|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – March 2010
Hike to the heart of the Winds.
The Wind River Range is famous for its soaring granite peaks, countless alpine lakes, and guaranteed solitude. But most really great trips here require long approaches. Not so with this stunning 14-mile round-trip, which also features minimal elevation gain and good trails. You’ll see iconic Square Top Mountain, pass through moose habitat, and walk along an emerald green stream. Peakbaggers: Conquer Square Top by fording the rib-deep Green and ascending Marten Creek to Marten Lake; scramble up the 1,600-foot, class 2 gully that rises directly above the lake.
From US 191 north of Pinedale, take WY 352 east as it turns from asphalt into a 22-mile gravel track that ends at the trailhead.
Earthwalk Press Northern Wind Rivers Hiking Map and Guide ($10; rei.com)
Trip ID backpacker.com/hikes/564863