Scab Creek Trailhead Location Map: See below for detailed trailhead information.

Scab Creek Trailhead Description

Scab Creek Trailhead is a go-to for some serious backcountry fishing and spectacular panoramic views in Bonneville Basin of the Wind River Range. Its 7,636 acres adjoins the Bridger Wilderness in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, which lies to the east. 

Backpackers appreciate the quieter hiking, and anglers can't spend enough time with the countless alpine lakes in this area. Scab Creek Trailhead is located approximately 24 miles southeast of Pinedale via Highway 353 and 5 miles on good gravel road.

The Scab Creek Campground managed by the Bureau of Land Management is near the trailhead and offers 9 sites. This campground and trailhead receive medium hiker and stock use. 

Corrals are located near the trailhead. No water is available, and hikers are recommended to pack in water for the first day. The closest town is Boulder which has a convenient store and a gas station with few supplies. Pinedale is the next closest town with full services.

Trailhead Provides Access To

Scab Creek Trailhead provides access to the central Wind River Range and Bridger Wilderness including:

  • Popular Trails and/or Day Hikes Accessed:
    • Central section of the Continental Divide Scenic Trail
    • Bonneville Basin
    • Scab Creek Buttress (rock climbing area)
  • Popular Lakes Accessed:
    • Divide Lake
    • Dream Lake
    • Middle Fork Lake
    • Halls Lake
  • Popular Peaks Accessed:
    • Mount Bonneville
      Interesting Note: Mount Bonneville is the obvious mountain visible above Main Street in downtown Pinedale, Wyoming.

Trailhead Restrictions

The access road to Scab Creek Trailhead is closed prior to May 15th for critical winter-range wildlife protection.

Bridger-Teton National Forest Reminders
Trailhead Information
Mountain Range

Wind River Mountain Range


Central Wind River Range, 20 miles southeast of Pinedale, Wyoming.


7,870 Feet


End of May thru mid October

Traffic Usage

Low-use Trailhead

Official Forest Service Link

Forest Service Information »

Managing Ranger District

Pinedale Ranger District »