How in the heck did I end up in Wyoming in April? Well this happened . . . a weather episode on the Arizona Trail convinced me to move onward to Utah, where a people episode sent me high-tailing it north. No foul, no harm as I’d always wanted to see the big mountains of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming sporting their winter coats of white.
The communities of Pinedale and Boulder are considered gateways to the Wind River Wilderness and were a perfect place to spend a few days gathering information for my planned August visit. While in the area I spent some time out and about enjoying the shoulder season. First up was Fremont Lake, the second largest natural lake in Wyoming.
I made it to the Scenic Overlook but was hoping to make it to Elkhart Park and maybe even to Photographers Point. Without snowshoes or skis that wasn’t going to happen. This would have been a treacherous hike without traction devices. At the lower elevations there was a fair amount of ice on bare pavement sections, where admittedly I took a slip and hard fall before I donned my YakTrax (yes my instinct told me to stop and put them on earlier).
Date(s) Hiked: April 11-12, 2016
Road Trip Day(s) #53-54 out of 88
- My favorite shoe traction devices:
- My favorite winter hiking shoes:
- Altra Lone Peak Neo (I’ve used with all of the above traction devices)
- Pinedale Online
- Sublette County Visitor Center in Pinedale
- Great Outdoor Shop in Pinedale
- Pinedale Ranger District (Bridger-Teton National Forest)
- Bridger Wilderness (home to the Wind River Range)
- Maps for Wind River
- Books for Wind River