Many of us who love to hike also love to summit mountains. Our motto is: Good views come to those who hike uphill!
It’s the lure of wanting to see what’s on the other side, and the abundance of rugged mountain ranges in the Yellowstone region that beckon hikers to climb here.
Some of the best mountains to climb in Wyoming can be found in the Teton, Wind River and Big Horn ranges.
Lander, Jackson and Sheridan are great places to base out of before heading into the backcountry to climb mountains like Gannett Peak, Lizard Head, Pingora, Wind River Peak, the Grand Teton and Cloud Peak.
Hike around Lander, Wyoming, and you’ll have 40 peaks that top 13,000 feet to choose from, not to mention the hundreds of peaks at lower elevations.
If you’re an inexperienced climber, or want help expanding your skill set and reaching the next level, contact a professional mountain guiding company and arrange a guided trip.
If you prefer ascending mountains at a faster pace, enter the Absaroka Mountain Challenge Race in Meeteetse, Wyoming. Held on Labor Day weekend, it has been chosen to be a part of the Trail Runner magazine’s Trophy Series.
Colorado is home to 53 peaks above 14,000 feet, more than any other state. The “14ers” provide visitors with adventurous hiking opportunities, spectacular scenery, and a chance to connect with nature. Those looking for a distinctive experience can enjoy the beauty of Colorado’s many gorges and canyons on foot, by bike or by raft.
To get outfitted for a mountain- climbing trip, stop in at Sierra Trading Post in Cody or Cheyenne.