The riding in Pinedale, Wyoming, actually closer to Daniel, Wyoming, is famous across the western United States for miles of boondocking, hillclimbing, and powder filled bowls. With countless peaks and snow covered ridges as far as you can see, the riding in the Wyoming Range is well worth the trip. As always, we are always pursuing the best information about the areas we ride. Please add information about your knowledge and experience in the comments at the bottom of this post.
Directions to the Trail-head: Coming from any direction, you’ll want to get to Daniel Junction and turn west on state road 354 (right across from the Daniel Junction Foodmart). From here, you’ll follow this road (it turns into Daniel Merna Rd) all the way to the Sherman parking lot and trail-head (Trail E). Parking is free of charge.
Here are the distances between some notable locations in the area.
Pinedale to Sherman parking lot: ~30 mi
Daniel Junction to Sherman parking lot: 18 mi
Terrain/Ride Details: To view a trail map of the area click here and scroll to page 2.
This was our first trip to Pinedale and the Wyoming Range and we had heard so many awesome things about the area. This trip confirmed what we had heard. Unfortunately, our timing on hitting deep snow was a bit off. We did find a few powder stashes, but it took some serious searching and the snow depth was lacking. I don’t believe this is a common problem for the area, so it won’t deter us from future trips here.
We took off from the parking lot on Trail E but took the first trail to branch off to the right (we’ll call this the “right branch” because I don’t know any other name for it). From there we rode a single track trail up and over a few ridges into the back-country of the Wyoming Range.
It opened up into some amazing views and steep peaks very quickly. We were excited to see what looked like a giant playground all around us.
After spending some time getting our bearings, we headed back down the ridge in search of an untracked north face.
We retraced our tracks back to near the beginning of “right branch” and found another trail that branched to the right up over a ridge.
We popped up a short hill through a row of pine trees and found a hidden meadow on a north facing slope…no other tracks to be seen…well worth the search! The light was low as the day was nearing end, so we hit it hard for as long as we could…my brother getting stuck didn’t help our cause :).
We headed down and enjoyed Pinedale main street, some nice mexican food, the large hot tub (too many dudes in one tub, but still relaxing), and some college football bowl games.
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Snowmobile Registration: From the Wyotrails website, “Resident and non-resident snowmobile user fees are required by Wyoming State Law…a decal must be displayed on the exterior of the snow machine. Decals are available from licensed permit selling agents across the state. The fee is $35.00.”
The easiest place to pick up your decal is at the Daniel Junction Foodmart-11072 Hwy 189 & 191, (307) 859-8274, November-April hours are 6a-7p Sunday-Thursday and 6a-9p Friday-Saturday.
Fuel: The are two options I know of for ethanol-free fuel near the trail-head is in Pinedale. If you aren’t concerned about ethanol, there are many gas stations in all directions (Pinedale, Big Piney, Boulder, etc.) from the Wyoming Range. The nearest is the Daniel Junction Foodmart.
Daniel Junction Foodmart-11072 Hwy 189 & 191 (they also just opened a new restaurant here, we’ve heard great things–check it out!)
Pinedale: Conoco/Country Lane Grocery-1168 Us Hwy 191 w/91 octane
Regular 91 octane:
There are a bunch of gas stations from any direction.
Hotel/Accommodations: We stayed at the Hampton Inn, which was really a nice place with great service and a solid free breakfast. They also offer a discount to sledders, so make sure you let them know. They also have a large parking lot and free outlets to plug in your truck (you may need it as Pinedale is known for some very cold nights). The Baymont Inn & Suites is another good option with a large parking lot. Other options include the High Country Suites, Best Western, and The Lodge at Pinedale.
For cabin options click here. There are a bunch in the surrounding area.
Nearby Snowmobile Shops: The local snowmobile shop, Bucky’s Outdoors, has an excellent reputation among avid riders. They are a Polaris dealer but are equipped to work with any type of sled you bring in.
Bucky’s Outdoors (Polaris), 146 South Lincoln Avenue, Pinedale, Hours:
More Area Information: For more information about sledding in this area click here.
More Trail Information, click here
Local Club Info, click here
Final Review of Pinedale, Wyoming: Though we were not able to stay as long as we would have liked to due to some buddies having mechanical issues, we saw enough to know that we need to spend many more days here in the future. The place is really snowmobile friendly, is beautiful in all directions, and seems to have an infinite number of acres to ride. Let us know what you’ve experienced in the Wyoming Range!
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