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Trapper Lake (Wyoming)
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Home Base: Bridger Wilderness in Bridger-Teton National Forest
Location: Nearest town is Pinedale, Wyoming. Take Forest Road 134 to the Trail's End Campground.
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Trapper Lake (Wyoming)
For casual users, the Wind River Range in Wyoming is eclipsed by nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, but for backpackers, this glacially-scoured region of high peaks and alpine meadows is second to none. Crossed with a network of trails that undulate gently through terrain mostly above 10,000 feet, the Wind River Mountains offer spectacular hiking and ideal base-camping right in the shadow of the Continental Divide. Much of the area is protected as part of the Bridger Wilderness, so there are only a few automobile-accessible trailheads.

Trapper Lake is reached by taking Trail 165 north from the Trail's End Campground for about six miles. If you don't want to walk that far, don't worry: Tiny jewel-like lakes give you a series of beautiful camping options. But if you've got the energy and time, it's well worth the longish hike to Trapper Lake. Here you'll find an abundancy of campsites and a whole network of side trails leading to more lakes, tarns, and views. There's enough to do and see here for an entire week. Bring a camera and fishing gear.


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