|Yumi dwarfed while hiking in Indian Basin
Holy Cow! If someone would have told me
that there was a place that could rival Glacier for sheer beauty I wouldn't
have believed him.
The range itself is about 110 miles in length
and 40 across covering a little over 2 million acres of land.Much of the
Winds' crest forms the spine of the continental divide with many peaks
rising over 13,000'. One would never imagine the desolate, dry ranchland
south and west of the range would give way to an area of such beauty.
Four wilderness areas account for nearly 1 million
acres of backcountry: The Bridger, Popo Agie, Fitzpatrick and the Wind
River Roadless area. Countless lakes dot the area as well as many glaciers.
The largest glaciers in the lower U.S. are found in the Winds.
Backpackers are not the only users of this magnificent
wilderness. Rock climbers are treated to some of the best climbs in the
country while fishermen are lured by a wide variety of trout found in
most of the lakes and streams.
Even though we cut our backpacking short a few
days we still saw enough to whet our (mine, actually) appetite
for more as well as seeing a few places in Yellowstone we hadn't before.
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1: Big Sandy opening over Hailey Pass, Washakie Pass and back to Big Sandy
2: Elkhart park to Indian Basin and back
Yellowstone National Park and environs