Sunday, July 22, 2012

Big Sandy Campground

Big Sandy Campground and the Wind River Range:
Big Sandy, also known as Big Sandy Entrance and Big Sandy Trailhead, it is the most popular trailhead of the southern Wind River Range. The reason for this, is because it is the easiest access point to the Cirque of the Towers and Big Sandy Lake is an easy hike for day hikers, backpackers, and fishermen. In the summer expect the parking lot to be full, crowds on the trail, and crowds at Big Sandy Campground.

Closest City:
Pinedale, WY

Driving Directions:
There is no easy way to get to the trailhead, and the drive can be daunting for the directionally impaired. If coming from the north Pinedale, Wyoming, drive 11 miles south on U.S. 191 to Boulder. From Boulder drive approximately 18 miles southeast on highway 353 on a paved road. Upon reaching a junction, shortly after the pavement ends, bear left for 2.9 miles. At 2.9 miles bear right. After 6 miles you will come to a signed intersection. Turn left (east) following the sign to Big Sandy. After 7.5 miles you will find another signed intersection where you turn left to Big Sandy. This winding road is steeper and rockier but is still fairly good. Follow this road and signs for 10.5 miles until reaching Big Sandy Campground and trailhead.Not RV friendly.

If coming from south Rock Springs, Wyoming drive north on U.S. 191 to the town of Farson. 2 miles east of Farson on highway 28, there is a sign to Big Sandy. Turn left and drive 40 miles of dirt road to the intersection described above, continue to follow above directions.

Amenities: 
Tables
Grills
RV pull through
Toilets

Fees/ Reservations:
No fees, permits or reservations are required to hike or camp in the area.
Camping is available for $8 a night
Maximum stay (days)- 10

Elevation:
Campground- 9080'

Water
No- The only water is available from rivers and lakes, filter or treat your water before drinking.

Seasons:
Open seasonal- June 15 through October 15

Trails:
Hiking in the Wind River Range

Dads Lake- 6 miles
Big Sandy Lake- 6 miles
Cross Lake- 15 miles
Little Sandy Lake- 20 miles
North Fork Lake- 24 miles


Operated By:
Bridger Teton National Forest
Pinedale Ranger District
29 East Fremont Lake Road
PO Box 220
Pinedale, WY, 82941
(307) 367-4326

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