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Meadow Creek
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Meadow Creek

 
Meadow Creek

Page Type: Route

Location: Wyoming, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 43.96070°N / 109.3393°W

Object Title: Meadow Creek

Route Type: Steep Hike and Scramble

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: Grade II Class 2

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Page By: jimmyjay

Created/Edited: Jan 10, 2005 / Sep 15, 2011

Object ID: 163492

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Car Approach to the Trail Head

 
Bob crossing the Wood River
Driving in the river
 
Meadow Creek Trail
Trail head sign

From the town of Meeteetse, which is located about 32 miles south of Cody, turn west onto the signed road for Wyoming 290. The turn is located by the gas station. In 6.4 miles, turn left onto Wood River Road; at 11.6 miles, the pavement ends. The national forest boundary is at 21.7 miles, after you pass the Brown Mountain campground. Continue on the road as it climbs and crosses a few minor streams until you reach the main crossing of the Wood River, which in June and early July can be an exciting experience, but in late season is mostly rocks with little water. Look for the Meadow Creek trailhead on your right a little ways further down the road.
Francs Peak, Range Highpoint
Francs Peak (photo: Bob Sihler)

Route Description

 
Near the Beginning
Just above the treeline
 
Meadow Creek
Meadow Creek

Ascend Meadow Creek for 1.5 miles into its basin. There are several campsites with early summer water available between 10,000' and 10,400' to lessen the summit day. The trail has a couple of easy creek crossings before you reach the large open meadow, which is about 3.5 miles from the trail head, according to a measured GPS distance by NavySeabee. Gain the headwall at the western end of the basin to reach the long undulating south ridge of Francs. The ridge is mostly wide but a few narrow spots will require some decision making and scrambling.

The distance to the summit of Francs Peak via the Meadow Creek route is about 7.0 miles with approximately 4800 feet of elevation gain.
Meadow Creek Basin
Meadow Creek Basin; your objective is the headwall at the center of the photo, which leads along the south ridge to the summit

Essential Gear and Miscellaneous Info

Bring wilderness backpacking equipment or full-weather dayhike gear; you can encounter numerous grizzly bears on this peak, and many summit register entries mention seeing anywhere from four to a dozen of them. Bring bear spray and know how to use it!

The afternoon thunderstorms in this area can be intense, so keep in mind that you are on an exposed ridge for a very extended period of time.

Additional Note

From musicman82: For this route page, I have added the car approach section, done additional editing, and added pictures to jimmyjay's route description. My pictures of the Meadow Creek area were taken during a July 2010 climb of Chief Mountain, so I have not climbed Francs by this route, though I have climbed the peak from the north. If anyone has pictures of the section of the ridge above the Basin to the summit, please let me know so I can include them on the page.

Images

Near the BeginningOld CabinMeadow CreekMeadow Creek Basin