Kessler was at scout camp and the weather in Colorado was looking pretty poor, so Shaylee and I headed north to Wyoming in order to climb Wyoming Peak. We didn't leave until late on Friday, so arrived in Big Piney very late at night.
The next morning, we headed for Middle Piney Lake where we started our climb. After an 8:45 AM start, we made good progress up to the base of the mountain, though there were a couple tricky stream crossings.
Since this was a last minute planned trip, we didn't bring a topo map and only had the sketch map from Hiking Wyoming. We made our way north to Wyoming Peak, where it was cold and windy. The views were really good, including the Grand Teton to the north and the Wind River Mountains to the east.
Shaylee didn't want to spend much time on top, so we headed south, staying on the ridge crest over March Madness Peak, Point 10,905, and Point 10,765 and then to the saddle.
Since we didn't have a topo map, we ended up taking the high route and ended up near the ridge top above the North Fork of Fish Creek We then headed down a rugged avalanche chute to the north and ended up right at Lower Wohelo Falls.
From there, it was a routine walk back to the trailhead. The guidebook said that Wyoming Peak alone was supposed to take 9 hours, but we did the entire round trip in 8 hours, which wasn't too bad for a 10 year old girl and an out of shape dad, considering we did three extra sub summits and took a rough cross country route down.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe