The Best Day Hikes in America: Bears Ears to Adams Pass

Popo Agie Wilderness, Wyoming
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Wind Rivers

A panoramic view of the Wind Rivers

This state’s geysers are cool, but the Wind Rivers, perhaps the finest unspoiled high-country playground in the Rockies, are better. Switchback up to 11,000-foot Adams Pass, then pick an itinerary: Keep going to a glacier, climb another 800 feet up Bears Ears Mountain, or savor the sea of white granite and teal lakes before you.

Distance 11 miles (out and back) Trailhead 42.834767,-109.058902 Drive time 1:33 from Lander Season June to October Permit Required ($25) for departing from tribal lands Contact