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Jackson, WY: Island Lake Loop

Connect a string of alpine lakes on this classic 35-mile loop in the Wind River Range.

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The towering granite spires of the Wind River Range are a mecca for climbers, but the abundant wildlife, 1,500 alpine lakes, and seemingly endless trail network make this 100-mile-long swath of Wyoming wilderness equally attractive to backpackers.

This classic 35-mile loop from the Elkhart Park trailhead connects a number of high lakes, including Little Seneca, Island, and Summit. Follow Trails #119 and #123 to Seneca Lake and the intersection with the Continental Divide Trail. Hike northwest 11 miles before turning off near Summit Lake onto Trail #165 to head back to the trailhead.

Be sure to pack your fly rod: During the Depression, Finis Mitchell hauled barrels of trout on horse pack trains to remote backcountry lakes that now team with rainbow and cutthroat.

To Trailhead

From Pine St. and Fremont Lake Rd. in Pinedale, WY, head northeast on Fremont Lake Rd. (becomes Skyline Dr.). Follow 14.6 miles to the Elkhart Park Trailhead.

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