WY – Indian Basin, Northern Wind River Mountains, Bridger Wilderness

After an outstanding day at Titcomb Basin, I worried about the rest of my trip. Would I be underwhelmed? As is common, I frequently have little or no advance information about an area, so expectations are pretty much non existent. This was the case with Indian Basin, although I’d been told it was an area not to be missed. 

I believe this is Pothole Lake near the junction of  Titcomb Basin and Indian Basin.

If you thought the above photo looks cold, you’d be right. There was as they say frost on the pumpkin

There was even a newly formed thin layer of ice on some of the ponds. 

Spring comes late at 10-12,000 feet. With wildflowers like these Columbine, you won’t hear me complaining.

By a little after 9am, I was back at the Titcomb/Indian Basin junction. 

I took time to explore an unnamed lake near the trail. 

Back on trail, I took a break near this beautiful waterfall. 

The waterfall looks so small in the big picture, but it was huge and had quite the voice. 

Since I liked the waterfall so much, I decided to set up camp nearby so I’d be carrying a little less weight while ascending Indian Pass. In retrospect it was a great idea as the basin was extremely wet and not ready for camping.

A close up view of the little pond just above and to the left of my tent. 

Soon enough I was back on trail. 

You can see the pass. It took me about 2.5 hours from the waterfall.

Looking back from where I’ve come.

Walking near this collapsed snowfield was a bit scary. By the way, there was a LOT of snow to walk on while ascending Indian Pass.

There were so many false summits. Would I ever reach the top? 

FINALLY, the stick that represents the summit. 

Looking back in the direction I’d come and off toward Pinedale. 

View from the top to the other side. Not very impressive especially as I was expecting to see glaciers. 

This is part of Knife Point Glacier. Sadly, it is still covered in snow so no evidence that it was a glacier. 

I enjoyed the views just as much during my descent. 

Back at camp as I watched a marmot play, I saw this very sad rock. I’m sure he wished he were round, but I told him it was okay to be different and he needed to turn his frown upside down. 

This solo rock should help frowny rock with that smile. 

I think maybe Big Agnes got ideas for their color palette from this sunset. 

To be continued . . .

Hike Details:

  • Date(s) Hiked: 8/18/17
  • Mileage: Approximately 10 miles (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: muck from wet ground, consolidated snow travel, rocky
  • Water: plentiful
  • Camping: not very good at this time due to everything still being snowy or soggy
  • Solitude: Expect a few day hikers
  • Bugs: plentiful but I didn’t use any repellent this trip
  • Wildlife Sightings: none beyond birds, squirrels, chipmunks, pika, and marmuts
  • Precip: None this day
  • Temp: Dropped to 33 overnight in my tent
  • Jan’s Cherry Picker Delight Scale: 4++ cherries (out of 5)

Tips:

  • 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.

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2 thoughts on “WY – Indian Basin, Northern Wind River Mountains, Bridger Wilderness

  1. I’ve never commented on your posts before. I just always read and am amazed at the beautiful places you explore. I have backpacked in the Wind River Range many years ago with my husband, but I don’t know if I would feel comfortable going alone. I guess that comes with practice. I guess you could say I’m envious of your adventureious spirit to go to these out of the way places by yourself. Do you ever feel frightened?

    • I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed my travels. The Winds were everything I’d hoped for. Thankfully I’ve rarely felt scared or nervous in the wilderness. On my last night someone was shooting in the far distance. Sounded like target practice but I didn’t like knowing that was nearby. I feel much more uncomfortable in my home town than on trails. I’m extra vigilant near trailheads and road access areas. If I waited for a companion is still be sitting on the couch. It’s hard finding compatibility and availability.

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