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Backpacker Magazine – August 2013

One Night Wonders: Couples, Goodwin Lake to Granite Hot Springs

Soak in simmering springs.

by: Kelly Bastone

Goodwin Lake to Granite Hot Springs, Gros Ventre Wilderness, WY (Mike Cavaroc)
Goodwin Lake to Granite Hot Springs, Gros Ventre Wilderness, WY (Mike Cavaroc)

Goodwin Lake to Granite Hot Springs
Gros Ventre Wilderness, WY

Picture this: Steam from a natural hot spring curling around you and your sweetie after a day filled with mountain vistas, alpine terrain, and a solitary campsite. Get it all on this 22-mile shuttle route. From the Goodwin Lake trailhead, 3 miles of uphill hiking through fragrant Douglas firs leads to Goodwin Lake, where most hikers turn around. Continue a mile south to gain the ridge. Option: detour a mile north on a user path to bag 13,517-foot Jackson Peak. Take the Granite Creek and Turquoise Lake Trails east to Turquoise Lake (9.5 total miles for day one); camp amid a pastiche of sapphire water and glacier-sculpted rock. Day two, reconnect with the eastbound Granite Creek Trail and hike for 12.5 miles, crossing turbulent Granite Creek (water shoes are handy in early summer) and passing below a natural arch before claiming your posthike reward: Granite Hot Springs’ soothing, 100°F pools framed by raw boulders and pines. Trailhead 12 miles northeast of Jackson; 43.506468, -110.630547 Shuttle car 43.368218, -110.446112 Shuttle service Alltrans (307) 733-3135 Best season August and September, for easy water crossings Permit None Hot springs $6; camping $15; bit.ly/GraniteHS Contact (307) 739-5500; fs.usda.gov/btnf


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