Gannett Peak, WY, day 1

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
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Trip End Oct 14, 2011


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Friday, July 22, 2011

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I left my hotel in Dubois, WY and headed to the tiny town of Crowheart, WY, to meet Mark Postle, my guide for the next five days as we attempt to climb Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming.  Gannett Peak also has the distinction of being the longest of any of the hikes to the state highpoints.  There are three routes commonly used.  The route we're taking is the shortest of the three but is far from short.  A book on the state highpoints gives the length of the hike as 32.8 miles round-trip.

Mark was already at the small country store in Crowheart when I arrived.  We went inside and paid for the permits to cross the Wind River Indian Reservation, which cost $55 for the two of us for the two days we will be on their land.  We then went next door and paid for our rides from Crowheart to the trailhead at Cold Springs, which cost $125 each way for each of us for a total of $500.

The ride from Crowheart to Cold Springs is about 90 minutes of bouncing over rough dirt roads.  When we arrived there was a group waiting to be picked up.  We chatted with them briefly to find out what we could about current trail conditions.  They had all summitted, which was encouraging.

We then started to hike.  From Cold Springs to Scenic Pass is mostly uphill with a vertical gain of well over 1,000 feet.  The trail then starts to descend toward DinwoodyCreek and the Glacier Trail, which parallels the creek to the west.  Portions of the trail were wet and other parts were snow-covered.  It got wetter after going over the pass.  After about 6 1/2 hours of hiking we camped for the night.
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