Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
8,432.00 ft (2,570.07 m)
Trail type
48.80 mi (78.54 km)
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The Glacier Trail is an epic hike that leads to the base of remote 13,804 ft Gannett Peak, the highest mountain in Wyoming. While the trail is often used by climbers planning to summit the mountain, it also makes a great backpacking trip for anyone looking to see the infamous mountain for themselves. The trail passes some wonderful scenery including alpine lakes, and finishes by following Dinwoody Creek up through a breathtaking basin.

You’ll begin from the Trail Lake Trailhead. The next few miles are some of the steepest of the entire hike as you work your way up through Bomber Basin and eventually to Glacier Trail Pass. Enjoy the views form the pass, then descend.

A few nice lakes come next, including large and lovely Double Lake. You’ll descend as you walk near Honeymoon Lake and eventually arrive down at Dinwoody Creek.

The Glacier Trail then follows the creek upstream. You’ll have to cross Downs Fork. You can either ford this fast flowing and strong stream, or hike just over half a mile upstream to a footbridge. The footbridge is of course the safest option, but it will add at least 20 minutes of hiking.

You’ll then resume following Dinwoody Creek upstream. Things only get more incredible as you continue. Big Meadows is stunning, and you’ll soon get views of impressive Gannett Peak looming in the distance.

The valley narrows with an impressive wall of mountains on your left as you hike onward. Eventually the Glacier Trail comes to an end as it peters out into a massive talus field. Gannett is hidden at this point, but you won’t be disappointed with the views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

There are some climber camps in this area, flat spots amongst the talus with small rock walls built for wind protection. But if the weather is bad, you’ll want to retreat back down the valley to some more protected campsites.

After you’ve explored the area, return back the way you came.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Scenic trail. Lakes. Beautiful Dinwoody Creek Basin. Gannett Peak views. Good camping.

Trailhead Elevation

7,598.00 ft (2,315.87 m)

Highest point

10,888.00 ft (3,318.66 m)


Near lake or river
Backcountry camping
Family friendly
Big vistas
Bird watching

Typically multi-day


Suitable for


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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