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
- 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.
- Mount Bonneville
The access road to Scab Creek Trailhead is closed prior to May 15th for critical winter-range wildlife protection.
Bridger-Teton National Forest Reminders
- Practice good campfire safety and make sure the fire is completely out before leaving your camping site.
- Be familiar with food storage requirements when camping.
- Organized groups and recreational livestock users are required to have a Bridger Wilderness Permit.
- Come prepared with mosquito face nets, repellent, bear spray, and first aid kit.
- Mountain Range
Central Wind River Range, 20 miles southeast of Pinedale, Wyoming.
End of May thru mid October
- Traffic Usage
- Official Forest Service Link
- Managing Ranger District