Hike to Photographer's Point

Wyoming Elkhart Park Trailhead

Added by Andrew Slaton

Take in amazing views of the Wind River Range on this hike to Photographer's Point. And as the name implies, there will be great photo opportunities, so don't forget your camera.

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 approaching the famous "photographer's point". It's a great spot to rest if you're going into the Winds further. It's also a great destination if you just want a nice little hike with a pretty view as a payoff.

Be advised that the Winds now have lots of Grizzlies. Hike in groups, make noise, and carry bear protection. Also, many outfitters frequent this trail, so be courteous and move off the trail on the uphill side when horses and mules are passing!

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Tent (if you want to make it an overnighter)
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Camera
  • Polarizer filter (to get a great reflection from the pond)
  • Bear protection
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Backpacking, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



9 Miles



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

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about 1 month ago

A Week in the Winds

Last fall I spent a week in the Winds with a couple of old buddies; Photographer's Point was our lunch stop on the first day in. The vista is unbelievable, but don't stop there - every turn reveals another beautiful, pristine lake or spectacular panorama of mountain peaks. The weather in September was perfect and after the first day we only ran into a few other people, no problem finding peaceful, private campsites. We saw no bears but you do want to take the usual precautions.

about 1 month ago

Added by Andrew Slaton

Andrew is a commercial landscape and active lifestyle photographer living on the road full-time with his yogi wife, Ellen, dog, Islay Blue, and stud cat, Colonel Bubba. Based wherever the wind takes them, and teaching workshops along the way. www.slatonworkshops.com

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