Wind River Range BackpackingExplore the rugged Wyoming wilderness

Wyoming
Wyoming
6 Days
6 Days
Intensity
7/10
18+
$1,695
$1,795 non-peak member
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About the trip

The wild still exists for those with the heart to seek it

Epic vistas unfold in every direction as each crest reveals a new scene more beautiful than the last. Remote from civilization, the Wind River Range contains nineteen of Wyoming's tallest peaks.

These daunting mountains require a team effort with each member willing and determined to climb high passes amidst imposing sentinel peaks. The exchange is simple, strenuous days for a sublime experience. Traveling for miles, carrying everything you need to survive, you'll drink water from glaciers, swim in alpine lakes, and come to rest at the end of day under a blanket of stars beyond imagining.

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Sam Combs
Senior Guide

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Itinerary

Arrive in Jackson Hole

Arrive anytime today in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Jackson is the gateway to some of America’s greatest national treasures including Grand Teton, Yellowstone and Wind River Range. The day is yours to explore the cowboy culture and pick up any last-minute gear. Tonight, you’ll meet your guide and teammates at your hotel and bond over dinner. Your guide will review your pack one last time to make sure you’re equipped for the adventure ahead. (Meals: no meals included)

Hike to Seneca Lake

Your first day in the Winds begins at the Elkhart trailhead. The nine miles of trail lead you to Seneca Lake, home to some of the most breathtaking high alpine climbing and backpacking routes. Along the way, you’ll traverse through lodgepole pine forests and alpine parks. Midway, Photographer’s Point will present spectacular views of the Wind River Range and what’s to come over the next three days. Upon completion of the day’s hike, you’ll set up camp at picturesque Seneca Lake. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 9 milesHiking Time: 7 hoursElevation Gain: 2,000 feet

Summit Indian Pass

As the first rays of sun crest the range to the east, your guides will rouse the group with the scent of fresh coffee. Breakfast on the trail typically consists of oatmeal, nuts and raisins, meals that are both light to carry and loaded with energy. The trail continues from Seneca Lake to Island Lake where you will unload your overnight gear such as your tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and extra clothes. With a lightened pack, you’ll set your sights for Indian Pass, a bold ascent that will reward you with spectacular views of craggy peaks and alpine lakes. After a heroic summit photo, you’ll return to your camp at Island Lake for the evening. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 12 milesHiking Time: 9 hoursElevation Gain: 2,500 feet

Hike to Titcomb Basin

Seize the day with your last full hike in the Wind River Range. You’ll leave much of your gear at camp as you explore the scenic Titcomb Basin. The trail winds through dense forests with the occasional unexpected flowery meadow. You’ll pass alpine lakes that mirror the sky and peaks that are begging to be climbed. It’s no wonder Titcomb is home to world-class trout fishing and rock climbing. Your afternoon hike takes you back to camp at Island Lake where you will organize your gear and return to Seneca lake for the night. (Meals: B, L, D)
Hiking Distance: 13 milesHiking Time: 9 hoursElevation Gain: 1,200 feet

Seneca Lake to Jackson Hole

Your final day on the trail starts with a sunrise breakfast by Seneca Lake. By now, you're a pro packing your backpack and coffee out of a camp mug feels like a comfortable routine. After taking in the views of the Wind River Range for the last time, you'll set your sights to the trail that heads through the forest to where you started. Back at Jackson, you'll enjoy the luxuries of a hot shower and a real bed. (Meals: B, L)
Hiking Distance: 9 milesHiking Time: 6 hoursElevation Gain: -2,000 feet

Depart Jackson Hole

For those joining the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks adventure, today is a rest day and opportunity to expore Jackson Hole. For those returning home, your guide will transport you to the airport. (Meals: B)
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear

  • Backpack, sized 45-70 L
  • Backpacking Tent (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Sleeping Bag, rated 20 degrees or lower (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Sleeping Pad (available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Water bottles or Camelbak, 3L total minimum capacity
  • Headlamp
  • Mug, bowl, and utensil
  • Small towel or facecloth
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Recommended Gear

  • Swim suit
  • Trekking Poles
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Journal

Wear

Essential Clothing

  • Hiking boots with sturdy soles
  • Wool hiking socks, multiple pairs
  • Long sleeve base layers (synthetic and moisture wicking)
  • Long pant base layer (synthetic and moisture wicking, like running tights)
  • Light synthetic shirt or tank for warmer days
  • Hiking pants
  • Warm mid layers (fleece, puffy)
  • Waterproof, windproof shell
  • Light gloves
  • Heavy pair of gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat
  • Balaclava or buff
  • Casual clothes for base camp

What's Included

Included
  • Round Trip Transportation from Jackson
  • Licensed and medically trained guide team
  • Meals as outlined in itinerary
  • Group equipment
  • Park permits and fees
Not included
  • Airfare to Jackson
  • Personal gear and equipment
  • Meals not outlined in itinerary
  • Gratuity for guides

Flights

You may arrive at Jackson Hole International Airport (JAC) anytime on day one of the itinerary. Your Discover Outdoors guide will pick you up to transport you to your hotel. Departure can be anytime on the final day.

Lodging

Your hotel for the launch of the trip will be conveniently located in downtown Jackson where you can walk and explore the historic cowboy town. On the trail, you'll sleep in a backpacking tent which you will carry with you.

Weather

The high mountain areas have extremely variable weather. The evenings can cool down into the 40's and the days can warm up substantially into the 70's and 80's. Strong winds, rain, even summer snow showers may be encountered.

Training

This trip does not require technical climbing skills or experience. It does, however, require a high level of physical fitness. We strongly encourage our hikers to experience hiking on rugged trails, particularly up and down steep hills, while carrying weight. The difference in difficulty while carrying the weight of a fully loaded backpack can sometimes come as a surprise to hikers, so you are encouraged to try challenging day hikes with a weighted backpack. Those who are in good shape are more likely to enjoy the experience and the views along the trail.

Give yourself adequate time to prepare, particularly if this form and intensity of exercise is new. For three days a week, focus on an hour or more of aerobic exercise such as running, cycling, swimming, etc. Gym equipment such as stairmasters and rowing machines can supplement cardiovascular training. Day hikes or other longer endeavors will help you prepare for the endurance required for a backpacking trip. Carrying a 20 to 30 pound pack uphill on trails or stadium steps will simulate the real climb better than anything. Lifting moderate weights to increase core body, leg, and arm strength is also a good idea. Focus on quads and hamstrings—legs need strength and endurance. Being generally fit and having some solid stamina for long days is the overall goal.

Upon registration, a member of the DO team will consult on your experience and fitness and recommend a regimen for training.

Why this trip?

Recommended for...

This is the perfect trip for experienced hikers looking for a challenging backcountry experience. We recommend this trip for participants who have a moderate to high level of fitness and basic outdoor skills. Previous backpacking experience is helpful but is not required. Those will a base level of fitness are encouraged to train for about three months prior to the trip.

Dates and Prices

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Saturday
Aug 17, 2019
Thursday
Aug 22, 2019
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$1,695
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Friday
Aug 30, 2019
Wednesday
Sep 4, 2019
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Before May 30