Cirque Of The Towers Hiking

North of Rock Springs and southeast of Pinedale in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the 17 mile Cirque of the Towers loop provides dramatic vistas of 12,000 feet mountains and high altitude lakes. The Cirque of the Towers route from the NFS Big Sandy Campground and follows Big Sandy Trail for six miles through lodgepole pine forest to Big Sandy Lake. Then, it continues for two miles over 12,000-foot Jackass Pass, which crosses the Continental Divide. There is a nice place to camp along the North Fork of the Popo Agie River. Along the way, the Cirque of the Towers loop skirts snowfields, cliffs and white water in the Wind River Range. The goal is to reach the crystal clear shores of Lonesome Lake surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped cirque of 12,000 mountains including Lizards Head Peak. The jagged granite spires and peaks are truly spectacular. For those with a more adventurous spirit, there is a larger 50 mile route with over 77,000 feet of elevation gain along the way.

To reach the Cirque of the Towers loop trailhead from Pinedale, head south on US191 for 22 miles. Turn left heading east on Emigrant Trail for 8 miles. Veer right heading southeast on East Fork Big Sandy Road for 29 miles.

Wind River Range in Bridger-Teton NF (WY/US)

Wind River Range in Bridger-Teton NF (WY/US)

Wind River Range in Bridger-Teton NF (WY/US)

Wind River Range in Bridger-Teton NF (WY/US)


Local Contact(s):  Bridger Teton National Park (307) 367-4326; Wyoming Tourism (307) 777-7777.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Wind River Range" from Ron Adkison

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Big Sandy Campground

Luxury Loding:  Half Moon Lake Resort, Pinedale (307) 367-6373; Big Sandy Lodge (307) 332-6782

Breakfast Restaurant:  None

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Date Updated:  7/29/2016


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