Wind River Range

A 100 mile long mountain range in western Wyoming that offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventures including hiking, backpacking, climbing, and scrambling. Most famous are Titcomb Basin in the center of the range and Cirque of the Towers in the south.

Getting There

The town with the nearest access to the most popular areas in the Wind Rivers is Pinedale, Wyoming, 75 miles southeast of Jackson.

About the Area

A dramatic range of mountains in western Wyoming that range in elevation from 8,000 ft to 13,000 ft.  Hiking, backpacking, scrambling, and climbing opportunities abound. The Continental  Divide Trail (CDT) bisects the range from North to South. One can spend a week or more high above the tree-line exploring lakes, peaks and plateaus.  There are a wide range of well maintained trails, but the openness of the alpine beckons off-trail travel and exploration.


  • Permits may be required at high use areas. See the land manager (link below) for more information.
  • Guidebook: Climbing and Hiking in the Wind River Mountains, 2nd ed. by Joe Kelsey (Falcon Guides 1994).
  • Guidebook: Hiking Wyoming's Wind River Range by Ben Adkinson (Falcon Guides 2018).
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Climbing, Day Hiking, Scrambling
  • Seasons: July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: *Varies*
  • 13,000 ft
  • Land Manager: Bridger-Teton National Forest
    Bridger Wilderness
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Earthwalk Press Southern Wind River Range Hiking Map
  • Earthwalk Press Northern Wind River Range Hiking Map
Trip Reports

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  • Titcomb Basin
  • Cirque of the Towers
  • Continental Divide Trail: Wind Rivers

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