Lincoln County High Point Trip Report

Wyoming Pk (11,378 ft)

Date: July 29, 2000
Author: Ken Jones

From US Hwy 189 in Big Piney, Wyoming, take Wyoming route 350 to the west. At 10.7 miles, continue straight ahead on gravel county route 2311 (signed to Sacajawea Campground). In about 10 more miles enter Bridger-Teton NF, and quickly pass route 10046 branching south (from here you can follow this and a series of gravel roads totally about 80 miles to or from Afton WY - use a map). Interestingly, the road you've come in on and the road continuing ahead to Sacajawea CG and Middle Piney Lake are also labeled as route 10046. At 22.7 miles bear left. Pass Sacajawea CG, and continue to the end of the road at Middle Piney Lake and its campground at about 26 miles from Hwy 189. The last few miles are rougher, but passable.

The trailhead is located in the campground, and is signed. It indicates 4 miles to Wyoming Peak - we would say more like 5. Follow the trail as it goes up and down around the south shore of the lake and reaches Wohelo Falls at about 2.5 miles. The topo shows a fork at about 9440' - there is a sign there, but the left fork is very indistinct. Fortunately, you want the right fork, which is maintained. The trail is easy to follow until just before the junction (signed) with the Wyoming Range Trail (WRT) at about 10,000'.

Looking at either the 1980 topo or the Bridger-Teton NF map, you would think there is a trail to the summit of Wyoming Peak. I don't believe it. We followed the WRT north to the saddle at 10400'+ (although the last 1/2 mile was indistinct-to-missing). We could not find any evidence of a trail from there to the summit. We eventually went directly up the NE ridge, including some easy class 3 in a loose cliff band, to the summit. We found traces of a trail just below the summit, but they extended only for about 20 feet. We didn't see the trail down the SW ridge, though we didn't look hard. The summit is occupied by an abandoned lookout building, which is not a tower, but has its floor at ground level. The benchmark was not obvious.

We went down the SE ridge to about 10800', then dropped S into the basin which we followed back to the WRT. If we returned, we'd use this route up as well. We retraced our steps on the trails back to the car.

Round trip: About 10 to 11 miles; 2500' net gain; 2800' total gain; 7 h 15 m. Time was with bad route finding and an 8-year-old; you should do better.