Gannett Peak from Bonney Pass (was Dinwoody Pass). Photo by David Kiene. Click on the photo for a chance to vote on it.
To use the south approach from Pinedale, drive US Highway 191 southbound from Jackson, Wyoming to Pinedale. From Rock Springs, Wyoming on Interstate 80, drive northbound on Highway 191 to Pinedale. At the east end of Pinedale where Highway 191 bears south, proceed east then immediately north on Fremont Lake Road, which soon becomes Forest Road 101. Continue 14.3 miles to a large parking area and the trailhead for the Pole Creek Trail, just beyond the Elkhart Park Ranger Station.
Even though Gannett Peak and the approach trails are within the Bridger Wilderness, no wilderness permit is required.
When To Climb
The best time of year to climb Gannett Peak is June through September, with optimal conditions occurring in July and August.
Camping is permitted within the Bridger and Fitzpatrick Wildernesses.
For current conditions for the south approach to Gannett, contact the Pinedale Ranger District, Bridger-Teton National Forest, PO Box 220, 29 E. Fremont Lake Road, Pinedale, WY 92941, 307-367-4326.
If you're approaching Gannett from the northeast (via Glacier Trail), the ranger station in Dubois, WY is the place to call for current info.: 307-455-2466
(Contributed by Alpinist)
Henry Gannett (1846-1914)
Both Gannett Peak, the highest peak in Wyoming, and Mount Gannett in Alaska were named after Henry Gannett.
Henry Gannett was an early pioneer of geography and topography in the United States. He became the Chief Geographer of the US Geological Survey in 1882, just 3 years after its creation.
Gannett was also a member of the US Board on Geographic Names from its inception in 1890. He served as chairman from 1894 until his death in 1914. He played a major role in developing its organization, principles, policies and procedures, most of which are still in force.
Gannett Peak has 7,074 feet of clean topographic prominence, which classifies it as one of the 57 Ultra-prominence peaks in the contiguous 48 states. It is the 15th most prominent peak in the group.
- Gannett Peak trip report
2001 Gannett Peak trip via the traditional Bonney pass route.
- Our June 2000 climb via Elkhart Park, Titcomb Lakes and Dinwoody Pass
- Pinedale Website
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