Fremont Peak - Backpack and Hike near Pinedale, Wyoming
Forest Road 740, Pinedale, WY 82941, USA,Pinedale,Wyoming
43.00414073544946, -109.75170143702826
11.0 miles NE of Pinedale, Wyoming
Address: Forest Road 740, Pinedale, WY 82941, USA
GPS: 43°0'14.9"N 109°45'6.1"W
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State: Wyoming
Trails/Routes: 16.7 mi

Backpack and Hike

Fremont Peak is the third highest peak in Wyoming and straddles the boundary between Fremont and Sublette counties. It is named for American explorer John C. Fremont who climbed the peak with Charles Preuss and Johnny Janisse on August 13 to August 15, 1842. Kit Carson had been with the climbing party on its first attempt at the peak, but had gone back for supplies the day Fremont and his men reached the summit. Carson is thought by some to have been the first to climb neighboring Jackson Peak. At that time, Fremont Peak was mistakenly thought to be the highest mountain in the Rocky Mountains, although there are actually over 100 higher peaks in the range. The peak is located on the Continental Divide and is the second highest peak in the remote Wind River Range after Gannett Peak. The east flank of the peak is in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness of Shoshone National Forest, while the west side is in the Bridger Wilderness of Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Upper Fremont Glacier is located on the north slopes of the mountain. Upper Fremont Glacier on the north slope of Fremont Peak Due to the remote location and difficult ascent, most mountain climbers spend a total of three to five days hiking up to the mountain, climbing to the summit and then later hiking back to their starting point.Courtesy of
The commonly used entrance, particularly if this is the only peak on the agenda, is the trailhead at Elkhart Park. The paved Fremont Lake road goes east from the south edge of Pinedale heading 14 miles to a parking lot at the trailhead. A combination of the Pole Creek, Seneca Lake, Indian Basin and Titcomb trails lead 14 miles into a base in either Titcomb or Indian Basins. Most parties take two days for the approach if backpacking.Courtesy of

Elevation: 13,751 feet (4,191 m)

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Pinedale, Wyoming

  1. Head west toward N Franklin Ave (112 ft)
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto N Franklin Ave (0.1 mi)
  3. Turn left at the 2nd cross street onto W Pine St
    Pass by Wells Fargo Bank (on the left)
    (0.4 mi)
  4. Turn left onto Fremont Lake Rd (3.0 mi)
  5. Continue onto Skyline Dr
    Destination will be on the right
    (11.4 mi)
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Island Lake With Mountains And Lake In Wyoming1 courtesy of Good Free Photos Island Lake With Mountains And Lake In Wyoming1 courtesy of Good Free Photos↗
Upper Fremont Glacier courtesy of MONGO Upper Fremont Glacier courtesy of MONGO↗ Fremont Peak at center from near Island Lake courtesy of Fredlyfish4 Fremont Peak at center from near Island Lake courtesy of Fredlyfish4↗ Fremont Peak, WY by Fan Wang Backpacking the Sky Pilot Loop & climbing Fremont  by Mksandel Fremont Peak Trip by Gangsterfoot Fremont Peak, August 15, 2012 by SMB


Distance ?

16.7 miles

Elevation Gain ?

4,363 feet

Real Ascent ?

6,443 feet

Real Descent ?

2,080 feet

Avg Grade (3°)


Grade (-39° to 45°)

-82% to 100%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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