Hiking the High Peaks of Wyoming

Gorp.com

As you ascend from the mountain's base, a stunted patchwork of sub-alpine furs gradually yields to scree slopes, frozen aquamarine lakes, sawtooth ridges, and sudden summer snowstorms that make life above the tree line in Wyoming a glorious, otherworldly pleasure. This is the land of Crazy Horse and Little Bighorn, of the Sioux's last stand. But, lest the violent history weigh too heavily on your active-minded soul, rest assured: adventure is at hand. Backpackers can take on the 45-mile Solitude Loop, one of many trails across the region's 13,000-foot peaks. The nearby town of Sheridan makes for a solid base-camp for mountain biking, where you can peddle for a month straight without backtracking. Or opt for Wyoming's tallest mountain range within the Shoshone National Forest. The Wind River Range offers countless summit hikes, including the glacier-surrounded Gennett, the state's highest peak. And for those seasoned high-altitude single-trackers, the ledge-hugging Rock Creek Trail in Medicine Bow National Park will test your susceptibility to vertigo, provided you can make it up the 250-foot slope.

Published: 14 Feb 2002 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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