Wind River Range
Jun 29, 2021 at 5:49 am #3720475Michael KBPL Member
This will be our first time in the Winds. Start trip August 22 for an 8 day exploration. Plan to do a circular route which will include Titcomb basin. Wondering what bug situation will be like during this time of year? Also any suggestions are welcome. I have a basic idea of the route I want to do but not set on it. ThanksJun 29, 2021 at 6:33 am #3720479dreamerBPL Member
Bugs should be minimal to nonexistent around then. You could go out the Pole Creek Trail and over Wall/Island Pass then into Titcomb and over Knapsack Col. Also check Indian Basin and maybe scramble to the summit of Fremont Peak.Jun 29, 2021 at 11:17 am #3720502Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
No bugs at that point in the year. You can go over Knapsack as dreamer mentioned – I’ve been over it a couple of times in both directions. It’s class 3 (ish) but pretty straight forward.
If you have 8 days have you thought about the Wind River High Route? Assuming your comfortable with off trail travel.
I’ll be in WRR the end of August as well.Jun 29, 2021 at 1:04 pm #3720520
How about some variation of the mid sections of the high routes (Dixon, Skurka and Pallister) from the Cirque to Titcomb. Greatest hits!
Note that something like this would entail a shuttle but they are easy to arrange and reasonable and usually helpful and informative.
Note that camping requirements @ Titcomb are generally being enforced and require separation of like 200 feet from both trails and lake shores and 100 feet from streams. Technically this is in effect everywhere but off-trail eliminates the biggest limitation. You’d be surprised how difficult it can be to maintain the required separation from both and find a usable spot given the terrain and that trails are in the valleys along with the water. There’s a lot of people in the T basin and I think they’re trying to get a tent around the circus.
“Campsites must be located at least 200 feet away from a lake shore or forest service system trail and 100 feet away from streams, creeks or springs. The maximum length of stay by any individual or group is 16 days at one site.”Jun 29, 2021 at 3:45 pm #3720538John VanceBPL Member
@servingkoLocale: Intermountain West
What is your comfort level for daily mileage and elevation gain? I am assuming you are going in at Elkhart?Jun 29, 2021 at 8:22 pm #3720561ArthurBPL Member
Recently I have heard twice from hikers that there were rangers in Titcomb and Island Lake issuing tickets.Jun 29, 2021 at 8:56 pm #3720577
^^ right.Jun 30, 2021 at 7:50 am #3720619Michael KBPL Member
Thanks everyone for the information. Actually going to start at green river lake trailhead. My Gf is going with me so planning on staying mostly on trail with exception of knapsack. Based on titcomb rules, might try to walk through vs camp there now. Just need to adjust for distance in that area.Jun 30, 2021 at 8:09 am #3720642Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Indian Basin is a nice area to camp if you want to avoid the crowds at Island Lake and Titcomb Basin.Jul 2, 2021 at 7:09 pm #3720906
If you turn off the main trail onto the the Indian Creek/Pass trail @ 1/2 – 1/3 mile up there’s a gap on the right that goes over to the Wall-Island Pass valley. There’s lotsa spots up there and you might just go “off-trail” and hike out via Wall Lake/Cook Lakes on the Pole Creek trail. Good scenery and not so many ups and downs. I can get precise. If you are interested give me a PM
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