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Wind River Range

Wyoming

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.

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Mid-September in West Central Wyoming.
[Hide Photo] Mid-September in West Central Wyoming.
reflections.
[Hide Photo] reflections.
Fred Beckey in the Winds in 1997
[Hide Photo] Fred Beckey in the Winds in 1997
Fall storm in the Cirque
[Hide Photo] Fall storm in the Cirque
Wind River Range
[Hide Photo] Wind River Range
April 2012 ski trip into Deep Lake and Cirque of the Towers.  Trip report: http://rjohnasay.blogspot.com/2012/04/wind-rivers-cirque-of-towers-april-2012.html
[Hide Photo] April 2012 ski trip into Deep Lake and Cirque of the Towers. Trip report: http://rjohnasay.blogspot.com/2012/04/wind-rivers-cirque-of-towers-april-2012.html
looking at the cirque, from deep lake.<br>
warbonnet on left, pingora on right.
[Hide Photo] looking at the cirque, from deep lake. warbonnet on left, pingora on right.
Cirque of the Towers (USGS photo)
[Hide Photo] Cirque of the Towers (USGS photo)
Pingora in Cirque of the Towers
[Hide Photo] Pingora in Cirque of the Towers
summit ridge of Gannett Peak
[Hide Photo] summit ridge of Gannett Peak
Windy Winds and Rivery Rivers
[Hide Photo] Windy Winds and Rivery Rivers
Wolf's Head, Tiger Tower and Pingora
[Hide Photo] Wolf's Head, Tiger Tower and Pingora

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[Hide Comment] 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) May 24, 2006
S. Stember
St. Paul, MN
[Hide Comment] Would the mosquitoes be really bad from July 6th through the 12th? Apr 22, 2009
[Hide Comment] 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. Apr 22, 2009
Jason Funk
Salt Lake City, UT
[Hide Comment] 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. May 1, 2009
mtnsoceans
Ivins, Utah
[Hide Comment] Any Bug beta for the Cirque? We're planning an early August trip. Thanks. Jul 15, 2009
mark felber
Wheat Ridge, CO
[Hide Comment] 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. Jul 28, 2009
Lyont72
Foco, CO
[Hide Comment] ? 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 Feb 14, 2012
J. Albers
Colorado
[Hide Comment] 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/catalo…

and,

Climbing and Hiking Wind River Mountains:
wildirisclimbing.com/catalo…

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). Feb 14, 2012
Lyont72
Foco, CO
[Hide Comment] 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 Apr 11, 2012
DavisMeschke Guillotine
Armchair Asshole
[Hide Comment] 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 Apr 2, 2015
Dana Prosser
Boulder
[Hide Comment] Anyone been to deep lake or cirque recently? Hoping to determine current bug situation! Thanks! Jul 19, 2016