Rock Lake Peak, Wyoming

By Brian Latturner

What a fantastic backpack trip this was. The Salt River Range in Wyoming, is one of the most incredible and beautiful mountain ranges I have ever been to. I absolutely love backpacking this country.

I did this trip in August of 2011. The trailhead is located just east of Afton, Wyoming about 4 miles up Swift Creek. The Swift Creek road is OK for taking a car up, so don't let that stop you.

When you arrive at the trailhead, you will see a trail going up the bottom of the canyon along the river. That's not the one you want. Instead, you want the horse trail that takes off and climbs just a bit up onto the slope to your north.

After walking a half mile or so, you will be able to look south across the canyon and see Periodic Spring. It's cool. When I saw it, it was a roaring river the just shoots from the side of the mountain. That is where the trail that goes up the bottom of the canyon, along the river, leads. So, if you have time, you might want to check that out.

Rock Lake Peak is about a 6 mile hike. You begin hiking at about 7,000 feet in elevation and the top of Rock Lake Peak is 10,700.

I did a two night backpack trip and camped just to the east of the peak on a high ridge where I could see mountains all around me.

As for water, the last creek you will cross is about a mile and a half short of the peak in the bottom of a basin, so be sure to fill up there.