Gannett Peak is the highest peak in the Wind River Range and the state of Wyoming. It is identified by it's broad snow capped summit. The peak is flanked by five glaciers: Dinwoody, Gooseneck and Gannett on the east. Mammoth and Minor glaciers on the west. The first ascent was made in 1922 by Arthur Tate and Floyd Stahlnaker. The Gooseneck Route is the most popular.
Several approach trails exist. The Gannett and Fremont Peak North USGS quads are most useful in determining the most suitable approach route to your destination. The Glacier Trail, from Trail Lake Ranch is quite popular (23 miles).
This route is an excellent alternative to the Gooseneck Gully route, particularly if the Gooseneck bergschrund's snow bridge has melted out. It may be a bit faster than the Gooseneck route, and obviates the need to ascend chossy rock on the lower Gooseneck ridge. The route is not described in Joe Kelsey's guidebook, but the couloir is easily seen from Bonney Pass. The route requires a long approach from Elkhart Park or Trail Ranch. Most parties will take 2 days each way for the approach, i.e. ...[more]Browse More Classics in WY