Dickinson Park to Lizard Head Plateau - Backpacking & Camping

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This is a very strenuous hike, and exposed, with several river crossings. Regardless of the difficulties, every step is well worth the effort.

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Kyle Phillips

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Destination Distance From Downtown

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Difficulty

5 of 5 diamonds

It is a very strenuous hike, and exposed, with several river crossings that will be impossible in early season.

Time To Complete

4 days

Seasonality

Summer

With several river crossings, this route is impossible in the early season.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

Yes

Wind River Indian Reservation Tribal Fishing Permit required for access; call Wild Iris Mountain Sports at 307-332-4541 or email at wildiris@wildirisclimbing.com for more details.

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Intro

The Wind River Range (the "Winds") is contained within a 100 mile by 30 mile wilderness (road-less) area. Because of this road-less designation, many trails, such as this one, require a full day's hike to access. Very few places pack such a punch in one day.

The Loop Hike will take a solid 4 days for most people to accomplish, and enjoy the full experience. It is a very strenuous hike, and exposed, with several river crossings that will be impossible in early season. Regardless of the difficulties, every step is well worth the effort. 

What Makes It Great

Hike West on the Bear's Ears Trail to the Lizard Head Trail junction. For the full experience, and a full day, continue South on the Lizard Head Trail to the Bear Lakes trail, right at the base of Lizard Head Peak and the entrance to the renowned Cirque of the Towers; OR; instead of taking the Lizard Head Trail, stay on Bear's Ears Trail for a few more miles and camp near Valentine Lake or Ranger Park.   If you decide on the second option, make the Lizard Head Plateau your next day's priority.  It can't be missed!

After the Plateau, and a camp at Bear Lake, visit Lonesome Lake in the heart of the Cirque for your day hike.  Spend the next two days hiking North-east on the North Fork of the Popo Agie Trail.  This will bring you back to Dickinson Park, and home.

Consider adding another day to your agenda, and spend it in the Cirque.


Who is Going to Love It

 This is not a great introduction for the family in the Winds. The days tend to be long and the trail to Lizard Head is exposed, making this a dangerous place during thunderstorms, as there is no shelter.  Camping on the plateau is not recommended.  To make this a more family friendly and less strenuous experience, hire horse packers from the Diamond 4 Ranch to pack your equipment into the Ranger Park area, and day hike to the Lizard Head Plateau.  The horse packers will return at a designated time to pick up your equipment. 

Sometimes not carrying anything on your back, but some emergency equipment and water, can be a better (more comfortable) way to travel. Consider this as an option. 


Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Begin at the Dickinson Park Trailhead. This drive will take about 1.5 hours to accomplish, up a fairly bumpy road. Four-Wheel Drive recommended in early season.

Wind River Indian Reservation Tribal Fishing Permit required for access; call Wild Iris Mountain Sports at 307-332-4541 or email at wildiris@wildirisclimbing.com for more details.

Location

North Fork of the Popo Agie

North Fork public fishing access
Lander, WY, 82520
42.833014, -108.730673

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