Explore the most popular hiking trails near Pinedale with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
7 days ago

Easy access to the trailhead. Trail was a little crowded, but not terrible. Trails were well maintained.

Mosquitoes during our trip were bad if there was not a strong breeze, but the water made the wild flowers amazing to view.

Views from Seneca lake on were absolute stunning. The basin was amazing. Island lake was the most crowded area, but if you try hard you can find a good campsite anywhere.

I imagine in the later part of summer the streams and lakes will be much drier which would make parts of the hike easier, but also would take a little bit away from the views.

hiking
11 days ago

Mosquitos are as bad as advertised. Scenery is so out of this world that who cares about the bugs?

Did this in two nights with one campground above Island Lake. Snow, mud, and stream crossings were the biggest obstacle. As summer continues, the snow will melt, the mud will dry, the streams settle. Definitely doable. No need for traction.

Just watch out for post holing, snow is getting unstable in places.

The most difficult part is the last 5 miles back to the trailhead. And that is all mental.

Yes, fairly crowded for the backcountry, but the sort of people who do hikes like this seem like all right people to me.

Beautiful.... bring bear spray.

Amazing views, moderate hike, Island lake is beautiful especially the inlet which carved a beautiful deep line into the granite almost like a slot canyon.

My wife and I only had a few hours to spend in Pinedale, so we decided to take the first 4-5 miles of this trail out to Photographer’s Point. It was time very well spent. The views aren’t easily described and I can only imagine the reward of hiking well on into the Winds. We will certainly be back when time permits. Trail notes: easy and gently sloping but quite wet with snowmelt and mud. The portion we completed could easily be ascended in less than 2 hours with dry conditions.

on Pole Creek Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

Easy trail that is very crowded. Too many stock animals.

on Island Lake Trail

fishing
1 month ago

Very crowded with too many stock animals. Great views. Easy trail.

on Titcomb Basin Trail

fishing
1 month ago

Even with all the crowds it’s worth going once. Great views and easy well marked trail. Wish this was a foot travel only area and no stock animals.

Beautiful but very crowded!

backpacking
6 months ago

This was our first family backpacking trip so I didn't want to plan anything too long for the kids. Hiked up to Glimpse lake in early August. Beautiful weather and no mosquitos. Only saw a few other people. Fishing was lousy at Glimpse, but watching the moose was great. Caught brookies on a day hike to Prospector. Beautiful scenery.

skiing
8 months ago

We drove to the coordinates and couldn't find any sign of the trail. There's a nordic training area nearby so something probably exists for skiiers in winter (the sign said no hikers).

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is down a dirt road by the Half Moon Lake Lodge. When we went the road up to the trailhead was closed to vehicles so we parked by the lodge and walked. The wildflowers and butterflies were out and I saw a redtail hawk circling overhead. The trail goes alongside the lake for a while before branching away. We turned back just before a flooded meadow. A really pretty hike! Lots of boulders, pine trees, bushes, and flowers.

backpacking
10 months ago

Incredible track with some spectacular views. Completed this loop in 4 days. Day 1 - Island Lake, Day 2 - Summit Fremont Peak, Day 3 - Hike from Island to Cook Lakes and down to Pole Creek Lake, Day 4 - Hike to Elkhart Park.

camping
10 months ago

So many good views. The trail is easy to follow and not obscured. Moderate and gentle inclines/declines. You pass a good amount of water so if you can treat it, you don't need to pack it in. Plenty of places for camping.

backpacking
10 months ago

Insane views the entire hike. Distance is more like ~12.5 miles one way.

10 months ago

Bugs were light, trail was continuously scenic, weather was great.

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

It was an adventure! Cool beautiful beaver damn/lake. Hike was good for as far as we got - a skunk chased us, tail in the air, rear end facing us. We ran like hell! I think the skunk was protecting it's young. We waited a while and tried passing again but the skunk came after us again. We left!

Sunday, July 09, 2017

great area with amazing fishing. Very remote.

cross country skiing
Sunday, June 18, 2017

We were going to attempt this hike in June of 2017, but signs indicated "no foot traffic allowed" Nordic skiing only.

backpacking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Beautiful loop heading to the summit of Fremont peak. The trail highlights dozens of stunning views. Perfect for a 3 or 4 days hike.

backpacking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hiked this trail all the way to the junction with the Higline trail as part of a multi-day backpack trip.

backpacking
Sunday, October 02, 2016

Great place. Would recommend this place to everyone

backpacking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Camped at these Lakes many years ago as a loop backpack trip from Boulder Canyon up to the Freemont Trail to Cook Lakes and returned to Boulder Canyon on the Highline trail. Great multi-day Loop

backpacking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hiked from Lake 10542 up to Photo Pass on the Continental Divide as part of the Wind River High Route between Green River Lakes and Big Sandy Openings

Sunday, August 28, 2016

This trail has some of the most spectacular scenery ever! We camped the first night at Sapphire Lake (west of Hobbs). We had it to ourselves and it was a great spot. The next day we did a day hike to Island Lake and Titcomb Basin. I don't know if I've ever seen any more spectacular scenery. Seneca Lake looks incredible. Then, the view from the 2nd pass down toward Island is top notch. Then, the area in Titcomb Basin looks like you are in another world with the jagged mountains coming up out of the water! Our third night we camped at Eklund Lake. The trail that goes above the Lake has a view of the lake and the Wind Rivers in the background that is also incredible! I woke up before the sun came up and there was fog everywhere and the pictures were incredible and I felt like I was in the Smoky Rocky Mountains! Tough trail, but so worth it, you won't even notice the pain :)

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!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

This trail used to be a favorite growing up. The boat dock is no longer there and access was very difficult. The trail has not been maintained and we had to go around MANY downed trees, sometimes easy other times not. Ascended to the lake by taking the direct route, descended by taking the river route. Both are in the same condition.

backpacking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hiked this trail many years ago. Started at the Elkhart Parking lot and dropped down and camped at Long Lake. Then continued on a 5 day loop called the Sky Pilot loop. Very pretty lake with good campsites

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Good time, cool retain compared to the NOLA

Start of many amazing hikes into the area, one of which is rated as the top 10 hikes in America by backpacker magazine.

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