Wind River Range in Late September

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I am looking for a bit of weather report for the Wind River Range for the end of September.

I have a extended trip planned for fly fishing and backing packing across Wyoming that will culminate in the Wind River Range. I have schedule to do a 3 day backpacking trip in the last week of September of this year to cap off a trip of 4 ranges. I am looking for any advice on what the potential snow conditions may be.

I am planning on heading into the range from the Trails End campsite and heading to Island Lake, and then Titcomb Basin. I am not a novice to high altitude backpacking, but will be taking my Father who is.

I am anticipating that night time temps will be in the 20s, and days to get into the 60s. I have all of the necessary gear to deal with these temp swings, but I do not have deep snow gear. Should I look into obtaining snow shoes or other deep snow gear. Any advice from those that know the area at that time of year is much appreciated.

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There are others with more experience there than me, and they'll chime in too, but I would think that there's a 95-99% chance you won't need snowshoes. But then there's probably a pretty decent chance that you'll get snowed on at least once. Definitely plan on it happening so you go prepared.

I'd also be prepared for temperatures a bit colder than you expect. My first trip to the Winds was in early August, and one of our nights got down to 20 degrees at Barbara Lake. Not saying that's common, but it really can be quite variable out there, especially later in the season when you'll be there.

All of that said, though, late September will be an awesome time to be there. You'll encounter far less people than if you were going in late July or August.
 

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Snow ice and rain anytime especially Sept...... Just how much you want to fight it.....farther into Sept better the chance of it
 

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