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I'm traveling to the Wind Rivers for a trip beginning Sept. 4. I've learned a lot from lurking here. Appreciate your sharing information.

Route: EPTH, Seneca Lake, Highline Trail, Shannon Pass, Peak Lake, Knapsack Col, Titcomb Basin, return.

A few specific questions...

How potable is the water in high glacial lakes in the Winds, Peak Lake for example? Too silty or good to consume with purification? I use tablets.

Any recent reports on Knapsack Col conditions is greatly appreciated.

Last year we dodged a bullet with some rain clearing out smoke in the Tetons from Idaho fires just before our trip. How are the fires to the west affecting the view/air in the Winds? Any rain forecasted?

Popular question I know, but give me your vote: bear vault or hang?...considering my route and treeline etc.

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Hi dostoros,

I'm heading to that exact area this weekend for ten days.  I'll try to report back when I return on labor day.

We are using bear canisters.  Weight is a bummer but they are just so convenient.

Someone posted a recent trip report on backpackinglight dot com (trip reports section).  He said knapsack col is clear except for an easily avoidable section on Titcomb side.  We are considering it, weather and knees permitting.  If we go over, I'll be sure to report back.
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Smoke has been present but not overbearing in Jackson Hole in recent days. I believe more of huge Idaho fires' smoke is filtering in North of Mt. Moran and across Yellowstone. I had good conditions Monday for dayhike of Cliff Creek Falls in Hoback.

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Got back from a 2 week trip through the central Winds last Saturday. Conditions were good although the last couple of days were severely restricted by smoke. Haze had really settled into the high valleys. Water levels were way down as it was a light snow year. You shouldn't have any issues going over Knapsack. Just expect lots of talus and scree. Even on the Titcomb side, you should be able to avoid Twins Glacier and just make a descent on rock. Water quality is outstanding on that route. There will be plenty of clear lakes and streams to purify. Titcomb Lakes will be the siltiest. If you don't want to use that water, try the outlet stream from Mistake Lake, that will be clear. Finally we used Bear Vaults. Once above treeline, it's just easier in my opinion. Some of those basin are large and you might have to walk a ways to find a decent cliff face to hang.

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Appreciate the intel. We should be fine weight wise in our packs so I believe we'll do as you suggest offtrail and take the bear vaults. Not having been there, it just seems practical. Plan to be on the trail 9/3. If you see me and my red Gregory pack say hi.

Again, appreciate all the information you share.
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If you have never been to the Winds one of the amazing things you will notice immediately is how much water there is there.

You won't have any problem finding potable water, especially at high elevations.

I have used tablets exclusively for about 15 years in the Winds and never had any issues.

FWIW I have never even known anybody personally who has, although somebody here might chime in on this.
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We've been getting rain again, no smoke for a while.

With all due respect to others I don't think you should cheemically treat water for more than a day or two. IMO Filters or steripens are the way to go longer term. I have some tablets in my first aid kit for emergencies.


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Great trip, we did it last year. You won't find any better info than right here!
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This is my first time in the Winds...and really looking forward to getting out there. Especially because its the Winds, but candidly, with all the stresses of modern life, I would be happy to be anywhere "out there" right now.

I too have never used anything but tablets and I'm very experienced in the Blue Ridge and Smokies. No problems there. But DC, I'll consider buying a Steri if I can find one at a good price before the trip. I just don't want the pumper and filters etc.
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If you have a group you might consider a bag filter that uses gravity, not muscle.

Pumps become second nature and no problem in short order IMO.

Have an awesome trip.


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