As you approach the trailhead and turn-around, stay to the right. At the turn-around, you’ll find restrooms, an information kiosk and the start of the Glacier Trail into the Fitzpatrick Wilderness. This is the most popular route to Gannett Peak, Wyoming’s highest at 13,804′. Look for sheep at the crest of Torrey Rim to your right, and golden eagles (quite a bit bigger than ravens) soaring above it. The dark rocks that block the valley ahead are ancient granite, billions of years older than the rock you see on Torrey Rim. If the light is right, you might be able to see the wet-looking shine of “glacier polish”. This granite is so hard that the glaciers could not remove it, but instead gouged grooves across it, or smoothed it to a high gloss.
If you’re dressed for a hike and have another hour to spare, walk up the Glacier Trail for a half-mile to a footbridge that passes over a rocky gorge and a series of thundering waterfalls. Just before the bridge, the trail to Lake Louise forks to the right. A two-hour hike will take you to this picture-perfect alpine lake surrounded by soaring peaks.
We hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of this spectacular valley and the bighorns’ winter range. To learn more about wild sheep, visit the National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center in downtown Dubois, or call the Center at (307) 455-3429 for more information.
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