Lower Green River Lake Loop

Wind River Range

A short day hike from the Green River Lakes Campground.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
9.7 km
Ascent
166 m
Descent
166 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
2.4 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
Lower Green River Lake Loop Map

Just 6 miles total, this easy day hike circumnavigates one of the Wind's many spectacular glacial lakes. In addition to an abundance of backcountry hikes in the area, canoeing, kayaking, and even paddleboarding are also popular on Lower Green River Lake. "A primitive carry-down boat launch is located at the lakeshore," according to Recreation.gov.

Description

According to Recreation.gov, "anglers fish for brook, cutthroat, rainbow, and mackinaw trout," while horseback riding is another activity enjoyed by many guests. "A trailhead parking area, horse corral and water trough are just outside of the campground," they continue. Additionally, the Clear Creek, Highline, and Porcupine Trails all spur off this loop at the southern end of the lake if you intend on planning a longer day hike, trail run, or overnight trip further into the Winds.

While there is a large unpaved trailhead, this hike is frequently chosen by those visiting the Green River Lakes Campground. According to recreation.gov, the campground is open from June 1st to September 7th, with peak dates after July 1st. Vault toilets and drinking water are available, but there is no electricity or hookups for RVs. A campground host is always present on-site, and the closest town is Pinedale, about 50 miles away—so be sure to top off your gas tank before heading out to this hike.

Source: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/233874

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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