Popo Agie Wilderness. Shoshone National Forest.
Wind River Mountains.
The Popo Agie Wilderness at 102,000 acres is the smallest of the three national forest wilderness areas in the Wind River Range. It covers part of the SE corner of the massive range.
White the peaks are not quite as high as in the Bridger Wilderness on the west side of the range or the Fitzpatrick on the NE side, the Popo Agie contains the popular and eye-popping scenic Cirque of the Towers area.
Access to the trailheads is from the Louis Lake road and several spurs. It begins just west of Lander, goes up famous Sinks Canyon and makes a semi-loop to end near South Pass on Wyoming Highway 28. This road will against many objections soon be paved.
A second, less used entry road begins near Fort Washakie and climbs through the Wind River Indian Reservation and finally into the Shoshone National Forest for trailheads at or near Dickinson Park. There is no legal entry to the Reservation part of the range except by purchase of a $40 fishing license (for foot travel) or much more expensive guide service to use some reservation roads. This road, however, is a legal right-of-way.
Thunderstorm over the high peaks of the Popo Agie
Copyright Ralph Maughan. July 2003
Hobbs Peak just south of the Wind River Reservation in the Popo Agie Wilderness. Copyright Ralph Maughan. July 2003.
Mt. Chevo, a many summited mountain in the North Fork of the Popo Agie. Copyright Ralph Maughan. July 2993
Up the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie Canyon to the high peaks. Copyright Ralph Maughan. July 2003
Roaring Fork Mountain, a massive N-S ridge in the Popo Agie Wilderness
Copyright © Ralph Maughan. July 2003