Hi folks, just got back this morning. We ended up going to the Big Sandy area for three nights. We weren't able to do the loop we wanted to because of lingering snowfields, instead we wandered around the area and visited some of our favorite places.
But, the snow situation is rapidly improving. The snow is melting astonishingly fast, and in a matter of days any route in that area should be possible. Its supposed to be low 90's in Lander the rest of the week, so the melting should really be rapid
The situation that is not good at all is the mosquitoes. They were the worst mosquitoes I have ever seen. Period. There is lots of standing water from all the lingering snowfields and it has created a bug nightmare. Our only escape was to go high enough up where the hatch hasn't really happened yet.
Like a lot of people out there we are planning a trip for the first two weeks of August. I expect the snow to not be a big issue, but I'm afraid that the bug situation could still be bad...
Deep Lake, still with a thick layer of ice. Clear Lake, just down the drainage was ice free. It was bug free camping, but wet and snowy.
Jackass Pass and Cirque of the Towers. We wanted to go over Texas Pass, but from here it looked a bit ambitious. Sorry I couldn't figure out how to rotate the picture!
Washakie Pass. The trail dow the pass to Washakie Lake is somewhere beneath that huge snowfield.
Washakie Lake below is almost all thawed out. The high Bears Ears trail in the background looks great!
If you have any specific questions about what it is like up there in the Winds, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org