OverviewAnyone who sets out to collect Wyoming county highpoints is in for an interesting exercise in climbing difficult mountains, hunting for unnamed and sometimes elusive points on county and state borders, and dealing with the headache of contacting and working with private landowners who may or may not be sympathetic to this obscure pastime. Three of the twenty most challenging county highpoints in the contiguous United States are found in Wyoming; these difficult peaks, known as "apex" highpoints, are determined by people who have vast experience with the different county highpoints. Gannett Peak, the Washakie Needles, and the Grand Teton are all on this list, which takes into account climbing difficulty, length and type of approach, and time required to successfully summit the peak in question.
To date, there are four people who have completed the twenty-one Wyoming county highpoints. On September 15, 1998, Bob Packard became the first to accomplish the feat, and since then, Parnell Taylor (1999), Jobe Wymore (2004), and Adam Helman (2008) have also finished the list. Please let me know if you or someone you know has reached all of these highpoints, and I will add them to this page.
Wyoming County Highpoints ListNote: Peaks without SP pages are linked to the Lists of John site.
|Rank||Image||Peak Name||County||Elevation||Prominence||YDS Class||Quad||Map Link|
|1||Gannett Peak||Fremont & Sublette||13,804||7,076||4||Gannett Peak||Map|
|2||Grand Teton||Teton||13,770||6,550||5.4||Grand Teton||Map|
|3||Cloud Peak||Big Horn & Johnson||13,167||7,077||2||Cloud Peak||Map|
|4||Francs Peak||Park||13,153||4,056||2||Francs Peak||Map|
|5||Washakie Needles||Hot Springs||12,518||1,347||5.2||Monument Peak||Map|
|6||Medicine Bow Peak||Albany||12,013||3,243||2||Medicine Bow Peak||Map|
|7||Carbon County HP||Carbon||11,920||0||2||Medicine Bow Peak||Map|
|8||Wyoming Peak||Lincoln||11,378||3,558||1||Wyoming Peak||Map|
|9||No Image||Sheridan County HP||Sheridan||11,020||800||4||Dome Lake||Map|
|10||No Image||Uinta County HP||Uinta||9,790||40||N/A||Elizabeth Mountain||Map|
|11||Washakie County Highpoint||Washakie||9,620||160||2||Meadowlark Lake||Map|
|12||No Image||Pine Mountain||Sweetwater||9,550||1,273||1||Red Creek Ranch||Map|
|13||No Image||Warbonnett Peak||Converse||9,414||1,745||2+||Warbonnett Peak||Map|
|14||No Image||Mine Benchmark||Natrona||9,121||1,741||1||Badwater NE||Map|
|15||No Image||Twin Benchmark||Laramie||8,146||356||2||Buford||Map|
|16||No Image||Platte County HP||Platte||7,230||0||1||Indian Guide||Map|
|17||No Image||Cement Ridge HP||Crook||6,674||574||2||Old Baldy Mountain||Map|
|18||No Image||Weston County HP||Weston||6,630||0||2||Buckhorn||Map|
|19||No Image||Goshen County HP||Goshen||6,130||960||1||Rawhide Buttes West||Map|
|20||No Image||Niobrara County HP||Niobrara||6,110||505||2||Silver Springs||Map|
|21||No Image||North Butte||Campbell||6,052||842||2||North Butte||Map|
Trip Reports and Access IssuesThis section provides links to trip reports for the Wyoming County Highpoints that are found on SummitPost and www.cohp.org. The highpoints for Campbell, Niobrara, Platte, and Uinta counties are located on or are reached by crossing through private land. Of the four, Uinta is the most problematic to reach, as the owner is known to have denied multiple requests to reach this spot.
Three counties (Niobrara, Platte, and Washakie) have multiple highpoints that fall within the same contour lines, so bring your GPS and read the trip reports for help on determining where the actual highest point is; in some cases, it might be necessary to visit several spots to ensure that you have tagged the point in question.
Medicine Bow Peak
Carbon County HP
Sheridan County HP
Uinta County HP
Washakie County HP
Platte County HP
Cement Ridge HP
Weston County HP
Goshen County HP
Niobrara County HP
To peruse other trip reports, visit the Wyoming page on the COHP website.