Backpacking in the Bighorn Mts. of Wyoming

ronf_gwDecember 8, 2007

Each July I take my sons on a week long backpacking trip to the Bighorns in Wyoming.

The rivers are ice cold but, that numbs your feet so the sharp rocks don't hurt as much.

Quality time.

An alpine lake.

Shoot, I dropped my beef jerky.

Ron

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minrose

love these, please share more!

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 3:15PM
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minrose

Oh these were the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming, I love them! I have driven through them 3 times but never had the time to hike in them. Where is this at in the Bighorns? My sister and I stopped and had a picnic at a stop but did not hike anywhere. I would really love to see more of your photos, do you have a page somewhere. Bighorn Mts. are one of my favs. Makes me want to go find my pics and look through them again.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 3:40PM
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ronf_gw

Thank you, minrose.
If you go to Photobucket and search toastie2313 you should reach my albums. In there will be pics from trips in '05 and'07 plus misc. other "stuff". All of these were taken from in the Cloud Peak wilderness area. It is our favorite hiking destination. As beautiful as Yellowstone or the tetons but without the crowds.
Ron

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 4:37PM
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rcnaylor

How wonderful Ron. Really appreciate you sharing.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 6:25PM
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kentuck_8b

Beautiful! I could spend forever walking through those mountains and never get tired of being there.

If that was me who dropped the jerky, I'd be climbing down after it. I like jerky, and I like climbing, or in this case, unclimbing, but whatever the case, I wouldn't want to go hungry.

Kt

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 10:51PM
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trailrunnerbiker

Oh those are wonderful...and the times you have shared with your children...priceless...there is no greater gift..thank you. c

    Bookmark   December 8, 2007 at 11:35PM
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minrose

Ron,
I went to your photobucket pages, thanks so much for sharing, they are all wonderful. Someday if I ever go back to the BigHorn Mountains I want to do some hiking. They are my favorite mountains, I have seen The Grand Tetons, Yellowstones and Mount Hood in Oregon.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2007 at 9:30AM
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ronf_gw

Thank you all,
Ron

    Bookmark   December 9, 2007 at 3:35PM
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kentuck_8b

I am interested to know how those lakes were formed. Seems they are set deep in the mountain, at least from what I see in the photo.

Too high to be glacier-dug and not erosion formed, so maybe formed by a volcano?

Kt

    Bookmark   December 9, 2007 at 8:45PM
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ronf_gw

I'm no geologist but, I'm guessing glacial. The higher peaks are very sculptured. Then the occasional glacial debris blocks off the valley to form a lake. One high valley we really like has 11 lakes. Each one stepping down from the last. It makes for some spectacular waterfalls in places. When we were there in 2005 the snow pack had been more than usual, then we hit a very warm week (for that elevation, 10,000+ feet) and the river was very high with melt water.

In this 2nd photo if you look closely you can see my youngest son in the upper left of the picture. The roar from the falls is unbelieveable.

Ron

    Bookmark   December 9, 2007 at 9:00PM
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kentuck_8b

WOW!!size> Now that's beautiful!

I have got to go there one of these days. Don't be surprised if you come walking up on me next year!

Thanks for posting, and do you have any more, if I may ask?

Kt

    Bookmark   December 9, 2007 at 9:20PM
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ronf_gw

Thanks, kt.
I have to say I've done a fair amount of traveling and the Bighorns are my favorite destination. More pictures? I've been there in '05, '06 and '07 and have about 150 pictures from each trip. Not all are uploaded to a web sharing site but I'll see what I can do.
Ron

    Bookmark   December 10, 2007 at 9:19AM
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minrose

Thanks Ron for sharing more and feel free to share even more, I just love em all. Some of photos, make it look like some of the hiking can be a little rough or scarey, it that so? I am not really much of a hiker but I am really considering trying it someday after seeing your gorgeous photos of the Big Horns. I got to find my photos that I took of them.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2007 at 8:41AM
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ronf_gw

minrose,
Yes, there are places where it gets kind of rough. The best (read most remote) places we go don't have trails to them. We have very good topographical maps and are very aware of where we are and where were going. But, without trails we end up scrambling over and around boulders that can be the size of an SUV. It can be slow going. It is also best to be very aware of your physical limitations. If a route looks to dangerous, look for another way.
Thanks for looking,
Ron

    Bookmark   December 12, 2007 at 9:22AM
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