[Cdt-l] Steamboat Springs access issues
rick.ostheimer at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jun 23 09:21:56 CDT 2014
That's a tough one. There's not a lot of public transport in WY. Check
out this site for public transport options and a cool .PDF map showing
all intercity public transport in USA:
The ideal exit/entrance point for a three week jaunt would be South Pass
City (it's about 264 north of Buffalo Pass, assuming that's where you'll
be accessing the trail from Steamboat). Unfortunately the nearest bus
service would probably be Greyhound at Rock Springs, WY, an 88 mile
hitch on WY28 and US191, from whence you can get to Salt Lake City on
Greyhound and ride a different Greyhound south to return to Steamboat.
If you can add about 90 miles to you hike, then perhaps the outfitter in
Pinedale, WY (Great Outdoor Shop, 307-367-2440) could give you some
options for storing your car there and accessing public transport to to
start your hike nobo again from Buffalo Pass (or Rabbit Ears Pass
depending on where you left off the last time). Then you could hitch
to Jackson WY on US191/US26 (77 miles) for IIRC Salt Lake Express or
Rock Springs US191 (102 mi) for Greyhound.
For both of these options you will spend a good deal of time in the
Great Divide Basin. A disadvantage of starting from Steamboat (either
Buffalo Pass or Rabbit Ears) is that you'll be starting out at high
altitude so you'll need to acclimatize. An alternative would be to
skip the Great Divide Basin and hike from Pinedale to West Yellowstone.
You get the Winds and Yellowstone in about 250 trail miles.
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