Situated in middle-of-nowhere Wyoming, the Wind Rivers runs diagonally from the southeast corner of the Yellowstone region and extends southeast, terminating a few hours shy of Utah. Desert surrounds this landscape, and approaching certainly gives one the feeling of remoteness.
This feeling of remoteness comes to an abrupt halt at the trailhead, where we were met with at least 50 other cars (stories exist of more!). Turns out that not all these cars hold climbers. In fact many are backpackers, day hikers, scout groups, and fishers. Despite the popularity of the Big Sandy Trailhead, the feeling of remoteness quickly kicks back in during the 9 mile hike to Cirque of the Towers. Cliffs become taller and steeper. The trail becomes more rugged. The squeals of pikas and borough-homes of marmots speckle the trail. Then about two miles out, you get your first glimpse of Pingora.