Meet at Two Rivers Fishing Co. to sort gear, fill out paperwork, etc. at 7 am.
The trailhead is seldom-used so it can be a rough and slow drive, but it does give a striking contrast of desert landscape and the Wind River Range, while also offering a lot of opportunities for wildlife viewing. A short, two-mile hike to camp can take up to two hours, but there are many opportunities for shed-hunting and detours, to make the hike last longer. Once at camp, lunch will be provided. Folks are asked to set up their tents and personal gear before exploring the surrounding area. Should you wish your guide to accompany you on your exploration, please specify upon booking. Dinner at 6 pm, unless other arrangements are made.
Coffee will be on at 6 am and breakfast served around 7. This full day is dedicated to whatever the clients would prefer, either reading a book while relaxing in the shade of a tree, bird-watching, exploring the surrounding area, shed hunting, or taking the llamas for a day hike. Fishing is not available on this trip. If you plan on heading away from camp, lunch can be ready early for packing. Dinner again at 6 pm, unless other arrangements are made.
Coffee will be on at 6 am and breakfast served around 7. All gear is required to be packed and ready before you head off for any last-minute adventuring. The group should reconvene around 3 pm to head back toward the trailhead.
General Trail and Backcountry Etiquette
There are general rules of trail etiquette that help maintain order, respect on the trail, and also help to prevent any injuries to animals or people. Our guides expect clients to obey these general rules and practice safe backcountry ethics at all times.
Llamas are more mobile, smaller pack animals, so when coming across a horse on the trail it is important to identify yourself and the llama and move off the trail to a lower patch of ground. While llama strings yield to horses, backpackers should yield to llamas. Basically, when two groups encounter on the trail, the larger of the two has the right-of-way.
Always ask before you approach or pet a pack animal, and use a calm, quiet demeanor around them. Dogs are wonderful companions to have in the backcountry, but when ill-behaved they can cause a lot of problems or injuries. Dogs should be kept on a reasonable-length leash and pulled in close when approaching llamas or horses, because even the best-trained animals can get excited when new animals are approaching.
We practice Leave No Trace ethics in all backcountry travel. Our clients are expected to do the same, so read up on ways to minimize your impact on the backcountry before your trip. Remember, if you pack it in you must pack it out. Guess what? Everybody poops and nobody wants to see yours. Bury it. Remember that we are guests of the Forest. We are granted access by a permit from the United States Forest Service and future trips depend on you. Please be respectful of each other and of the area. Rules and regulations exist for a reason, whether you find them valid or not.
The entire Wind River Range is home to both grizzly and black bears. Although an encounter is unlikely, consider carrying bear spray and know how to use it. Take extra precautions with your food-please don’t litter or leave food behind. No food or anything scented will be allowed in your tent (not even chapstick or sunscreen). Don’t feed any animals, even chipmunks. This protects both you and the animals in the area. Safety should be a group’s first priority-respect safe distances while in the presence of all animals.
Remember, we do not receive special or privileged use of the trails as a guided group. We are still required to abide by all trail rules. Please be polite to other trail users. If you have a question about trail or backcountry etiquette, please ask.