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Gannett Peak, Wyoming’s highpoint, is the most remote in the Lower 48—just reaching it entails a superb wilderness adventure. The 20.5-mile hike to the summit is the longest high-point approach and certainly the wildest. You’ll ogle the steep granite spires of the Wind River Range as you trek through the area’s rugged, remote valleys, which are resplendent with glacial lakes and alpine flowers.
It typically takes climbers 2 days just to reach basecamp on emerald-green Upper Titcomb Lake. After huffing up to 13,000-foot Dinwoody Pass in the dark, you’ll zigzag the Gooseneck Glacier to the summit ridge. On bluebird days, you’ll be rewarded with an unforgettable panorama of granite, ice, snow, sky, and one of the great remaining wildernesses in the Lower 48. On stormy days, you’ll be inclined to get the hell outta there as fast as you can.
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-Mapped by Shannon Davis
- Distance: 33.0
Location: 43.004427, -109.752302
The route begins at Elkhart Park. Hike northeast, then southeast on Pole Creek Trail.
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Continue straight at next two junctions.
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Continue straight (north).
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Bear left on Pole Creek Trail.
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Go straight at next two junctions.
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Continue straight at the junction east of Little Seneca Lake.
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Bear right onto Indian Pass Trail.
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Bear left, heading north on Titcomb Basin Trail.
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The official trail ends and you’re on your own. Pick your own route ahead; this above-treeline, off-trail striding and scrambling will spoil you forever. Hop boulders and skip through flowering meadows for a few more miles until you find yourself encircled by granite and glaciers, an orgy of mountains. Now climb one of the peaks. Doesn’t matter whether it’s a technical ascent or a hike. You’ll get the view of a lifetime.
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Bear right and climb northeast into a bowl beneath Dinwoody and Miriam Peaks.
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Crest Bonney Pass, a saddle between Dinwoody and Miriam Peaks. Next, descend north across the Dinwoody Glacier. The ascent up the Gooseneck Route is straightforward in good conditions (midsummer is usually ideal), but snow-travel skills are required.
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Turn left and ascend the northern side of Gooseneck Pinnacle.
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Turn right (north); follow the ridgeline to Gannett Peak.
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Gannett Peak: You’ll get unrivaled views of the Winds from this 13,804-foot peak. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.