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Pinedale, WY: Gannett Peak

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Distance: 20.5 miles


Climb Wyoming's highest peak on this 41-mile out-and-back in the Wind River Range.

Gannett Peak, Wyoming’s highpoint, is the most remote in the Lower 48—just reaching it entails a superb wilderness adventure. The 20.5-mile hike to the summit is the longest high-point approach and certainly the wildest. You'll ogle the steep granite spires of the Wind River Range as you trek through the area's rugged, remote valleys, which are resplendent with glacial lakes and alpine flowers.

It typically takes climbers 2 days just to reach basecamp on emerald-green Upper Titcomb Lake. After huffing up to 13,000-foot Dinwoody Pass in the dark, you'll zigzag the Gooseneck Glacier to the summit ridge. On bluebird days, you'll be rewarded with an unforgettable panorama of granite, ice, snow, sky, and one of the great remaining wildernesses in the Lower 48. On stormy days, you'll be inclined to get the hell outta there as fast as you can.

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Bridger Teton National Forest: Pinedale Ranger District ($17, grandtetonpark.org)

GUIDEBOOK Bridger Teton National Forest: Pinedale Ranger District ($17, grandtetonpark.org)

CONTACT (307) 367-4326; fs.usda.gov/btnf

-Mapped by Shannon Davis

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