Gros Ventre Road - East of Slide Lake

Gros Ventre & Wyoming Ranges

4.5mi

Access via: Gros Ventre Road - East of Slide Lake

Fee: $0.00


From the parking lot on the Gros Ventre Road, enter the trail after walking around a “closed Road” gate, onto a snow covered, snow mobile track. The ski 9 and snowmobile) track follows the graded road east-southeast deep into the Gros Ventre Range, following the Gros Ventre River Valley. The snowmobile trail rises and falls gently, with a progressive climb, past many of the historic ranches up the Valley, including Goose Wing Ranch, Red Rocks Ranch. The Bridger Teton National Forest service helps to maintain this track, and one can go 15 miles + beyond the last ranch, following the river, out to Bacon Ridge. This extended distance is not likely to be feasible for the day skier, but the possibility to extend into an overnight is there.

The trail is packed by the periodic snowmobile tours, and while these are operated through out the winter, we only saw 2 small groups who pass by quickly, leaving you in the quiet and vastness of this striking valley. At approx. 3 miles after leaving the gate, one arrives to get a view of Red Rocks, often dusted in snow. Beyond Red Rocks is Crystal Creek, where the road drops down to the river level , and crosses a bridge. 200 yards beyond the bridge are the summer campgrounds, Red Hills and Crystal Creek ( north side of road). Continue out for as long as you have time and stamina. Return via the same route.

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