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Island Lake and Titcomb Basin: Breathtaking

Island Lake and Titcomb Basin: Breathtaking

It has been a generous summer for me in terms of how much time I’ve had in the high country of my back yard, Wyoming’s Wind River Range. For the last six weeks, I’ve gone on six epic day hikes.
On July 12, my husband, Jerry, and I hiked a 25.5-mile roundtrip hike that took us [...]

Doubletop + New Fork Canyon = Awesome

Doubletop + New Fork Canyon = Awesome

My friend, Tom Carter, is author of Day Hiking the Wind River Range. He has told me, in person, as well as in his guidebook that the hike to the top of Doubletop Mountain, in the northern Wind River Range, provides a 360-degree view of the entire span of the Wind River Range.
For years [...]

Wind River Peak in a Day

Wind River Peak in a Day

NOTE: I know this is a long post. It was a long hike. If you’re interested in hiking and climbing Wind River Peak, you’ll find key information in this blog. If you’re not interested in details, etc., I hope you’ll at least enjoy the photos and video at bottom. Or, here’s [...]

Climbing Finis Mitchell’s Mountain

Climbing Finis Mitchell’s Mountain

Last Thursday, my husband, Jerry, and I left Lander at (gasp) 3:45 am. It was a two-hour drive to the Big Sandy Opening trailhead, and our plans for the day were ambitious: to climb Mitchell Peak and get back to Lander in time for our middle son’s 5:30 pm baseball game.
We made the drive under [...]

This Hike Takes Your Breath Away

This Hike Takes Your Breath Away

It was very early morning on July 29, when reasonable people were still in their beds sleeping.
Four of my closest girlfriends met my husband and I at our house at 3:09, and by 3:17, we departed for the trailhead at Dickinson Park, about an hour-and-a-half drive. Despite the early hour, as we left Lander, it [...]

Cyclone Pass “Prize” Makes Shoshone Lake Hike (Grunt) Worthwhile

Cyclone Pass “Prize” Makes Shoshone Lake Hike (Grunt) Worthwhile

Shoshone Lake is a big lake that is in my backyard. Tucked in the foothills of Wyoming’s southern Wind River Range, the lake is situated at about 10,000′, and in the Shoshone National Forest.
My husband, Jerry, a friend, Kathy Swanson, of Casper, WY, and I hiked to Shoshone Lake and beyond on July 8. The [...]

Another Best Wind River Hike, Ever…

Another Best Wind River Hike, Ever…

I have had a great four months. My beloved Wind River Range has been good to me. I have been lucky enough to experience seven or eight long and stunning day hikes in my back yard plus a bunch of smaller hikes and outdoor adventures with my family.
Most recently, my husband, Jerry, and I hiked [...]

My Most Epic Wind River Day Hike

My Most Epic Wind River Day Hike

I just completed a life list hike that’s in my back yard, Wyoming’s southern Wind River Range. As those of you who know me, or read this blog, know, I live for these “epic” hikes in the Wind River Range. This year I had a list of five major ones I wanted to do. Due [...]

Good Views Come to Those Who Hike Uphill

Good Views Come to Those Who Hike Uphill

I just returned from my annual hike to Shoshone Lake above my town of Lander, WY. There’s no other way to describe this 22-mile hike. It’s a grunt.
The trail is not necessarily spectacular, and in fact much of it follows a two-track and is a popular ATV trail. Solitude isn’t the reason you hike to [...]

Hiking the Bears Ears Trail

Hiking the Bears Ears Trail

The Bears Ears Trail is one of my favorite trails in all of Wyoming’s Wind River Range. This is due to the nature of the trail and the views it provides.
After a little more than three miles of switchbacks through forest, the trail opens up into alpine tundra and hands out spectacular views as it [...]