Descent into Hidden Basin. Washakie Wilderness

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Comments (8)

walkaboutwest on November 5, 2007

Fantastic, Ralph, a best of and another place I want to spend time in. I'm wondering how you accessed this place. It's gorgeous.

Ralph Maughan on November 5, 2007

I wrote two backpacking guides. One was to the Teton Wilderness on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Fifteen years later, Falcon Press approached me to redo it and add the adjacent Washakie Wilderness too.

I got a co-author (Lee Mercer) and we walked about a thousand miles in the deep wilderness.

I notice few people are filling in this empty space on Google Earth so I have decided to post some of them.

Most of them from the first book are black and white, and all were taken before digital cameras.

One problem with the Teton Wilderness is this -- about half of it burned since I took the photos, and more burns every summer, so a lot of the photos are more historical than showing what is on the ground today.

walkaboutwest on November 7, 2007

I'll have to look for your backpacking guides. Having someplace burn does not deter me from going there. I enjoy seeing the progression after a fire. My problem is one of time during the field season, when I have a limited time to complete a set amount of field work, so I don't take much time off. We've wanted to plan a trip into the Thoroughfare, but that would take (much) more time than a long weekend, and I'm sure the Washakie would be the same!

sdckjim on November 25, 2007

This photo is looking down East Fork Creek, Hidden Basin is behind the photographer.

Ralph Maughan on November 27, 2007


As you say, this photo is looking down East Fork Creek. I took the photo as I was descending into Hidden Basin, which you can barely see at the right at the base of the plateau.

It was a tricky descent due to steep and unstable small rocks with no handholds available.

I got to where I was by climbing up Hidden Pocket from Five Pockets. Didn't you mean to say that "Hidden Pocket," rather than "Hidden Basin," was behind me -- "the photographer?"

cindyh on October 27, 2008

Ralph, I was going through Google maps and looking at places we were on past trips and came across this picture and was stopped dead in my tracks. I took out my trip book from our Five Pockets trip that we took in August 1997, and I have the EXACT same picture, except I was standing a little further forward!!!! It was a great trip. We did it on horseback that year. Since then, we've spent a lot of time near Double Cabin, directly east of that area, through Cougar Creek. Cindy

Ralph Maughan on October 27, 2008


That's amazing because not many make it to that high trailless divide.

Did you ride your horses down into Hidden Pocket? I found the descent on foot to be slow and tricky.

By the way my photo was taken in late July 1996, just one year earlier.

McSky on April 18, 2012

Truly amazing, like.

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