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Baptiste Lake Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,800'
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Baptiste Lake is deep in the Winds, nestled just east of the Divide at the headwaters of the South Fork of the Little Wind River. It is a wideopen setting, above timberline, surrounded by some of the Winds' most impressive scenery. Across the valley is the North Face of Mt. Hooker, and towering above the east shore of the lake is Musembeah Peak, a complicated mix of ridges, walls, and rocky couloirs. Mt. Lander, at the head of the Baptiste valley, is another proud summit, with many other lesser peaks offering a wide array of climbing objectives. The area is remote and one is likely to see more fisherpeople than climbers, although several routes are genuine classics. There's alot of room for new routes, and many established climbs are obscure and seldom visited. It's a great area for adventurous parties.
Fishing in Baptiste, once one of the best lakes in the range, declined in a shocking way through the last part of the 20th century, but is regaining its reputation and quality. Camping sites are aplenty but if the weather falls apart be prepared for a wild and windy experience.
Some of the peaks are located on the Wind River Indian Reservation, where special travel regulations may apply.

Getting There 

Parties can reach the Baptiste area from the Big Sandy trailhead, coming over Hailey Pass. That is one long hump of approximately 18 miles. Coming in from Dickenson Park on the east side will net you an approach of about 15 miles, and is probably the 'easiest' entry. Inquire with the Forest Service in Lander (Shoshone N.F.) about the road up to Dickenson, as conditions and travel restrictions change.

Climbing Season

For the Wind River Range area.

Weather station 34.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Baptiste Lake

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Baptiste Lake:
West Buttress   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches   Musembeah Peak
Jaded Lady   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 1800'   Mount Hooker
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Featured Route For Baptiste Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Hls

Hook, Line, and Sinker, aka the Free Boissonneault-Larson 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13  Wyoming : Wind River Range : ... : Mount Hooker
This is the free version of the "B and L". A good portion of the terrain differs from the original aid line, and it shares some pitches with the Free Eye. The climbing is sustained, steep, and incredibly good. Many sections that appeared difficult proved to be 11 minus due to a veritable potpourri of incut edges! The first six pitches were cleaned and established ground up over three days. The first free ascent was done in 11-ish hours with leader and second taking no falls. From pitch six up ev...[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

Photos of Baptiste Lake Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: sneaker solo on Hooker, waiting for good weather
sneaker solo on Hooker, waiting for good weather
Rock Climbing Photo: high on Jaded Lady, Mt. Hooker
high on Jaded Lady, Mt. Hooker
Rock Climbing Photo: A look from somewhere on Musembeah toward Mount Ho...
A look from somewhere on Musembeah toward Mount Ho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tribal Trespass V1.
Tribal Trespass V1.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering at Baptiste Lake.
Bouldering at Baptiste Lake.

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By Nick M
Sep 11, 2017
As of September 2017, we were pleased with the hike in through the Indian reservation via Moccasin Lake and the Gaylord Lake / Moss Lake trails. Paths weren't manicured or always super obvious, but decent enough with map and gps. Shorter and flatter than other options. Inquire with the reservation fish and game department for road conditions and permit requirements. As of this date it was $45/person (WY resident).

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