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Gannett Peak
Elevation: 13,804 feet
Mileage: 40 miles
Vertical Gain: 9,000 feet
Route: Titcomb Basin and Bonney Pass

July 10 - 14th, 2004

Gannett Peak is the highest mountain in the Wind River Range and also Wyoming, topping the Grand Teton by 34 feet. Gannett Peak is also ranked 2nd hardest of the U.S. 50 Highpoints behind Denali. Gannett Peak is a secluded giant, not easily seen from any road. When looking at the Wind Rivers from the west, Gannett Peak hides behind its lofty neighbors, most of them are Wyoming 13ers as well. The Wind Rivers are my favorite mountains, and most people that have spent anytime in the Winds are charmed by these reclusive giants. I've been wanting to climb Gannett Peak for 3 years now and the time had finally arrived.
Amy and I left Boulder Thursday afternoon heading for Rock Springs to stay a night with my parents. On Friday we headed to Pinedale and got our gear finalized since we would be meeting Neil early Saturday morning at the trailhead. While driving up HWY 191, Gannett Peak can be seen from several angles if you know what you are looking for. Gannett Peak can also be climbed from the east near Dubios, avoiding Bonney Pass, but you miss out on Titcomb Basin. Titcomb Basin is a must-see and I highly recommend the Elkhart Park approach.

Be sure to check out my slideshow below after you read the trip report:

Climbing Gannett Peak


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