|Lizardhead Mtn and the Cirque|
|Sheep Bridge over Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River|
The Sheep Bridge Trail heads north from Worthen Meadows Reservoir. It ends at the bridge that spans the middle fork of the Popo Agia River where it connects with the Middle Fork Trail. There it heads west towards Three Rivers Park, which makes a good lunch stop along the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie. Here we took the Pinto Park trail and camped one mile shy of Pinto Park at the junction of Pinto Park trail and Deep Creek lakes trail. We opted to camp there fearing there would be
|Pinto Park Lake|
no water on top at Pinto Park. Pinto Park lake was I nice side hike with a very good swimming hole to bath in. Our first day was about 9 miles and 7 hours of hiking. Living in low altitude, we thought it best to start slow and end fast if we had to.
|A view of Lizardhead Mtn. and the Cirque from Pinto Park|
|Lizardhead Moutain at Lizardhead Meadows|
|A look from Lizardhead Trail as we climb up to Windy Mtn.|
|On top of Windy Mtn with the summit of Lizardhead in the background.|
|Looking down toward Ranger Park in the valley from Windy Mtn.|
Day 4: Ranger Park to East Fork River on the Fremont Trail
|The gateway into a beautiful world|
|Buffalo Head Mtn near Ranger Park|
|Washakie Lake and Mtn in the background|
|Looking back toward Ranger Park on our way to Washakie Pass|
|I hiking couple just before a slip on the ice|
|Looking toward the East Fork River from camp|
|East Fork River|
|The high plains looking back at the Cirque|
|Heading towards Cross Lake on the Fremont Trail|
|Large porcupine that Pete almost stepped on|
|Lake Susan on the New Highline Trail|
|Camp just past Lake Susan|
We continued on in the "Badlands" and really had an unremarkable day hiking through what we both considered a mistake in trail choices. Navigation continued to be stressful and very difficult.
|The "Badlands". Bug and fire damage has made this section undesirable|
|But even in the Badlands there were many beautiful lakes|
Day 7: Barnes Lake to Island Lake
We were excited to be getting back into high country today. The hike from Barnes Lake was along a valley containing the Chain Lakes. It was a pleasant and wild area that continued to grow in beauty as we approached Pole Creek Lakes. The Pole Creek Lakes area was just magnificent. There were some large river crossings that forced us to put on the sandles , keeping our boots dry.
|Pole Creek Lakes area|
|One of several river crossings in the Pole Creek Lakes area|
|Looking toward Lester Pass and the snowpacked pass|
|Looking at Upper Seneca Lake and the Titcomb Basin area|
|Hazy moon over Lost Lake|
Day 8: Island Lake to Green River
I had looked at the maps closely the night before. We were running out of food and needed to get out in two days. They were going to be two long hard days of hiking of around 15 miles each. We headed toward Lower and Upper Jean Lake and the scenery was impressive. It is a steady climb which ends at around 11,200 feet on the north side of Upper Jean Lake. There the Highline Trail goes west toward Elbow Lake and you begin the decent toward Summit Lake and the Green River Valley.
|Lower Jean Lake|
|Upper Jean Lake|
|Summit Lake and the Green River Valley in the background|
|Storm approaching as we desend into the Green River Valley|
|Our camp on the Green River|
|Yes the Green River is green|
|Squaretop Moutain and the Green River|
|The end of a great trip|
Harmony House Mama Mia vegetable soup
Nature Valley oats and honey and oats and dark chocolate bars
Idahoan Powdered potatoes
Whole Powdered Milk mixed with powdered chocolate (1/1 ratio)
Instant oat meal
2.25 lbs Jeff's Beef Jerky
1 lb of Walnuts(shelled of course)
Drink mix for flavoring water
Premium saltine crackers
Backpackers Pantry Freeze/Dried Backpacker meals (Beef Stroganoff, Pad Thai, Granola and Blueberries)
Gear that worked:
Katadyn Base Camp gravity feed water filter was indispensible
Nemo 1p tent was awesome(it did have condensation on inside but manageable)
Soto mini regulator stove is the best(It took 2.5 larger isobutane canisters for 9 days)
Western Moutaineering Sycamore 25 degree sleeping bag was perfect
Asolo 500 series boot without GoreTex lining worked great but I would put in a good insert
Gregory Baltoro 70 backpack felt great on back but stitches busted on a couple of seams...bummer.
I would definately do the Old Highline Trail instead of the New and take the Fremont Trail and stay high in the mountains where it ends at Cook Lakes instead of going down toward Lake George and Horseshoe Lake on this section of the Old Highline Trail. The New Highline Trail is riddled with bug and fire damage and navigation is difficult and the trail was not maintained very well.
Go in September when you can enjoy the scenery without mosquitos in the ears and nose.
Most groups we met were hiking from North to South but we thought we were going the right direction from South to North because the sun was at our backs most of the time and made sight seeing much more pleasant. Also, the snow packed passes were always on the south side so we were always moving up the snow instead of down(which is more dangerous). The wind seemed to be at our backs most of the trip too, which made it nice.