Shoshone National Forest

Hiking - Wind River Ranger District
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Wind River Ranger District
1403 West Ramshorn
Dubois, WY 82513
307 455-2466


Ink Wells #728:

  • Length (miles): 7.0
  • Level of Use: Moderate
  • Difficulty: More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 10,000-11,450
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Travel 4 mi. S of Dubois, WY on Hwy. 26/287 to the Whiskey Basin/Trail Lake Rd. Continue W for 2.5 mi. to the Trail Lake/Whiskey Basin junction. Turn L & follow rd 12 mi. to Forest boundary & New Glacier Trailhead.

Glacier Trail #801:

  • Length (miles): 25.4
  • Level of Use: Heavy
  • Difficulty: More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 7,000-11,000
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Same as for Ink Wells #728. Water may be scarce in late summer. Excellent for horse use.

Downs Fork Trail:

  • Length (miles): 2.0
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation Change: 9,200-10,000
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Same as for Ink Wells #728. 2 mi. to Grasshopper Cr/3 mi. to Downs Lake.

Dinwoody Trail:

  • Length (miles): 6.0
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 7,000-10,500
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Same as for Ink Wells #728. Dinwoody trail not maintained due to lack of access from Wind River Indian Reservation. Permission must be obtained from the Reservation before entering.

Whiskey Mountain #804 :

  • Length (miles): 6.0
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 8,000-10,900
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Same as for Ink Wells #728. Whiskey Mt. trail leaves Glacier trail approx. l/4 mi. W of Forest boundary (signed junction). Trail climbs to intersect w/ CM Trail/Simpson Lake trail junction.

Whiskey Mountain Cutoff #804.2A:

  • Length (miles): 2.0
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 10,200-10,500
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Same as for Ink Wells #728. This trail runs between Whiskey Mt. trail & Ross Lake trail.

Lake Louise Trail:

  • Length (miles): 1.7
  • Level of Use: Moderate
  • Difficulty: More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 7,800-8,400
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Access: Same as for Ink Wells #728. Louise Lake trail junction at mile .7 on the Glacier trail. Not recommended for horse travel due to sections of steep, solid rock.

C M Trail Section One #803:

  • Length (miles): 4.0
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 7,400-9,000
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Travel 4 mi. E of Dubois, WY on Hwy. 26/287 to the Fish Hatchery Rd. Proceed W & park near gate to CM Ranch, then W to Jakey's Fork drainage (approx. 2.5 mi.) to Fitzpatrick Wilderness boundary and trailhead.

Moon Lake Trail Section Three #803:

  • Length (miles): 3.0
  • Level of Use: Moderate
  • Difficulty: More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 9,100-10,300
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Can be reached via Jakey's Fork trail or from the Moon Lake jeep trail (FDR 531)--proceed W of Dubois 10 mi. on Hwy. 26/287 to Union Pass Rd. 4.5 mi. to Moon Lake jeep rd/turn S & go 4 mi. to Moon Lake trailhead and the Fitzpatrick Wilderness boundary.

Ross Lake Trail #805:

  • Length (miles): 7.8
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 8,200-11,000
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Travel 4 mi. E of Dubois, WY on Hwy. 26/287 to the Whiskey Basin/Trail Lake road. Continue for 2.5 mi. to the Whiskey Basin/Trail Lakes junction. Trailhead is 3.0 mi. NW via the Ross Lake jeep road which is recommended for 4WD vehicles only & the last mile of this road should be walked rather than driven. Views of Washakie Wilderness and Teton Mts.

Kisinger Lakes #807:

  • Length (miles): 7.2
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: Moderate - More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 8,800-10,000
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Travel 18 mi. NW of Dubois on US 26/287 to Long Creek Rd. (Forest Road #513). Follow this road for 2 mi. to the West Fork of Long Creek (Forest Rd #659). Walk up the closed rd. on E side of West Fork & into the clearcut. The unsigned trail starts here and travels N into the timber. Trail is hard to find/hard to follow. Good opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Pinnacle Trail #807.1A:

  • Length (miles): 3.5
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: More Difficult
  • Elevation Change: 9,100-10,100
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Travel about 23 mi. NW from Dubois, WY on US 26/287 to the Brooks Lake Rd. Travel N on this road about 3.7 mi. to a logging rd junction . Unsigned trailhead follows an old logging rd into a clearcut. Not suggested for horse travel as hazardous conditions exist on the steep slopes below volcanic breccia pinnacles.

Deacon Lake Trail #811:

  • Length (miles): 2.7
  • Level of Use: Medium
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation Change: 9,000-9,800
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Travel N of Dubois, WY 10 1/2 mi. on the Horse Creek Rd past the signed junction of Burroughs Creek Rd. Continue E across Horse Cr. & N 2 mi. to Parque Creek Rd. Turn L on this road & cross Horse Creek. Follow this road approx. 5 mi. to where the road nears the creek. An old jeep rd crosses the creek, but is closed to motorized travel. This is the beginning of the Deacon Lake trail.

Whiskey Creek Trail #837:

  • Length (miles): 3.5
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Elevation Change: 7,850-10,450
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Travel 4 mi. S of Dubois, WY on Hwy. 26/287 to Whiskey Basin/Trail Lake Rd. Continue on this road 2.5 mi. to Whiskey Basin/Trail Lakes Junction. Proceed 1/4 mi. E on Trail Lakes Rd to the first junction on the R, proceed along the fence & follow the rd until it bends to the SW approx. 3/8 mi. from the large storage shed on Game and Fish land.

Jakey's Fork Trail #803:

  • Length (miles): 4.5
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: Mod Difficulty
  • Elevation Change: 9,700-10,000
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Trailhead is located at Salt Barrels Park which is reached via FDR #524.2 after crossing BLM/state lands. Enter at LP sawmill just E of Dubois. Proceed W of Dubois for approx. 5 mi. on the 4WD road which terminates at the wilderness boundary and trailhead.

South Fork Trail #809 :
(East DuNoir Shoshone Pass Trail Access)

  • Length (miles): 7.2
  • Level of Use: Medium
  • Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
  • Elevation Change: 8,000-10,000
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Travel NW from Dubois on US Hwy. 26/287 approx. 9 mi. to the DuNoir Road. Follow this road North about 8 mi. to an intersection with a jeep trail heading East and North. Follow this road 1 1/2 mi. N to the Forest boundary, where the SF trail begins. Excellent wildlife viewing.

Watkins Lake Trail #822:

  • Length (miles): 1.3
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation Change: 8,800-9,200
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Falls Creek Trail #835. Travel 1.6 mi. west from South Fork Trail #809 OR 2.6 mi. northeast from DuNoir Trail #808 to junction of Watkins Lake trail.

Yellowstone Trail #823:
(Known locally as Upper Brooks Lake/Bear Cub Pass Trail.)

  • Length (miles): 3.5
  • Level of Use: Heavy
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Elevation Change: 9,050-9,150
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Travel about 23 mi. northwest from Dubois on Hwy. 26/287 to Brooks Lake Road. Travel north on this road about 5 mi. to the Brooks Lake Campground (south shore). The trailhead is just west of the boat launching ramp adjacent (west) to the campground.

Falls Creek Trail #835:

  • Length (miles): 4.2
  • Level of Use: Light
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation Change: 8,300-9,850
  • Trailhead, Access and Other Information: Travel 9 mi. northwest of Dubois on US 26/287 to the DuNoir Road junction. Take as far north as possible to the National Forest boundary. Follow old jeep road northwest about 2 1/2 mi. to the DuNoir/Falls Trail #835 junction. Travel 9.4 mi. east and south on this trail to the junction of Falls Creek trail.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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