Pinedale, WY: Pyramid Lake

Connect a string of sparkling alpine lakes on this 25.2-mile long weekend under the ragged 12,000-foot spires and peaks of the Wind River Range.
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Connect a string of sparkling alpine lakes on this 25.2-mile long weekend under the ragged 12,000-foot spires and peaks of the Wind River Range.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 20.3

Waypoints

PYR001

Location: 42.6880493164062, -109.271499633789

Camp near trailhead if arriving late. Trail leads N along Sandy River

PYR002

Location: 42.6958312988281, -109.266700744629

Bear L @ T to Meeks Lake intersection

PYR003

Location: 42.7063598632812, -109.266403198242

Pass Meeks Lake, then bear L @ Y. A bit farther, head R @ Y for Diamond Lake Trail junction

PYR004

Location: 42.7423095703125, -109.282096862793

Next leg goes from thick forest to grassy meadow with 100-mile views E of the Wind River Range

PYR005

Location: 42.7528686523438, -109.285202026367

Stay L @ Y as trail parallels Dads Lake (good fishing and camping)

PYR006

Location: 42.7640419006348, -109.289108276367

Continue straight; trail rolls up and down hillsides

PYR007

Location: 42.776538848877, -109.298202514648

Marms Lake; go R @ Y and onto small saddle (look for bighorn sheep while shooting pics of the jagged peaks

PYR008

Location: 42.7877044677734, -109.296203613281

Skirt R side of wildflower-carpeted valley

PYR009

Location: 42.7956809997559, -109.290000915527

Stay L @ Shadow Lake Trail and descend to Washakie Creek. Cross, then pick up steep northbound trail

PYR010

Location: 42.8079795837402, -109.291297912598

Go L @ Y to Skull Lake; R fork heads high into eastern Wind Rivers

PYR011

Location: 42.8247184753418, -109.297798156738

Bear L @ Y to circle Maes Lake before finishing the steep trek to Pyramid Lake. Rocky outcrops harbor batches of vibrant yellow, daisylike woolly actinellas

PYR012

Location: 42.8384895324707, -109.305999755859

Pyramid Lake (10,570 ft.) sits in a bowl beneath toothy peaks, including Pyramid and Tower, plus the Continental Divide. Hunt for flat campsite. Option: Hike W to ascend thumb-shaped Half Dome for great sunrise