Raft Lake Trail

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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6.5-9h
Distance
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21.7 km
Elevation
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932 m
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Raft Lake Trail

The Raft Lake Trail is a lovely adventure in the Wind River Mountain Range that offers a tranquil experience. Exhibiting a diversity of flora and fauna, this gorgeous adventure passes through dense woodlands, luxuriant meadows, and communities of brush before culminating at the alpine lake.

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Immerse yourself in the backcountry and reconnect with nature as you hike the Raft Lake Trail. This incredible excursion offers a diversity of scenery, including various wildlife and vegetation. While unlikely, bear encounters are possible, so make sure at least one person in your group carries a can of bear spray. Additionally, this route travels through the Wind River Roadless Area on the Wind River Reservation, so ensure you attain the appropriate permit before heading out. Note this path is poorly signposted, so make sure you download the trail GPS before your departure.

Embark on your adventure from the trailhead off St. Lawrence Ranger Station Road. Setting out from here, you will be guided westward along the St. Lawrence Ranger Station Road into the wilderness. As you wander through the mixed pine woodlands, it is important to be mindful of wildlife. Using the trail GPS, the consistently climbing path will lead you into a swathe of meadowlands. Rewarded with views of the Winds from here, the path will begin to descend towards Raft Lake.

Mind your footing on the increasingly rocky terrain, and you will pass the Twin Lakes before ultimately arriving at Raft Lake. Enjoy the lovely alpine scenery and rejuvenate your tired feet in the chilly alpine waters. To get back to the trailhead, simply head back the way you came.

Getting There

Access this hike from the trailhead off the St. Lawrence Ranger Station Road.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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