Holwicks in the Wind River Wilderness, Wyoming, 2003
|The frontpiece of the Rand McNally World Atlas has an
incredible picture of a mountain lake surrounded by tall peaks. The
place is called the Cirque of the Towers and I decided I would have to
hike there someday.
In August 2003 we made the long trek out west and made this hike the focus of our vacation. It was everything I had hoped for, but a lot harder.
Here is a pictorial of our experiences in Wyoming and Oregon.
|The Big Sandy Trailhead is farther than you think.
Lots farther. After endless miles of dirt roads it began to get
dark. Finally we noticed cars parked across a stream. Not the
trailhead. We kept going until we came to a multitude of vehicles
parked on the side of the road. This was the trailhead. It was
a typical Forest Service camping area and just about filled up.|
The next morning we put on our backpacks and headed to Big Sandy Lake. It is a beautiful lake and an easy hike. Several young families were camped along the shores. Our girls sunned themselves on the 20-foot-long beach and then we headed up Jackass Pass.