I have visited the Wind Rivers many times, and have repeated trips to both Island Lake/Titcomb Basin and Cirque of the Towers. Both are amazing. My last visit found me venturing to the east side of the mountains and investigating the Cook Lake area as well. Though I did some quick exploring, I certainly can describe my visit as incomplete at best.
My favorite area is of course Cirque of the Towers. This is a popular rock climbing area for obvious reasons, and attracts serious climbers from all over the world. Only the big walls of Yosemite rival it for sport climbing in North America.
But its about more than rock climbing - it's about beautiful rock spires in a grandiose setting. It's a place where one can spend many days and never tire of the surroundings, whether exploring the many side trips available to the motivated hiker, or simply enjoying the inebriation one falls victim to within the supreme setting of the cirque itself.
Another favorite of mine is Island Lake and Titcomb Basin, approached from the Elkhart Entrance near Pinedale. This is a fantastic destination with a lot of exploration available - whether it's wandering up toward Dinwoody Pass, exploring neighboring Indian Basin (recommended), scrambling up Fremont Peak (third highest peak in Wyoming), or maybe experiencing the many lakes along the Highline Trail. Of course, there is always staying put and enjoying the reflections in Island Lake as well! As with Cirque of the Towers, I recommend multiple days to enjoy this area. Anything less than 4-5 days is cheating yourself of the experience!
I've included many images from the area in my new Wind River Gallery and hope you will find time to visit, if only a moment. Maybe it will motivate you to visit the area for yourself. Or possibly it will tug at your curiosity to investigate other, more creative options. Or just maybe, you will simply find an image that touches you in a special way.
As always, thank you for your interest in my photography and taking the time to read my blog.
Next up? Quite possibly Grand Teton NP. Check back!