GANNETT PEAK (13,809′ or 4,209 m) is the highest point in Wyoming. To add to its list of “high points,” Gannett Peak is also the highest point in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem AND the highest peak/point in the Rocky Mountains outside of Colorado! Gannett is situated deep in the heart of the beautiful and rugged Wind River Range. Among mountaineers, this peak is known to be the most difficult summit of the 50 state’s high points, after Denali (Mt McKinley) and perhaps Montana’s highest point, Granite Peak. Much of this is owed to the fact that it is more than 20 miles from most trailheads.
Montana Alpine Guides (MAG) offers guided climbing trips on Gannett Peak from the Cold Springs trailhead by way of the Wind River Reservation. We choose this route because it is the most effortless and arguably the most beautiful approach to climb Gannett Peak. After all, we assume most climbers have two priorities; 1) to get to the summit of Gannett Peak, and 2) to enjoy the journey along the way! Stacking the odds in our favor can allow participants to take in more of this rugged landscape as we make the two-day approach to climb Gannett Peak via the easiest approach.
WHY CLIMB GANNETT PEAK via COLD SPRINGS opposed to Elkhart/Titcomb Basin?
Quite frankly, it’s easier, as it offers the shortest approach to climb Gannett Peak, the least amount of vertical gain and loss, and it is typically less crowded. Apart from the easier approach, the summit day from this approach is far smoother as it eliminates climbing up and over Bonnie Pass and subsequently going back up and over Bonnie Pass again after you summit. Apart from these perks, this route is also amazingly beautiful (see photos) and so no scenery is sacrificed by taking this route. Nonetheless, Gannett Peak is still a massive mountain that demands much respect no matter which way you approach the climb. There is a $370/participant cost to the Wind River Reservation. However, if you access Gannett Peak any other way you will need at least one more day, in which guide fees apply (~$500-$800/day) and the cost for mules and a handler.
What our clients say about us
“Everything about our Gannett Peak climb with MAG was first class, from the initial trip planning to our return to Crowheart. Our guide (Ty) put us at ease with his knowledge and safety consciousness, no small issue given the remoteness and ruggedness of the terrain, which included unusually heavy snow cover during our early July ascent. The food was fresh, varied, and well prepared – not at all like the freeze dried backpacking food we were expecting. Finally, the Cold Springs trail that MAG uses is both stunningly beautiful and uncrowded. We saw perhaps a dozen other climbers during our five day trip. All in all, it was a truly rewarding experience.”
“Aki did a great job of guiding my brother and me to the summit of Gannett Peak. He was patient and showed mastery of the skills needed to make the trek and climb safe. I was also impresses with Aki’s skills as a woodsman since trails and campsites would not have been evident to me if I were trekking alone.”