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The Best Backpacking in Wyoming

Looking for the best backpacking in Wyoming? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Wyoming. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

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Top backpacking spots in and near Wyoming

  • Alta, Wyoming

    Death Canyon to Fox Creek Pass

    5.0
    18.15 mi
    Day 1: This trip begins at the Death Canyon Trailhead. Try to arrive early, as it gets crowded and various groups day hike from here. After the first few miles, you’ll encounter Phelps Lake. You’ll have several opportunities for photos, and they will all be beautiful. As you continue on, be on t...
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  • Jackson, Wyoming

    Camp in the Gros Ventre Wilderness

    4.8
    Take highway 89 out of Jackson, headed north, and turn on to Gros Ventre Rd. This will take you right past the campground, wild rivers, and ample hiking. Keep driving for about 20 miles as views of the Tetons appear behind you, and ample backcountry camping options become available.
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  • Alta, Wyoming

    Paintbrush and Cascade Canyons Loop

    5.0
    18.77 mi / 4088 ft gain
    This is one of the most picturesque and popular overnight trails in the Tetons for a reason. The trailhead is located at the String Lake parking lot. The trail constantly changes at every turn; be ready to experience a wide variety of gorgeous scenes from lush dense forests, scattered waterfalls,...
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  • Alta, Wyoming

    Summit Table Mountain

    4.8
    11 mi / 4000 ft gain
    To climb Table Mountain you begin at the Teton Canyon Trailhead near Driggs, Idaho. The trailhead sits at about 6,800 feet elevation and from there you have two options to reach the 11,106 ft. peak -neither of which are technical, and both of which are dog-friendly.The first option, named Huckleb...
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  • Teton Village, Wyoming

    Teton Crest Trail

    5.0
    25.35 mi / 9681 ft gain
    The Teton Crest Trail has several variations that allow the hiker to enter and exit through different canyons. The classic trail begins at the Phillips Pass Trailhead and comes to a close at Paintbrush Divide. Many hikers choose to take the Teton Village Tram up to Marion Lake and join up with th...
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  • Alta, Wyoming

    Union Falls and Scout Pool

    5.0
    15.42 mi / 1755 ft gain
    Of a summer spent living in Yellowstone, and many overnight trips in the park, the trek to Union Falls and Scout Pool ranked at the top of my list. (Many of my fellow gas station employees agreed!) The hike itself is nothing spectacular, but takes you to two of the most beautiful places in the pa...
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  • Alta, Wyoming

    Paintbrush Canyon Loop and Leigh Lake Overnight

    5.0
    22 mi / 4400 ft gain
    There are many ways to access the Teton backcountry. However, one of my personal favorites is from Leigh Lake via the String Lake trailhead. From the backcountry office obtain a backcountry permit for 2 nights at Leigh Lake. Site 12 has some of the more impressive beachfront views of the Front Ra...
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  • Alta, Wyoming

    Leigh Lake via String Lake Trailhead

    4.8
    2.84 mi
    Leigh Lake is absolutely stunning with about as many recreational activities as you can imagine for a lake. It is a short flat one mile hike from the trailhead at String Lake to Leigh. Once you get there can go as far along as you wish along the 2 mile lakeshore. You can also Kayak, Canoe, or SUP...
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  • Pinedale, Wyoming

    Hike to Seneca Lake

    5.0
    18 mi / 2000 ft gain
    The Wind River Range is one of the best backpacking + climbing wildernesses in the lower 48. Seneca Lake is right at the beginning of some of the most spectacular high alpine climbing and backpacking routes.From the Elkhart trailhead parking lot, take the Pole Creek Trail directly adjacent to th...
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  • Pinedale, Wyoming

    Backpack and Fly Fish the Wind River Range

    5.0
    Day 1: Hit the Elkhart trailhead. Get set up at Hobbs lake, do a little fishing, eat and turn in for the night.Day 2: Head out for Island Lake to set a base camp for the next few days. Keep an eye out for mountain storms and if you do catch as short one, be sure to take in the view. It's amazing!...
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  • Big Horn County, Wyoming

    Summit Cloud Peak

    4.7
    23 mi / 4000 ft gain
    Although there is more than one way to access the peak, the most commonly used route begins at the West Tensleep Trailhead & Campground (44.258019, -107.215344) (Elevation: 9101 ft.) The trailhead can be reached from Buffalo, WY. Heading Southwest on Cloud Peak Scenic Byway (HWY 16) turn lef...
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  • Cora, Wyoming

    Backpack Square Top Mountain

    15 mi / 2400 ft gain
    You have two options when starting from Green River Lakes Campground, located 52 miles north of Pinedale, WY, (21 of these miles are on a washboard dirt road). The first option is to start backpacking from the campground and follow the trail that runs alongside the first lake, up the river and pa...
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  • Jackson, Wyoming

    Hike along the Gros Ventre River

    4.4
    The Gros Ventre (pronounced gro-vant) lies on the southern boundary of Grand Teton National Park, and is home to a great deal of wildlife. As the seasons change, so do the wildlife that frequent this area, but no matter what time of year you hike along the river, you're bound to see something spe...
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  • Pinedale, Wyoming

    Hike to Photographer's Point

    4.5
    9 mi
    Begin at the main Elkhart Park parking area. Take the Pole Creek Trail directly adjacent to the restroom. You will follow this trail for approximately 4.5 miles through lodgepole pine forests and beautiful alpine parks.When you begin seeing large boulders and sheer rock walls, you are approachi...
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  • Alta, Wyoming

    Backpack to Surprise Lake in Grand Teton NP

    9.6 mi / 2580 ft gain
    There is a good amount of parking at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead but on weekends and nice days it will fill up quickly so it is best to arrive as early as possible. The trail to Surprise Lake starts relatively level before quickly beginning to ascend after about a third of a mile and once the as...
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  • Pinedale, Wyoming

    Climb Fremont Peak via Southeast Buttress

    30 mi / 4350 ft gain
    The typical approach to the SE Buttress is from Indian Basin, probably because it is easier, provided you plan on going to Indian Basin anyway. However, if you plan on visiting Titcomb or climbing Gannett peak via Bonney Pass, I suggest approaching from Lower (Southern) Titcomb Lake. I thought it...
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