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Hiking & Walking: Wyoming > Bridger-Teton National Forest > Pinedale Ranger District

Quick Facts

Lander Cutoff Scenic Drive

Length, One-way: 65 Miles (108.33 Kilometers) from Pinedale to Prospect Mountain
Usage: Moderate to Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle the last 35 miles are dirt road

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General Description

STARTING POINT: Downtown Pinedale

ENDING POINT: Emigrant Trail, by Prospect Mountain

ROAD CONDITIONS: The last 35 miles are dirt road. Drive with caution.

FACILITIES: You will pass through the town of Boulder. This will be your last chance to buy fuel, food, beverages, or use restrooms.

SPECIAL ATTRACTIONS: As you start out on Emigrant Trail, established in 1844, you will pass Big Sandy Historical Site. A stage and Pony Express station were located here in the 1860's along the main trail to Fort Bridger. As you continue, you will go over Buckskin Crossing and approach Prospect Mountain. Emigrant Trail was the Lander Cutoff of the Oregon Trail. Look for 150 year old wagon ruts left by the emigrants as they made their way west. You may still be able to spot cement markers designating the route of the Oregon Trail.

NATURAL SETTING: This scenic drive starts out in the sagebrush plains surrounding Pinedale. Most of the Emigrant Trail/Lander Cutoff is also surrounded by sagebrush. The trail offers some spectacular views of the Wind River Range, Fremont Butte and Prospect Mountain.

Directions from Pinedale: This route begins in town and starts south on Hwy. 191 to Hwy. 353 at Boulder. Follow Hwy. 353 east.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Boulder Lake and Big Sandy Campgrounds, as well as BLM campgrounds at Boulder Lake and Scab Creek can be accesses from this route.
ICON Fishing Lakes and streams along or near the route.
ICON Hiking & Walking This route accesses areas with trailheads.
ICON Horseback Riding This route accesses areas with trailheads.
ICON Hunting general area
ICON Scenic Driving Lander Cutoff Scenic Drive

Related Activities
Big Sandy Campground - This campground is located southeast of Pinedale and borders Big Sandy River. Drinking water and trash service are not available.

Big Sandy Trailhead - Big Sandy Trailhead is located about 60 miles southeast of Pinedale on the Big Sandy River. Several trails lead into the Bridger Wilderness.

Boulder Lake - This 1,800 acre lake is located east of Pinedale at an elevation of 7,290 feet. It offers fishing and boating.

Boulder Lake Campground - This campground, 25 miles southeast of Pinedale, is situated along Boulder Creek and borders Boulder Lake. It has 20 sites but no available drinking water.

Boulder Lake Trailhead - Boulder Lake Trailhead is located east of Pinedale, on the east end of Boulder Lake. Several trails lead into the Bridger Wilderness.

Little Sandy Trailhead - Little Sandy Trailhead is located southeast of Pinedale, with trails leading into the Bridger Wilderness.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pinedale Ranger District, 29 East Fremont Lake Road, P.O. Box 220 , Pinedale, WY, 82941, Phone: 307-367-4326


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