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Wind River Range Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Located in west central Wyoming, the Wind River Range is roughly 100 miles long. It includes many peaks, with several over 13,000 feet in elevation. The Winds include the highest Rocky Mountain peaks outside Colorado.

Many classic alpine rock routes can be found in the Wind Rivers. Many routes are relatively remote.

See Summitpost.org for additional information on the Wind River Range.

Getting There 

US Highway 191 runs along the western side of the Wind River Range.

Climbing Season



Weather station 21.4 miles from here

125 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',33],['3 Stars',57],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',20],['5.7',10],['5.8',10],['5.9',24],['5.10',30],['5.11',14],['5.12',11],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wind River Range

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wind River Range:
Gooseneck Glacier Route   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     Trad, Alpine, Grade II   Dinwoody Glacier Area. : Gannett Peak
Gannett Peak, South East Couloir   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a AI2     Ice, Alpine, 600'   Dinwoody Glacier Area. : Gannett Peak
East Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   Cirque of the Towers : Wolfs Head
Cirque of the Towers Traverse   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, Grade IV   Cirque of the Towers : Pingora
North Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'   Titcomb Basin Area : Ellingwood Peak
East Face, Left Side Cracks   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   Cirque of the Towers : Pingora
North Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 650'   Deep Lake Area : Steeple Peak
South Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 500'   Cirque of the Towers : Pingora
Northeast Face   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 12 pitches, 1200'   Cirque of the Towers : Pingora
North Face Center (Ecclesiastes)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches, 1000'   Cirque of the Towers : Mitchell Peak
Minor Dihedral   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   Deep Lake Area : Haystack Mountain
Midsummer Dome, South Face Center   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 500'   East Fork Valley
Southwest arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Deep Lake Area : Lost Temple Spire
South Face, Right   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches   Cirque of the Towers : Wolfs Head
Weather Or Not...   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 750'   Cirque of the Towers : Warbonnet Peak
Northeast Arete   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   Cirque of the Towers : Sundance Pinnacle
feather buttress   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Cirque of the Towers : Warbonnet Peak
Black Elk   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Cirque of the Towers : Warbonnet Peak
Brown Cow   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   Cirque of the Towers : Warbonnet Peak
Jaded Lady   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 1800'   Baptiste Lake : Mount Hooker
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Featured Route For Wind River Range
Rock Climbing Photo: Musembeah from Mt. Lander, showing West Buttress.

West Buttress 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  WY : Wind River Range : ... : Musembeah Peak
This is the best line in the central Winds, especially if parties keep to the crest of the upper arete. It's character is that of a mountaineering rock climb, with route finding issues, sometimes unpredictably wet patches, but still, generally enjoyable climbing on good rock. The final pitches provide withering exposure and wonderful movement up sustained cracks and chimneys. Ledges are timely and comfortable. The first ascent climbed the shady rock left of the crest to finish, slightly ...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

Photos of Wind River Range Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Mid-September in West Central Wyoming.
Mid-September in West Central Wyoming.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fall storm in the Cirque
Fall storm in the Cirque
Rock Climbing Photo: reflections.
reflections.
Rock Climbing Photo: looking at the cirque, from deep lake. warbonnet o...
looking at the cirque, from deep lake. warbonnet o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fred Beckey in the Winds in 1997
Fred Beckey in the Winds in 1997
Rock Climbing Photo: Pingora in Cirque of the Towers
Pingora in Cirque of the Towers
Rock Climbing Photo: Wolf's Head, Tiger Tower and Pingora
Wolf's Head, Tiger Tower and Pingora
Rock Climbing Photo: April 2012 ski trip into Deep Lake and Cirque of t...
April 2012 ski trip into Deep Lake and Cirque of t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Windy Winds and Rivery Rivers
Windy Winds and Rivery Rivers
Rock Climbing Photo: summit ridge of Gannett Peak
summit ridge of Gannett Peak
Rock Climbing Photo: Wilderness bouldering potential!
Wilderness bouldering potential!
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Bonneville sunset.
Mt. Bonneville sunset.
Rock Climbing Photo: Wind River Range
Wind River Range
Rock Climbing Photo: The Warriors-Cirque of the Towers. Photo by Blitzo...
The Warriors-Cirque of the Towers. Photo by Blitzo...
Rock Climbing Photo: stars above Warbonnet and Warrior I from the meado...
stars above Warbonnet and Warrior I from the meado...
Rock Climbing Photo: War Bonnet. Photo by Blitzo.
War Bonnet. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Trail sign for Jackass Pass
Trail sign for Jackass Pass
Rock Climbing Photo: Saw lots of moose in the Green River Lakes area, W...
Saw lots of moose in the Green River Lakes area, W...
Rock Climbing Photo: Green River Lakes  The Highline trail crosses the ...
Green River Lakes The Highline trail crosses the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Deep lake at dusk, Cirque in Background
Deep lake at dusk, Cirque in Background
Rock Climbing Photo: Fremont Peak. Photo by Blitzo.
Fremont Peak. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Wolf's Head in Cirque of the Towers
Wolf's Head in Cirque of the Towers
Rock Climbing Photo: view from the top of pingora
view from the top of pingora
Rock Climbing Photo: The boots felt better in the store than after 20 m...
The boots felt better in the store than after 20 m...

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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
May 24, 2006
A great town to hang out in when visiting the Bridger Wilderness and/or The Winds:
Pinedale, Wyoming

An awesome food joint, and a cheap way to satisfy your extreme hunger related to playing in The Winds:
Sugar Shack
(307) 367-6404
310 E Pine St
Pinedale
(I believe they close up for the "wintry" months)
By S. Stember
From: St. Paul, MN
Apr 22, 2009
Would the mosquitoes be really bad from July 6th through the 12th?
By richard magill
Apr 22, 2009
I did a trip into Cirque of the Towers for 4th of July a couple years back and the mosquitos were like something from a monster movie - make sure you have long pants, long sleeves, and a mosquito net for your head.
By Jason Funk
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 1, 2009
I had a similar experience around mid July last year, I couldn't hike fast enough to get away from the swarms down near big sandy lake and bug dope was useless, but up in the Cirque it wasn't too bad. I was back again to deep lake around mid August and I don't remember seeing any. Come prepared for the monster movie and you will be in good shape.
By mtnsoceans
From: Ivins, Utah
Jul 15, 2009
Any Bug beta for the Cirque? We're planning an early August trip. Thanks.
By mark felber
From: Wheat Ridge, CO
Jul 28, 2009
I just got back from the Winds, the mosquitoes were not quite up to Alaskan standards but definitely a force to reckon with. I treated my clothes with rei.com/product/751264 , used copious quantities of 100% DEET and kept the bites to a minimum. The mosquito population drops off dramatically after you get past 10,000' or so and get deeper into the range.

Trails End Campground (outside Pinedale, for folks heading up to Titcomb Basin) has running water and charges $12/night, Big Sandy Campground has no running water and charges $9/night.

I spent a night at Rivera Lodge on the main drag through Pinedale, an older place but the new owner is going all out and doing great things with it. She makes an excellent pancake breakfast, too. The whole town seems to shut down for the winter and the location seems to drive up the cost of running any kind of business, so none of the hotels or motels were what I would call cheap.

Wind River Pizza is a good place for pizza, pasta and beer.
By Lyont72
From: Foco, CO
Feb 14, 2012
? what guide book would you recommend for the Wind River Range . . . looking to head up there this summer and would like to know what you think.

Thanks
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Feb 14, 2012
Lyont72,

There are several books that cover the Winds, but some of them are out of print.

These two books are both worth checking out:

Cirque of the Towers & Deep Lake Climbing Guide:
wildirisclimbing.com/catalog/c...

and,

Climbing and Hiking Wind River Mountains:
wildirisclimbing.com/catalog/c...

The first book may be a bit more detailed on the areas it covers (southern regions), but the Kelsey guide (second book) comprehensively covers the whole range (including hiking).
By Lyont72
From: Foco, CO
Apr 11, 2012
J. Albers

Thank you for the input, picked up Cirque of the Towers & Deep Lake and I am happy with it . . . Will let you now how it goes after July . . .

Happy sending
By DavisMeschke
From: Pinedale, WY
Apr 2, 2015
Moving to Pinedale in mid-May. Hoping to do lots of climbing while I'm here. anyone who may be able to show me around or needs a partner, feel free to let me know. Cheers
By Dana Prosser
From: Boulder
Jul 19, 2016
Anyone been to deep lake or cirque recently? Hoping to determine current bug situation! Thanks!

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