posted on Jan, 5 2018 @ 05:10 AM
Wind River mountains in Wyoming. I've been to some places in the Wind Rivers that I'm pretty sure no other human being has set foot, so it's pretty
remote. Stunningly beautiful mountain lakes and some pretty rugged terrain.
Alaska is going to win every time for just sheer distance away from civilization just due to its massive real estate, but the problem hiking in much
of Alaska (at lower altitudes anyway) is the underbrush (elk brush or whatever it's called) is so thick you have to bushwhack your way to get
anywhere. At least that's been my experience. That stuff can take the fun out of a trip real quick. That, and the relentless bugs in the
Probably one of the greatest books written about hiking in the Wind Rivers is Finis Mitchell's, Wind River Trails. Pair it with some good USGS
topo maps and you're set.
I grew up in Wyoming and have hiked all over the Wind Rivers, I've probably logged 1,000 miles there. That said, I've probably been to less than 5%
of the lakes and trails. There are 4,000 lakes, 800 miles of rivers and 428,000 acres of wilderness and trails to explore. Mitchell spent 50 years
hiking the Wind Rivers and didn't cover it all (pretty damn close, but not all). If you want remote, it's pretty hard to get more remote than
Just the hike into Slide Lake, which is a starter trail, will test most people's endurance and sense of adventure. Three fast-water crossings and
some spectacular scenery are just the start. The last 7 miles of the trail is a relentless uphill trek to one of the most picturesque and remote
lakes (at around 9,500 feet if memory serves). If you're into mountain climbing, Slide lake sits in the shadow of Lost Eagle peak (which is an
excellent technical day climb). Also there are several other peaks in the area we climbed while there. ...and that's just the beginning of the Wind