With the big solar eclipse date just around the corner, it took careful planning to ensure I would enjoy Titcomb Basin sans the crowds. It tends to be just as popular as Cirque of the Towers.
To be continued . . .
- Date(s) Hiked: 8/16-17/17
- Mileage: Approximately 18-20 (conserving battery so didn’t track)
- Elevation Gain/Loss: Unknown, constant up and down (conserving battery so didn’t track)
- Trail Conditions:
- Tree obstacles: none
- Overgrowth: none
- Signage: moderate on main trails
- Terrain: lots of muck primarily from excessive pack animal use; also rocky ground
- Water: plentiful (except for initial 6ish miles)
- Camping: excellent
- Solitude: Expect lots of company on trail. Many day hike from the trailhead to Photographers Point, many base camp at Seneca Lake or Island Lake and day hike to Titcomb Basin. There are however plenty of places to find solitude off trail.
- Bugs: plentiful but I didn’t use any repellent this trip
- Wildlife Sightings: none beyond birds, squirrels, chipmunks, pika, and marmuts
- Precip: I had a little rain my first and last day of this trip
- Temp: Overnight varied and seemed to fluctuate a lot in the 30’s and 40’s, highs were probably in 60’s-70’s.
- Jan’s Cherry Picker Delight Scale: 4++ cherries (out of 5)
- Be prepared for altitude, elevation changes, weather changes, bugs and navigation. Also review current food protection requirements/guidelines (I used an Ursack with an Opsack liner). If I were to hike this loop again, I’d use my bear canister as in many areas there were no trees to use as an anchor for my Ursack.
- Bridger Teton National Forest, Bridger Wilderness
- Nancy Pallister’s book, Beyond Trails in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming
- Ron Adkison’s book, Hiking Wyoming’s Wind River Range
- Beartooth Publishing Wind River Range North Outdoor Recreation Map