Wind River Range


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Wind River Range,

part of the Rocky Mts., W Wyo., running southeastward c.120 mi (190 km) and constituting part of the Continental Divide. Gannett Peak (13,804 ft/4,207 m) is the highest point in Wyoming. A number of historic passes cross these mountains. South PassSouth Pass,
broad, level valley (alt. c.7,550 ft/2,301 m), SW Wyo., cutting across the Rocky Mts. It was used by trappers and explorers before Jedediah Smith inaugurated its use as a route for settlers.
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 (alt. c.7,550 ft/2,301 m), at the southern end of the range, was the most important pass on the Oregon TrailOregon Trail,
overland emigrant route in the United States from the Missouri River to the Columbia River country (all of which was then called Oregon). The pioneers by wagon train did not, however, follow any single narrow route.
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 through the Rocky Mts.

Wind River Range

a mountain range in W Wyoming: one of the highest ranges of the central Rockies. Highest peak: Gannet Peak, 4202 m (13 785 ft.)
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The study area is located at the far northern extent of the Wind River Range in northwest Wyoming [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED].
Although the broad-scale distribution of park and forest vegetation in the northern Wind River Range does not appear to correspond to differences in parent material, there are differences in vegetative cover within these broad vegetation types that are related to the soils.
The Wind River Range is located near the boundary between two climatic regions described by Baker (1944) and Whitlock and Bartlein (1993).
Pine pollen percentages ([less than]20-[less than]40%) are lower in late-glacial samples from the Wind River Range ([ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURES 9, 10 OMITTED]; Fall et al.
1995) suggested that lodgepole pine trees were rare in the Wind River Range even by the time they were well established in the Yellowstone area [approximately]11300 yr BP.
Grass and Artemisia pollen percentages are similar to those in surface samples collected from Pinus albicaulis parklands in the Wind River Range (Fall 1994) and Picea-Abies-Pinus albicaulis parklands in Yellowstone National Park (Baker 1976).
We passed the aspens, then continued on the rutted track, wheeling deeper into the backcountry that sloped upward toward the craggy peaks of the Wind River Range.
If left to their own devices, Peacock believes, grizzlies eventually would work their way south from Yellowstone into Wyoming's Wind River Range, and then south along the Green River to Utah.
Home to the National Outdoor Leadership School and terrific hiking in the adjacent Wind River Range.
The Wind River Range still boasts 7 of the 10 largest glaciers remaining in the contiguous United States.
Fradkin follows the Green-Colorado systemfrom its sources in the Colorado Rockies and the Wind River Range to its spectacular passage through the Grand Canyon and eventually to its dry finish in the desert of Baja California.