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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


110 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wind River Range:
Tower 1 Gully   WI3+     Ice, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   Titcomb Basin Area : Mt. Helen
Gooseneck Glacier Route   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, Grade II   Dinwoody Glacier Area. : Gannett Peak
Gannett Peak, South East Couloir   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a AI2 Steep Snow     Ice, Snow, Alpine, 600'   Dinwoody Glacier Area. : Gannett Peak
North Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1500'   Titcomb Basin Area : Ellingwood Peak
East Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   Cirque of the Towers : Wolfs Head
East Face, Left Side Cracks   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'   Cirque of the Towers : Pingora
South Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 500'   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
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
Southwest Face Right   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 450'   Cirque of the Towers : Pingora
Direct Southwest Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 1100'   Cirque of the Towers : Shark's Nose
Minor Dihedral   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 1000'   Deep Lake Area : Haystack Mountain
Southwest arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Deep Lake Area : Lost Temple Spire
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
Southern Wall Left   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Deep Lake Area : Haystack Mountain
feather buttress   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Cirque of the Towers : Warbonnet Peak
The Candy Shop   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1200'   Cirque of the Towers : Warrior 1
Black Elk   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Cirque of the Towers : Warbonnet Peak
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Featured Route For Wind River Range
Ellingwood Peak.  Notch Pinnacle is on the left and separated from Ellingwood by a snow couloir.  The North Ridge (III 5.6) follows the arete that rises straight to the summit from the base of this snow couloir.  The Southwest Ridge (descent route) follows the right hand skyline.

North Ridge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  WY : Wind River Range : ... : Ellingwood Peak
The North Ridge of Ellingwood is one of those Rocky Mountain alpine adventures that is familiar-sounding to many, but few actually put in the miles required to climb it. You'll find significant sections of 5.5 - 5.6 climbing on almost all of the 10 pitches on this route. The crux will vary a bit depending on the exact path chosen, but expect all manner of 5.6 climbing, including face, cracks, and overhangs. The rock is overall of very high quality, but don't forget that it's still the mountai...[more]   Browse More Classics in WY

Local Information for Wind River Range
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Fall storm in the Cirque
Fall storm in the Cirque
reflections.
reflections.
looking at the cirque, from deep lake. <br />warbonnet on left, pingora on right.
looking at the cirque, from deep lake.
warbonnet o...
Fred Beckey in the Winds in 1995
Fred Beckey in the Winds in 1995
Mid-September in West Central Wyoming.
Mid-September in West Central Wyoming.
summit ridge of Gannett Peak
summit ridge of Gannett Peak
Pingora in Cirque of the Towers
Pingora in Cirque of the Towers
Wilderness bouldering potential!
Wilderness bouldering potential!
Mt. Bonneville sunset.
Mt. Bonneville sunset.
April 2012 ski trip into Deep Lake and Cirque of the Towers.  Trip report: <a href='http://rjohnasay.blogspot.com/2012/04/wind-rivers-cirque-of-towers-april-2012.html' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >rjohnasay.blogspot.com/2012/04/wind-rivers-cirque-of-towers->>></a>
April 2012 ski trip into Deep Lake and Cirque of t...
stars above Warbonnet and Warrior I from the meadow on a new moon evening.
stars above Warbonnet and Warrior I from the meado...
Green River Lakes <br /> <br />The Highline trail crosses the bridge at the outlet of the lake, and continues northeast along the shoreline. <br /> <br />
Green River Lakes

The Highline trail crosses the ...
Saw lots of moose in the Green River Lakes area, Wyoming.
Saw lots of moose in the Green River Lakes area, W...
Wolf's Head, Tiger Tower and Pingora
Wolf's Head, Tiger Tower and Pingora
Deep lake at dusk, Cirque in Background
Deep lake at dusk, Cirque in Background
Cows grazing off the road.
Cows grazing off the road.
War Bonnet. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
War Bonnet.
Photo by Blitzo.
The road to the Big Sandy parking lot.
The road to the Big Sandy parking lot.
view from the top of pingora
view from the top of pingora
The boots felt better in the store than after 20 miles of hiking...
The boots felt better in the store than after 20 m...
Wind River Range
Wind River Range
The Warriors-Cirque of the Towers. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The Warriors-Cirque of the Towers.
Photo by Blitzo...
Wolf's Head in Cirque of the Towers
Wolf's Head in Cirque of the Towers
Fremont Peak. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Fremont Peak.
Photo by Blitzo.
leg lake
leg lake
Trail sign for Jackass Pass
Trail sign for Jackass Pass
Spring Beauties
Spring Beauties
September storm in The Winds. <br /> <br />Pole Creek to Highline Trail. <br /> <br />
September storm in The Winds.

Pole Creek to Highl...
In the New Fork Valley on the NW side of the winds, near Dome Peak.  Specimen Days 5.10 600' takes the left crack line on the clean face to the clean lower angled face at the top left skyline.  FA - me, Ben Venter, Anna Haegel 7/06
BETA PHOTO: In the New Fork Valley on the NW side of the winds...
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By Jordan Hirro
From: Colorado Springs/Glenwood Spri
Apr 27, 2014
CONDITION REPORT 

Hope to be going in late May, anybody know about conditions of walls/trails/camping conditions?

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 www.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:
www.wildirisclimbing.com/catalog/cirque-towers-deep-lake-cli>>>

and,

Climbing and Hiking Wind River Mountains:
www.wildirisclimbing.com/catalog/climbing-hiking-wind-river->>>

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