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Best Thru Hikes in Wyoming

May 06, 2020

Next, we’re looking at the best thru -hikes in Wyoming. Though it may be know best for it’s national parks, the wilderness area are some of the most beautiful in the country.

Thru-hiking in Wyoming provides a similar experience to that of California, but with the added possibility of seeing a grizzly bear. Grizzlies were extirpated in California years ago, but many of them thrive in the climates created by various ranges of the Rocky Mountains.

Wind River High Route

Thru-Hikes: Wind River High Route
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Atop the list of thru-hikes in Wyoming is the Wind River High Route. This beautiful trail travels 97 miles through the Bridger Wilderness in the Wind River Range. It crosses the Continental Divide Trail multiple times across the 9 high-mountain passes. This trail offers solitude, as it crosses no roads and is not easily accessible by any side trails.

Similar to California’s Sierra High Route, the Wind River High Route travels off-trail for quite a bit, traversing talus fields and granite slabs. However, there is no climbing necessary on this trail.

Solitude Trail

Thru-Hikes: Solitude Loop Trail
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The Solitude Trail provides the opportunity to enjoy isolation within another one of Wyoming’s beautiful mountain ranges. This is a 55 mile loop that ventures through the Bighorn Mountains.

The Solitude Trail travels through the Cloud Peak Wilderness and Bighorn National Forest, known for its great fishing and hiking. The trail starts at 8,500 feet before climbing nearly 2,000 vertical feet. Over the course of the hike, you’ll cross four high-mountain passes, and countless alpine lakes and meadows.

Granite Highline Trail

Thru-Hikes: Granite Highline Trail
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The Granite Highline Trail is more of an out-and-back trail than a thru-hike, but it still makes this list as a gorgeous multi-day hike. From the Cache Creek trailhead near Jackson, Wyoming, it heads southeast for 22 miles into the Gros Ventre Wilderness.

The Granite Highline trail is great for fishing and spotting the wildlife that calls the Gros Ventre Mountains home. Black and grizzly bears, wolves, elk, and more wander through the meadows and wildflowers of this beautiful range. This trail is also known for its beautiful lakes and crossing multiple creek drainages through the Little Granite Divide.

When it comes to wilderness areas of Wyoming, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks likely come to mind first. But Wyoming is a gorgeous state that supports many different ecosystems. The Wind River Range is one of the most beautiful in the country and is considered a main highlight of the CDT. Check out some of these thru-hikes on your next trip!