Gannett Peak, Wyoming

Prominence: 7076 ft, 2156 m

Elevation: 13,804 feet, 4207 meters

True Isolation: 290.36 mi, 467.28 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 13,810 ft / 4209 m
SubpeaksGannett Peak-South Peak (13,295 ft/4052 m)
Gooseneck Pinnacle (13,040 ft/3975 m)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)43° 11' 4'' N; 109° 39' 15'' W
43.1844, -109.654292 (Dec Deg)
609359E 4782171N Zone 12 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceWyoming (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionFremont (Highest Point)
Sublette (Highest Point)

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Lists that contain Gannett Peak:
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #15)
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #27)
     USA/Canada Range4 High Points (Rank #18)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #15)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 100 miles of Isolation (Rank #9)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #35)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #29)
     Wyoming Wilderness High Points (Rank #1)
     Western USA Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #5)
     Most Isolated Peaks of the U.S. States (Rank #10)
     North America Peaks with 2000 meters of Prominence (Rank #71)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #15)
     Triple Crown CoHPs (Rank #3)
     USA Lower 48 Range4 High Points (Rank #12)
     Apex (Toughest) CoHPs (Rank #4)
     Wyoming County High Points (Rank #1)
     Wyoming Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #1)
     Wyoming County Prominence Peaks (Rank #1)
     Wyoming 13,000-foot Peaks (Rank #1)
     Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone (Rank #1)
     Wyoming Peaks with 25 Miles of Isolation (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Select Peaks of Greater Yellowstone (Turiano)
       Fifty State Summits, Guide with Maps to State Highpoints (Zumwalt)
       Highpoints of the United States: A Guide to the Fifty State Summits (Holmes)
       Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints (Winger)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1988-07-21 by Dennis Stewart (Unsuccessful)
     1990-07-14 by Dennis Stewart
     1991-07-31 by Dennis Stewart
     1992-09-03 by Greg Slayden (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     1994-08-01 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     1994-08-05 by Scott Cockrell
     2003-08-21 by Ben Lostracco
     2005-07-30 by Caj Svensson
     2007-06-25 by Greg McCrimmon
     2009-08-16 by Lou Hibbard
     2012-07-03 by Walter Blume (Unsuccessful) (GPS Track)
     2012-07-30 by Rob Woodall (GPS Track)
     2012-07-31 by Shaun Hansen (Unsuccessful)
     2013-07-28 by Roger Roots
     2014-07-27 by Tye Scott
     2014-07-27 by Ben Still
     2015-07-19 by David Darby (GPS Track)
     2015-09-01 by William Musser
     2016-07-02 by Duncan Lennon
     2016-07-21 by Mark Smith
     2016-07-24 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2016-07-25 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2016-07-26 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2016-07-27 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)
     2016-07-28 by Mihai Giurgiulescu (GPS Track)

View ascents of peak by registered members (189 total)

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The snowy crest of Gannett Peak rises in the heart of the most rugged and glaciated mountainscape in the American Rockies, dominating the northern Wind River Range. Those enamored of the famous and showy Grand Teton often begrudge Gannett its status at Wyoming's apex, muttering about the mere 34 feet separating the summit elevations. But anyone who has ventured into the remote "Winds" on an expedition to Gannett will come away with full respect for this fine and deserving state highpoint.

Gannett is commonly considered one of the toughest of the US State highpoints to attain, along with Granite Peak in Montana, Mount Rainier in Washington, and, of course, Denali. A combination of long approach hikes, steep snow/ice, and challenging rock scrambling or climbing make this a peak not for beginners or casual climbers.

Climbing Notes

Like many big mountains, Gannett Peak has many routes. Four of the most common are:

  • From the town of Dubois and Trail Lakes Ranch, the Glacier Trail goes up and down for 20 miles or so before reaching the base of the Dinwoody Glacier. Here you climb the Gooseneck Ridge and Gooseneck Gully (steep ice or snow) to gain the summit ridge. This is probably considered the "standard" route.
  • From the town of Pinedale and the Elkhart Park Trailhead, you can approach from the southwest, passing Island Lake and camping in Titcomb Basin. Main drawback to this route is that on summit day you must climb up and over Dinwoody Pass at the crest of the range before climbing Gannett itself by the Gooseneck route, making for a very long and hard day.
  • You can cut off a large distance on the Glacier Trail by using the Ink Wells Trail. But the main issue here is that Ink Wells trailhead is on the Wind River Indian Reservation and the tribe will charge you a large sum (usually over $150) for use of their land. It can be a hassle to get the permit and transportation arranged for this option.
  • The west face route may be the shortest in distance and elevation gain, but it requires some bushwhacking and it has the most rugged rock climbing of any of these four routes. The start is at the Green River Lakes trailhead.

Any one of these routes will be a three to five day expedition for most teams. You will need to bring rope, ice axe, crampons, and protection for rock and ice.

The summit snowfield of Gannett Peak looks like a cloud in this view from Dinwoody Pass (1992-09).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 7076 ft/2156 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 7076 ft/2156 m
  Line Parent: Longs Peak
  Key Col: Coal Bank Lake SE    6728 ft/2051 m
Isolation290.36 mi/467.28 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Longs Peak  (SE)
Isolation Limit Point: 40° 15' 27'' N; 105° 37' 7'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Rocky Mountains
Range3: Greater Yellowstone Rockies (Highest Point)
Range4: Wind River Range (Highest Point)
Range5: Northern Wind River Range (Highest Point)
Ridges/DividesContinental Divide of N.A.
Drainage Basins
Green (HP)
Gulf of California
Pacific Ocean

Bighorn (HP)
Yellowstone (HP)
Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Bridger-Teton National Forest (Highest Point)/Shoshone National Forest (Highest Point)
Wilderness/Special Area: Fitzpatrick Wilderness Area (Highest Point)/Bridger Wilderness Area (Highest Point)
Topo MapGannett Peak O43109b6 1:24,000
First Ascent1922
Floyd Stahlnaker
Arthur Tate
Route #1 Glacier Climb: Glacier Trail-Gooseneck Ridge
Trailhead: Trail Lakes Ranch 9160 ft/2792 m
Vertical Gain: 6379 ft/1943 m
Distance (one way): 24.9 mi/40.07 km
Route #2 Glacier Climb: Dinwoody Pass-Goosneck Ridge
Trailhead: Elkhart Park 11,600 ft/3536 m
Vertical Gain: 3424 ft/1042 m
Distance (one way): 19.95 mi/32.11 km
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Descending Minor Glacier on the west side of Gannett Peak, Wyoming (2010-08-25). Photo by David Rychly.
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Gannett Peak from Fremont Peak (1984-08-22). Photo by John Vitz.
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Perfect day in the wind river range Photo by Matt Fowler.
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The bergschrund (with 2 snow bridges still intact) protecting the final snow climb ascent up the steeper section of glacier next to Gooseneck Pinnacle (on the left) (2015-09-01). Photo by William Musser.
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Enjoying a sunny day at base camp (Titcom Basin) after climbing Gannett Peak (2016-07-14). Photo by Lucy Westlake.
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Enjoying the views on Gannett (2016-07-23). Photo by Jeff McGowan.
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