Elkhart Park Trailhead Loop: Cook and Seneca Lakes

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Bridger Wilderness

Elkhart Park Trailhead Loop: Cook and Seneca Lakes is a 47.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pinedale, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 47.2 km Elevation Gain: 1,312 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

This is a multi-day loop that starts at the Elkhart Park Trailhead and includes Cook Lakes Basin, climbing Lester Pass and Seneca Lake.

backpacking
Fri Aug 24 2018

Fantastic 3-day trip in the Winds! Rather than taking the little jaunt north to Cook Lakes as seen in the AllTrails map, I highly recommend summitting Mount Lester. We camped at Little Seneca Lake on night 1 after hiking from the popular Elkhart TH. Day two we hiked just past Pole Creek Lakes on this loop, and we climbed Mount Lester (12,324 ft) as we came across Lester Pass on the Highline Trail. A fun moderate climb to the top, ascending from the Southwest. A few scrambles, but nothing crazy. Then we hiked back out from Pole Creek Lakes on day three. Beware a couple stream crossing that required wading (never more than knee deep), and the area is quite buggy, so bring spray. Encountered one black bear at camp while sleeping, but no issues other than rolling our bear canister around a bit before moving on. The second half of this loop was pretty lightly trafficked, while Elkhart is quite busy. All in all, a fantastic three day backpacking trip.

backpacking
Wed Aug 10 2016

The views are amazing once you get through trees. Had a great backpacking trip with my son. It was our first backpacking trip together so we stayed at Hobbs Lake and did a couple day hikes up to Seneca Lake he's only 11 so we took it easy! Planning our next trip up he wants to camp at Seneca and maybe Island Lake then hike up to titcomb basins!

hiking
Sat Apr 06 2013

nothing short of amazing...

backpacking
Sat Aug 15 1981

Another great loop trip that takes you to Cook lakes home to Golden Trout and over Lester Pass. Can be done in three days.

Sun Mar 10 2019

hiking
Sat Aug 19 2017

hiking
Fri Oct 14 2016