow, and brown trout. It’s also home to cutthroat trout, the only fish species native to Wyoming. The Green River Lake Campground offers 39 individual sites to choose from, but fill up quickly during summer and early fall.
Bike Lander or Pinedale
The Wind River Range offers plenty of opportunities for mountain bikers to get out and explore, but the best trails are located near Lander and Pinedale. The Middle Fork Trail near Lander is easily the most difficult and technical track on the eastern side of the range. The trail begins with a steep and rocky climb uphill before shifting back down on a descent that is probably even tougher. It finally levels out at Sheep’s Bridge before transitioning into fast singletrack alongside the Popo Agie River. Near Pinedale, on the western side of the range, you’ll find 25 miles of trails with highlights of Willow and Fremont Lakes, along with Elk Ridge.