suggestion needed: 9-day solo Winds near Elkhart Park

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Last August, I have done this 7-day backpacking:
Big Sandy TH -> Shadow Lake -> Pyramid Lake -> Ambush Peak, Mt Bonneville -> Haily Pass -> Baptiste Lake -> Grave Lake -> Valentine Lake -> South folk lake -> Lizard Head -> Lonesome lake -> Jackass pass -> Big Sandy Lake -> Big Sandy TH


starting this Sunday, I have 9 day to explore the northern winds. part of the reason is to see eclipse. I rent a car from Denver and drive overnight this Saturday to Elkhart Park TH.


here is the **route**: http://imgur.com/a/LK13S


My plan is as follows. However I am open to other suggestion, for example, maybe 5 days in winds, then 4 days in Grand teton if I can get the permit..

Day 0: arrive Denver 5pm. drive overnight toward Elkhart Park, sleep in car somewhere


Day 1: Elkhart Park -> Island Lake, 10 miles
night1: Island Lake


Day 2: eclipse day
Island Lake to Titcomb Lakes
night 2: Titcomb Lakes
Question: is Titcomb Lakes a best shot for eclipse ?


Day 3: Titcomb Lakes -> Indian Basin -> Wall Lake
night 3: Wall lake


Day 4:Wall lake -> Cook Lakes -> Spider Lake
night 4: Spider Lake


after spider lake, i have two choice.
option 1: spider Lake -> cook pass -> lake 11065 -> upper golden lake -> Dennis Lake
basically I traver to big sandy, and hope can hitch hike back to Elkhart Park.


option 2:spider Lake -> cook pass -> lake 11065 -> lake 10787 -> camp lake -> Alpine Lakes


currently I lean toward option 2


day 5: option2
night 5: Alpine Lakes


day 6:
Alpine Lakes -> Alpine Lake pass -> indian pass -> Titcomb Basin
night 6: Titcomb Basin


day 7 Titcomb Basin -> Knapsack Col -> Shannon pass -> Lower jean Lake
night 7: Lower jean Lake
Question: should I camp at island lake instead?


day 8 Lower jean Lake -> Island Lake -> Elkhart Park


day 9 drive to Denver, afternoon 3:15pm flight out


Is this plan doable?
 
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August 19, 2017. 8:10am.
Elkhart Park parking is full. Apparently all of the parking between Elkhart Park and Green River Lakes is full.
Perhaps you could find a place to park and camp in the vicinity of Union Pass. Good luck!
Wayne


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Hi Venchka, Thank you for your reply. I just got back home.
the EP parking is full, I park on shoulder 1 mile down the road
 
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Hi Venchka, Thank you for your reply. I just got back home.
the EP parking is full, I park on shoulder 1 mile down the road
Where there's a will there's a way.
We parked a similar distance from Big Sandy TH Labor Day Weekend.
Wayne


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well said "Where there's a will there's a way."

how is your trip to winds?
 
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well said "Where there's a will there's a way."

how is your trip to winds?
I'm hooked! The drive to/from Big Sandy TH won't keep me from coming back! Zero precipitation for the week.
I will be back!
Wayne


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