I’ve hiked here multiple times. I would always rate this a 5 star hike - it’s so amazing! I have no idea how anyone made it here in the last few weeks. There was so much snow! There were 2 other groups there today and everyone had to eventually turn around about 1.5 miles in. I am 5’11” and I was stepping in snow all the way up to my hip. So maybe we will try in a few more weeks, but I wouldn’t recommend it right now.

Nice trail with only gradual incline. Great lunch/snack spot! View is amazing.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Great trail and beautiful views but still a decent amount of snow. Would come back to finish the trail when there is less snow.

Nice day hike loop trail. Very well marked. Many side trail options .

Titcomb basin is awesome. There is no trail from basin up Fremont. We started the climb and bailed. Dogs on leash? Gotta be kidding me. Allow 3 hrs one way up the strenuous part. Route finding, bouldering, scree scramble, and on all fours.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome trip. Don’t miss Titcomb basin. And note: western part of loop from about Long Lake to Heart lake turnoff is NOT maintained. Route finding is needed. Tree blowdown from beetle infestation is bad. Also there is a shortcut from Island Lake to Fremont Crossing. Also suggest going counter clockwise so big descent/ascent on western side just before Elkhart park is done with a lighter pack.

hiking
8 months ago

We headed in Sunday, September 23, 2019 following two days of snow. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. The grade is gentle. The views are outstanding. We went in 8.5 miles, and then out. Elapsed pace was 33 minute miles, and that included breaks for photos and eats. There were no bugs. In warmer weather I suspect the mosquitos would be an issue. A very nice hike.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
closed
over grown
scramble
9 months ago

Went on this loop late August 2019. There are two steep bits out of Elkhart park. The immediate part out of Elkhart park is steep and miserable but mostly free of blow downs and actually resembles a trail. It is however not at all accurately mapped compared to the .gpx file here. The steep bit after that is literally abandoned by the park service. There are tons of blow downs. Parts of the trail are eroded/washed out. It is actually treacherous for anyone wearing a pack. Other than those steep up/down sections the hike was beautiful. Nice trails. Plenty of water. Awesome vistas. But as currently configured I can't advise anyone take this route.

backpacking
9 months ago

We turned the 37 mile Sky Pilot Loop into a 50 miler by adding a side hike up into Titcomb basin. I took my 18 and 10 year old daughters and we’ll never ever forget this awesome place and the memories we created. My only caution is that day 1 is a bit of a bugger. When you start out you drop in elevation to fantastic Long Lake. I seriously could have just stopped here for days. And you’ll wish you had as you climb up several thousand feet to Trapper Lake. Basically gaining back everything you just went down. While it was a bit tough, we took it slow, and enjoyed the conversation time. Having completed the loop, I’d actually prefer doing it this way than what most do — which is to go to Titcomb basin from the back of our loop. It’s a long steady climb! We paid up front instead of pay over time when it comes to elevation climb. This made days 2-4 generally down hill for us! We absolutely loved it! Caught tons of fish, saw incredible scenery, it’s an epic trip. If I could do it again, I would have added an extra day so we wouldn’t have to leave from lakes we really loved. Maybe stay an extra day at Trapper Lake or Island Lake. Ohh! Island lake is to die for! If you go the way we came,you can camp opposite the waterfall that flows into the lake. Straight out of Lord if the Rings!

hiking
9 months ago

I remember doing this loop when I was a kid like 15 or so. I had a blast. Lots of water and great views. Planning on doing this again.

Great day hike, with a great view! Pack a lunch and go enjoy!

backpacking
off trail
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

This is not a moderate hike, except maybe relative to other mountain climbs, as no technical gear is required. Fremont Peak involves scrambling, careful route finding, and is not for the usual "moderate" hiker. Additionally, the part of the loop from Island Lake to Wall Lake and Cook is mostly cross-country and involves boulder-hopping and route-finding as well. I rate it strenuous. Having said that, the views from the top of Fremont were spectacular and we were mostly alone for the summit climb and the back-country portion. Swam in Cook Lake, fished Pole Creek, and had all around a spectacular journey over 4 days.

Did this last week - fabulous place for lunch. And the view will knock your socks off. Since you are near Pinedale, check out the Museum of the Mountain Man. Great exhibits and it gives you a terrific history of the area.

Did this hike with my wife 8/11 - 8/13. Mosquitos are almost done for the season - temps got below freezing morning of 8/13 and we saw almost none on our hike back. As a previous person mentioned, there is a 200ft clearance requirement from trail and any water source. You will encounter rangers every day and they will nail you if you're not within regulation. Most of the established campsites you see from the trail aren't in regulation. Tip: 80 paces is the ruler they use to determine if you're legal. Would also recommend breaking this hike up into multiple days. If you stop at Seneca Lake on day 1, veer RIGHT at the top of the switchbacks and you'll find several good campsites. They are dry, so follow the trail left a tenth of a mile and get water first if you need it. Several of the more minor lakes you pass on the way up have great fishing.

Great day-hike in the Winds. Lots of pretty wildflowers and lilies on Miller Lake, too! Didn't notice any bugs.

This is was amazing. I would break down in 2 days, (2 days to get in and 2 days to get back out) if you are a newer hiker or don’t hike frequently. Amazing views. When you get to Island lake be sure to find the water falls, it’s a great site. Love to have all this in my back yard!

hiking
10 months ago

This is a good trail. We only made it about half way to Ethel lake before we had a member get sick and wasn’t able to continue on. There were a lot of bugs along the way. The trout were biting in the river and we caught four pretty quickly. The trail was pretty easy to follow and got a little muddy a couple miles in.

Beautiful hike out of Island Lake to Elkhart Trailhead. It really should be broken into two hikes if you’re weighed down with big packs or if you care at all for your feet. Maybe we’re just not as strong as we should be. It should also be noted that the mosquitos are the stuff of nightmares right now, so we skipped lunch and hiked through. Still love this rates though. Titcomb Basin is well worth a few hundred mosquito bites!

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