Backpack to Titcomb Basin and Summit Gannett Peak

Elkhart Park Trailhead

This is a 3-4 day expedition through the most remote and beautiful area of the Wind River Mountain range ending with a summit of the highest point in Wyoming.

If you are looking for a challenging hike in one of the most remote areas of the rocky mountains then this is the expedition for you. Starting near Pinedale, Wyoming in Elkhart Park you begin a 50 mile round trip that can include a summit of Gannett Peak. Starting elevation of the hike is near 8,000 ft and cumulative elevation gain will eventually be 9,000 ft.

Titcomb Basin is 20 miles from the trailhead and can be reached in a day. The basin provides breathtaking views of Rocky Mountain wilderness at its finest. The trail through Titcomb Basin took us past seemingly forgotten alpine lakes, vivid green fields, and deep basins guarded by majestic spires on all sides. From the basin there are a number of day hikes to choose from including exploration of an expansive glacier system.

From Titcomb Basin take an additional day to summit Gannett Peak which provides extensive glacier travel, ice climbing, and rock climbing. Gannett Peak is the highest point in Wyoming and considered by many to be a serious mountaineering challenge. It is extremely rewarding to look out from Gannett on a clear day and see the Grand Teton, knowing that it is below you. I recommend 3-5 days for a full journey including Gannett Peak.

Pack List

  • 20 degree sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • 3 season tent
  • Backcountry Kitchen
  • 50-100 liter backpack
  • Dry core rope
  • Ice Axe
  • Harness
  • Webbing, Slings and Rappelling devices
  • Helmet
  • Food for 3-4 days
  • Clothing for all weather conditions
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RT Distance 50 Miles
Elevation Gain 4000 Feet
Activities Camping, Fishing, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Beach
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Incredible Eclipse Adventure

This mountain is an incredible adventure to conquer, especially if it's your first true mountaineering summit. I always love backpacking in the Wind River Range and just getting to base camp for this peak takes you to one of my favorite places. I was concerned about the snow bridge at this point in the season but a big snow year meant it was huge and not a problem. My group decided to summit during the 2017 total eclipse and it was by far the best eclipse experience I've had.


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