Moon Lake

Total Miles
7.7

Elevation

3,098.12 ft

Duration

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Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

This rough track leads to a remote lake on the northern side of the Wind River Range. The driving gets progressively more challenging the closer you get to the lake. The adventure begins by crossing the high meadows of the Continental Divide. Halfway in, Union Peak (11,491) and its small glaciers become visible to the south as the road weaves between meadows and stands of pine. As the road draws closer to the lake, the roadway becomes riddled with large rocks that make driving slower especially in the last mile. A short downhill hike is required to reach the shoreline of Moon Lake. From the end of the road, a 4-mile designated ATV trail continues east toward the Fitzpatrick Wilderness boundary.

Photos of Moon Lake

Moon Lake
Moon Lake
Moon Lake

Difficulty

The first half of this route does not typically present difficult driving. However, the tread gets increasingly rougher with large rocks, mud, ruts and stream crossings. Most stock 4x4 vehicles are found parked within the first 6 miles and drivers continue to the lake on foot. Also watch for equestrian traffic along the way.

Technical Rating

4

Status Reports

Tj Broscoff
Aug 21, 2023
2022 Ford F-Series
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Berdale Nelson
Aug 13, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Dusty
Muddy/Wet
Ian Bryant
Jul 02, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Marko Cvetkovic
Jun 22, 2023
4x4
Open
Muddy/Wet

Access Description

To access the road from the south, drive west of Pinedale on HWY 191 for 6 miles. Turn north onto HWY 352, drive 28.5 miles (the first 25 miles are paved), and bear left onto Union Pass Road (FR 600). Then drive a little over 34 miles to FR 531 on the right.

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