I've long had a desire to visit the Green River Lakes and Square Top Mountain in Bridger-Teton Nat'l Forest. Just never have gotten around to it. Is it too early to drive into the campground at the lakes? I have a two wheel drive Ford Ranger pickup.
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Latest from the Great Outdoor Shop trailhead report (5/16):
"Green River Lakes is currently inaccessible. The road up to the Warm Springs has melted, but the choke in the road just past the springs drifts in with snow and is one of the last parts to melt enough to get a car through. Once that melts, expect snow in the Big Bend portion of the road."
Looks like it's melting fast. GOS Trail report from 5/22:
"Green River Lakes trailhead is accessible and the road is in good condition. Expect to be able to make it to the Clear Creek Natural Bridge, but not much past that. Around 5 miles of the Highline Trail is snow-free and hikeable, but don’t expect to make it far up the Porcupine Creek Trail before running into a raging creek and lots of drifted snow; the same goes for the trail up to Slide Lake."
Campground is still closed (Pinedale Online, 5/25). "will open sometime in June" Plenty of dispersed camping though.
At this melt rate I hope another bad drought/fire year isn't in store.
Post by absarokanaut on May 26, 2020 12:34:42 GMT -8
Well I can't do any better than Bill. Trekker Man lives in Pinedale and can probably update closer to arrival. I would think waiting to mid if not later June would be a good idea. Without 4WD be prepared to possibly have to wait a road drying out. IF the rocks are not bad rising out of the Green River think about driving Union Pass with a good forecast, one of the great back roads of the world. North end of it gives great views towards the Ranch up the Dunoir and Absaroka, and Wind River and Gros Ventre Range views are AWESOME. GREAT BOONDOCKING! Check with Pinedale RD of the BTNF and Wind River RD of the Shoshone, always a chance you might actually need 4WD up there. If roads are good Leeds Creek is wonderful. South of GR Lakes New Fork Canyon is incredible. Along with Swims With Trout Trekkerman can really give you best intel I know of on that side of the range. I'm friends with both on facebook if you have trouble contacting them. Don't forget your bugdope and Bearspray. Not sure what's open in Pinedale with COVID and Reverse Energy Crisis. I'm not going to the bar for a while but if you'd like to have a beverage on the River or anything let me know man. whatever you do have a blast Jer!
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