Bridger Wilderness Trailheads

Registration boxes are located at each trailhead.  Please take a moment to register your group.  The Forest Service uses the information you provide to determine use patterns, demographic information and overall use.

 

 

Miles from Pinedale

Elevation

Access Road Maintained For Passenger Cars

Access Road Condition

Corrals Available

Drinking Water Available

Toilet Available

Campground Adjacent

Green River Lakes

52

8040

Yes

Fair/Rough

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

New Fork Lake

24

7895

Yes

Fair

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Spring Creek Park

15

8440

No

Rough

No

No

No

No

Elkhart Park

16

9380

Yes

Paved

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Meadow Lake

22

7920

No

Rough

No

No

No

No

Boulder Creek

25

7300

Yes

Fair

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Scab Creek

24

7870

Yes

Fair

Yes

No

No

Yes

Big Sandy

54

9100

Yes

Rough

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Sweetwater River

70

8880

No

Rough

No

No

No

No

 

Green River Lakes

The northernmost of the Bridger Wilderness trailheads is located just off the northwest shore of Lower Green River Lake.  It offers two large parking areas for backpackers and equestrians, corrals, potable water and toilet facilities.  The trailhead is adjacent to the Green River Lakes Campground.  Access is provided to the Highline Trail, which is part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, the Clear Creek Trail, Roaring Fork Trail and Porcupine Creek Trail.  To reach the trailhead from Pinedale, drive 7 miles west on US Highway 191, turn right (north) on Wyoming Highway 352 and drive north to the National Forest boundary where the pavement ends (about 30 miles).  Continue north on Forest Road 600, staying on the right side of the river.  After 17 miles the road terminates at the campground and trailhead.

 

New Fork Lake

Located on the north east shore of Lower New Fork Lake, this trailhead offers a moderate size parking area, corrals and potable water.  It is located adjacent to the Narrows Campground.  Access is provided to the New Fork Canyon Trail and the Doubletop Moutntain Trail.  To reach the trailhead from Pinedale, drive 7 miles west on US Highway 191, turn right (north) on Wyoming Highway 352 and drive north 16 miles to where the New Fork Lake Road turns off to the right (east).  Drive 3 miles on the New Fork Lake Road to the National Forest boundary.  Continue on the main road, crossing New Fork Lakes outlet, and in 2 miles arrive at the trailhead.

 

Spring Creek Park

Located about 1 mile south of the upper end of Willow Lake, this trailhead offers a large parking area and one corral.  There are no toilet facilities, potable water or adjacent campground.  Access is provided to the Glimpse Lake Trail, Pine Creek Canyon Trail and Snake Lake Trail.  The last four miles of road to the trailhead is rough and requires a high clearance vehicle.  To reach the trailhead from Pinedale, drive to the west side of town and turn north on Jackson Street, which soon leaves the city limit becoming a county road.  Continue driving north, staying straight, passing Soda Lake to your right.  Approximately 10 miles from Pinedale the National Forest boundary is reached.  Immediately after the boundary, bear right at the junction and continue four miles to the trailhead.

 

Elkhart Park

Located about 1 mile south and high above the upper end of Fremont Lake, this trailhead offers two large parking areas, corrals, potable water, toilet facilities and a visitor information center.  The trailhead is adjacent to the Trails End Campground.  Access is provided to the Pole Creek Trail, Seneca Lake Trail, Sweeney Lake Trail and the Pine Creek Canyon Trail (not recommended for stock).  To reach the trailhead from Pinedale, drive to the east side of town and turn northeast onto the Fremont Lake road, passing the Pinedale Ranger District Office.  Continue straight on the main road, avoid turning on to the Fremont Lake campground road, passing the National Forest boundary in about 4 miles.  The road passes Halfmoon Lake and White Pine Ski Area before arriving at the trailhead, 16 miles from Pinedale. 

 

Meadow Lake

Located just off the east shore of Meadow Lake, this trailhead is more primitive and has no facilities and is not adjacent to a campground.  It offers access to the Timico Lake Trail.  To reach the trailhead from Pinedale, drive south on US Highway 191 11 miles.  Just before the Boulder Cemetery road turn left (east) on the Burnt Lake Road.  Continue on this rough road, bearing left at the junction with the Boulder Lake Dam road.  About 10 miles from the highway you will reach the National Forest Boundary.  At the junction following, turn left (north), cross Fall Creek and drive to Forest Road 766A.  Turn on 766A, the parking area is immediately to your left and the trail begins just down the road off to the right.

 

Boulder Creek

Located above the inlet on the east side of Boulder Lake, this trailhead offers separate parking areas for backpackers and equestrians, corrals, and toilet facilities.  The trailhead is adjacent to the Boulder Lake Campground.  Access is provided to the Boulder Canyon Trail and the Blueberry Lake Trail.  To reach the trailhead from Pinedale, drive south on US Highway 191 to the town of Boulder.  Turn east onto Wyoming Highway 353 and drive just over two miles and turn left (north) onto the Boulder Lake road.  Continue on this road for 10 miles, bearing right at the junction with the Boulder Lake dam road, to the trailhead and campground area.

 

Scab Creek

Nestled in the foothills of the south-central Wind Rivers, this trailhead offers separate parking areas for backpackers and equestrians, corrals and toilet facilities.  It is located adjacent to the Scab Creek campground, which along with the trailhead are administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  To access the trailhead  Access is provided to the Lowline Trail and Sage Basin Trail.  To reach the trailhead from Pinedale, drive south on US Highway 191 twelve miles to the town of Boulder.  Turn east on Wyoming Highway 353 and continue seven miles to the Scab Creek Road, just pass an Air Force research station.  Turn left (north) onto this road, bear left at the fork, and continue about 10 miles to the trailhead and campground.

 

Big Sandy

Located in the southern Wind Rivers next to the Big Sandy River, this trailhead offers two separate parking areas for backpacker and equestrians, corrals and toilet facilities.  It is adjacent to the Big Sandy Campground.  Access is provided to the Highline Trail, Fremont Trail (which is part of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail), and Lowline Trail.  To reach the trailhead from Pinedale, drive south on US Highway 191 for 12 miles.  At the town of Boulder turn left on Wyoming Highway 353 and drive 18 miles to the end of  the pavement.  Shorty after the pavement ends, go straight through the junction, and drive south crossing the Big Sandy River (Buckskin Crossing Historical Marker).  At next junction after the crossing, turn left (east) and drive 7 miles to another junction.  Turn left and drive to National Forest boundary, passing the Dutch Joe Guard Station.  Turn right at junction with Big Sandy Lodge Road and continue a short distance to the Big Sandy Campground and trailhead.  This trailhead is remote, so be sure to have a full tank of gas.

 

Sweetwater River

The southernmost of Bridger Wilderness trailheads, this trailhead is more primitive and has no facilities and is not adjacent to a campground.  It offers access to the Sweetwater Gap Trail and the Little Sandy Trail.  To reach the trailhead from Pinedale, drive south on US Highway 191 for 12 miles.  At the town of Boulder turn left on Wyoming Highway 353 and drive 18 miles to the end of  the pavement.  Shorty after the pavement ends, go straight through the junction, and drive south crossing the Big Sandy River (Buckskin Crossing Historical Marker).  At next junction after the crossing, bear right and continue on main road bearing left at next junction.  Turn left (east) at following junction (singed for White Acorn and Sweetwater Gap Ranches), and drive7 miles.  Bear left at next junction and shortly arrive at Sweetwater Campground.  Go left and left again on Forest Road 890, which is rough.  The road ends at the trailhead.  This trailhead is remote, so be sure to have a full tank of gas.