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Mount Fitzpatrick

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Mount Fitzpatrick is a 13.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Smoot, Wyoming that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 13.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,995 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly


nature trips

bird watching




wild flowers

Mount Fitzpatrick is the highest peak in the Salt River Range of the Bridger Teton Forest. The trail starts at the Crow Creek Trailhead, merges into the Way trail after approx 4 miles, then V's off to the west a little over a half mile later and climbs for a half mile through the cliffs. The trail then heads southerly again for about 1 mile to the lower crow creek lake. The total distance to the Lower Crow Creek Lake is 6 miles. Mount Fitzpatrick is approx another 2.5 miles. From this point the trail basically ends. From the Lake, climb north through the trees until able to head westerly again to get past the cliffs west of the lower lake. Pass the north side of the upper crow creek lake and travel westerly up the canyon until you reach the center base of the canyons final steep slopes. From here you scramble up the steep slope to the ridge between the pseudo peak to the north and Mount Fitzpatrick to the south. Head south along the ridge until you reach the base of the Peak. From here it is a literal four point scramble up the loose slate to the peak. To the north you will have great views along the Salt River and Wyoming Ranges, and on clear days the Tetons can be seen at about 70 miles away. To the northeast and east are Mount McDougal and Triple Peaks. To the southeast is Wyoming Peak and Mount Coffin. All of these peaks belong to the Wyoming Range. To the south are more of the Salt River and Wyoming ranges. To the southwest, Red Top Mountain and Wagner Peak can be seen. To the west small parts of Star Valley can be seen along with Swift Creek Lake. To the Northwest you can view Rock Lake and Haystack Peaks.

5 months ago

This was a great hike, but incredibly difficult. It’s about six miles from the trail head to the lower Crow Creek lake. This part is fairly mild and very enjoyable. There are only a couple of hairy spots that beg extreme caution. If you plan to go the extra two and half miles to the summit, be prepared to progress slowly. It’s extremely vertical with lots of loose rock. Proper shoes with excellent grip is a must, and trekking poles wouldn’t hurt. Cheers.

Mon Oct 22 2018

Backpacked into crow creek lakes, set up camp and caught a couple fish for supper. Next day we day hiked up to mount fitz and enjoyed the amazing views. Returned to camp. Then hiked out the following morning. On our second trip here, we did a day hike to the south crow creek waterfall which is inside a small cave. Contact us for details of how to find it.