“The Winds,” about a 2-hour drive south of Jackson, teem with wildlife, glacial lakes, and towering spires. The CDT stretches for nearly 70 miles through this spectacular environment. The trail network is extensive in this area allowing for a number of loop opportunities. A classic loop from Elkart Park stretches for approximately 35 miles and uses the CDT to tie into a number of high altitude lakes including, Little Seneca Lake, Island Lake, and Summit Lake. However, if you can arrange a shuttle, hike to the Green River Lakes described in the next hike (about 30 miles to the north). If backpacking is not your thing, there are a number of outfitters in the area ready to take you into The Winds by horseback. Be sure to pack your fly rod so you can cast for Rainbows and Cutthroats at Island Lake. With Fremont Peak rising impressively in the background it is a “can’t miss” photo opportunity.Contact: CDTC at 1-720-340-CDTC (2382) or or Bridger Teton National Forests Pinedale Ranger District 307-367-4326.
Length: See above description for options.
Directions: Elkhart TH: From Pinedale take the Fremont Lake Road to Forest Road 740. Follow FR 740 for approximately 9 miles to the Elkhart Park and the Trailhead to Little Seneca Lake. Access the CDT at Little Seneca Lake, which is about an 8-mile hike from the Elkhart Park Trailhead outside of Pinedale.
Maps: USGS 7.5 Quadrangles: Fremont Lake South, Fremont Lake North, and Bridger Lakes, Bridger-Teton National Forest – Pinedale Ranger District and Bridger Wilderness
Other Information: Bridger-Teton National Forest – http://www.fs.fed.us/btnf/