OverviewThis peak’s eye-catching name came from a cache of alcohol on its slopes during the times that the Rendezvous occurred in the area. It is now famous for being the home of the largest wintering Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep herd in North America.
Located at the extreme northeast end of the Wind River Range, it is isolated from the high granite peaks at the core of the range. Goat Flat, Downs Mountain, and Ram Flat make up the Wind River skyline, and all of these mountains are broad alpine plateaus. Perhaps the most rewarding views are of the high Absaroka crest to the north.
During the fall and winter, the big horn sheep herds that spend the summer elsewhere in the range converge on the slopes of this mountain.
This side of the Wind Rivers is drier than the Bridger Wilderness side, with a more desert-like approach from the base. This is one reason why the bighorn sheep winter here, as the grasses are more readily available on the wind-swept ridges with less snow.
The mountain is flanked on the north and south by trails. The Whiskey Creek Trail is on the north, and the Whiskey Mountain Trail is on the south. The Whiskey Mountain Trail passes just to the west of the summit, making this peak Class 1.
The Whiskey Mountain Trail from the Trail Lake Ranch trailhead to the summit is about 4 miles one way and 3,800 feet of vertical ascent.
Google Maps driving directions from Dubois, WY.
The mountain and route are located in the Torrey Lake Quadrangle
Wind River Ranger District
1403 West Ramshorn
Dubois, WY 82513
Mountain ConditionsNOAA Point Forecast
Call the Wind River Ranger District in Dubois, WY at 307 455-2466.
You can contact the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretative Center at 888-209-2795 or 307-455-3429.
External LinksNational Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center
On Top of Old Whiskey - New York Times, Dec. 22, 1996