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Situated far from any major cities and occupying a 100-mile stretch of the Great Divide in western Wyoming, the Wind River Mountains are a sight to behold. The Winds, as the locals know them, contain the largest glacial system in the Rockies and more than 40 peaks over 13,000 feet. Standing above them all is Gannett Peak, one of the most difficult-to-reach summits in the US. This is where some of the country’s finest alpine rock and ice climbing, day hiking and even fishing can be found, but to reach any of it is no walk in the park. The range can be accessed either from the east or the west side, with the approach lasting several days. Either way, a spine-tingling, awe-inspiring experience is guaranteed for any adventurer who decides to brave Wind River’s remote and rugged wilderness.

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  • An exhilarating multi-day trek in a rugged alpine landscape

  • Stunning views of Wind River’s glacial lakes and mountain pastures

  • Challenge yourself on diverse terrain in a remote landscape

Available itineraries

5-Day Rock Climbing Expedition From Cold Springs

Starting from the Cold Springs trailhead on the Wind River Indian Reservation, this five-day trip takes the shorter, east-side approach to Gannett Peak. Cross the aptly named Scenic Pass, camp on the serene shores of Echo Lake and marvel at the views of Wind River Range as you ascend Gannett Peak’s majestic glacial horn.

  • Meet your group at Crowheart and take a ride to the Cold Springs trailhead. After a 6-mile hike to 11,400 feet of elevation, reach Scenic Pass, which offers excellent views of the northern side of Wind River Range. Camp at Echo Lake by the Ink Wells Trail.

  • Hike southwest towards Dinwoody Trail. Follow Dinwoody Creek upstream over multiple river crossings. After about 8 miles make camp at the terminal of the Dinwoody Glacier.

  • An eventful alpine day will take you to the summit of Gannett peak before noon and back to the camp in the afternoon. The routes ahead are technical and feature glaciers, snow climbing and rock scrambling.

  • Enjoy the last two days in Wind River by retracing your steps and enjoying the breathtaking mountain scenery. Take in the views on Scenic Pass once again before returning to Cold Springs at noon on the fifth day.

6-Day Rock Climbing Expedition From Elkhart Park

This longer, six-day expedition approaches Gannett Peak from the west side of the Wind River Mountain Range. Take a scenic hike on Photographer’s Point and Seneca Lake, admire the jagged crown of peaks skirting Titcomb Basin and camp on Mt. Helen before a long alpine climb to Gannett Peak.

  • Drive from the guide’s office to the Elkhart Park trailhead on Pole Creek Trail. Hike past the scenic Photographer’s Point and Seneca Lake. Establish camp near Island Lake and rest up before the long journey ahead.

  • Start the day with a 4.5-mile hike to the head of Titcomb Basin and up the glacier-carved valley. Enjoy walking along mile-long emerald lakes as the jagged peaks of Fremont, Sacagawea and Mt. Helen loom above you. In preparation for the next day’s challenges, practice snow climbing and self-arrest techniques in a nearby snowfield.

  • Kick off the day with an early alpine start to the top of Gannett Peak and return to camp before nightfall. Expect a 14-hour day of mountaineering on technical routes, alpine glaciers and sections that require snow climbing and rock scrambling.

  • Having accomplished your goal, it’s time to wind down a bit and enjoy the beauty of Wind River some more. Explore, take photos, try your hand in fishing! There’s plenty of lakes in the area.

  • On the final day of the expedition revisit Seneca Lake, Hobbs, and Eklund Lakes. Savor the spectacular views of Titcomb Basin and Gannett Peak from Photographer’s Point. 

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The Mountain Guides
The Mountain Guides
The Mountain Guides have been leading mountain adventurers in the Western US since 1968. With some of the most experienced mountain guides in the country, TMG leads hundreds of people every year in the mountain ranges of Wyoming and Montana, the canyons and towers of Utah, on Cody’s South Fork ice falls, the cliffs and crags of Boulder, Colorado, in Red Rock, Nevada, and City of Rocks, Idaho.
5.00 (2 reviews)
Lee P. (source: Jackson Hole Mountain Guides )

This climb was life-changing. It was a true mountaineering experience that offered everything: risk, reward, pain, suffering, conquering fears, and pushing personal limits. Nadav was the best guide I’ve ever had. He was honest, laid back and answered any question we could throw at him. His knowledge about the mountains and the Winds in particular was greatly appreciated. He was an excellent teacher and mentor in the backcountry, but he also showed real interest in getting to know each of us on a personal level. I feel like that is rare trait these days. Over the course of the 5 days, I felt less like a client and more like a friend. On summit day, Nadav was honest and upfront. I never felt like he was babysitting us, but rather truly guiding us. We discussed every section of the climb prior to making any major moves. He never stopped teaching the entire day. He knew just how far to push us while managing the risks and keeping us safe. I feel honored to call Nadav my friend.

Darren D. (source: Jackson Hole Mountain Guides )

If you want to climb safely with confidence and learn about WHAT you are actually doing and climbing…Pick JHMG.  Hands down the best guys for the job!  YEARS of experience and professionalism are very obvious from the moment you step inside the shop.  Nice guys, well trained and fun to climb with!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local rock-climbing guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • 5 or 6 days of hiking and climbing depending on your chosen itinerary
    • All technical climbing gear
    • Breakfast and dinners in the backcountry
    • Tent
    • Cooking equipment

    What’s not included:

    • Transportation
    • Accommodation
    • Equipment drop/portage and shuttle fees
    • Lunch and snacks
    • Parking
    • Permits and licenses ($345 is paid per person to the to the Wind River reservation for transportation and fishing licenses)
  • Both the 5-day and 6-day expeditions are strenuous treks that require a high level of fitness. You need to be prepared for a full day of hiking and snow climbing while carrying your equipment and gaining elevation up to almost 14.000 feet. 

  • Your guides supply all the helmets, ropes, pickets, belays, crampons, and ice axes. However, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Please coordinate with our office for gear checks. Backpacks, rock shoes, and boots can all be rented and purchased in their Jackson office. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to bring it.

    Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Crampons – during winter months, can be rented
    • Ice axe – during winter months, can be rented
    • Ski goggles – during winter months, can be rented
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Gloves
    • Hiking pants
    • Hiking socks
    • Fleece jacket
    • Warm, down jacket
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Rain pants (depend of the season)
    • Wool hat
    • Comfortable shoes for camp
    • A three-season sleeping bag and mat
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Fishing gear
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

    • The group size for these private trips is usually 3 people with one guide. 
    • Costs per person decrease as the group grows for private tours, so it’s the perfect opportunity to climb with friends and family. 

    Group pricing is for 2–3 people on a trip. You will be matched with other interested participants on group trips. 

    Hiking and Climbing on Gannett Peak can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.

    Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors as young as 15 may be permitted to climb on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has climbers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • The closest airport is the one in Jackson Hole, but Idaho Falls (a 2.5-hour drive) and Salt Lake City (4-5 hour drive) are also air travel options.

    It’s best to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip to properly acclimatize. Otherwise, you should arrive the day before and stop by the guide’s office for an equipment check.

    The Elkhart Park trailhead is located 14 miles east of Pinedale, while Wind River Range trips and classes operate out of the guide’s Jackson headquarters. Most trips start from this office for gear checks, preparation, and classes.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Wyoming please refer to the official website of the Wyoming Department of Health.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Secure your spot for the following season with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you’ll be the first one to know. Pick the month that suits you best and we’ll let you know once the dates are live—don’t risk missing out on your bucket list adventure!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure in case the dates don’t suit you by the end of the year.
      • Once the set dates for the following season are live, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 1 month (30 days) prior to departure.

    A 50% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 1 month (30 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund, less a $50 processing fee.
      • For cancellations thirty-one (31) to sixty (60) calendar days in advance, the Guide will retain 50% of the deposit and refund the balance.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
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