Togwotee Pass

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Togwotee Pass

Submitted By: mallen on October 18, 2011

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Russell Peak South Shoulder

The south shoulder is one of the more difficult faces of Russell peak, because even though there are more options, there are also a lot more dangers. There are tight couliors, cliffs, and lots of exposure if the snow is not right.  Depending upon the conditions, these lines can be completely filled in, or very exposed.  They heat up pretty quick due to the sun in the spring, so you want to be careful up there.  If you want to ski the south shoulder and you need an escape route, look south to Oatmeal Bowl for other options.

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Togwotee Pass is on the continental divide located between Dubois and Moran Junction in Wyoming. North of the highway are the Absaroka Mountains and south of the highway are the Gros Ventre Mountains. The area receives a ton of annual snow, but is a bit remote, with the nearest (big) town being Jackson Hole. Day trips to Togwotee Pass can also be made from Lander.

How to Get There

From Jackson: Drive north from the Town Square on Cache Street. This turns into 26/89/189. Continue north to Moran Junction, then bear right continuing on 26/287. The road will climb up to Togwotee Pass. There are areas to park on the South side of the highway.

From Lander: Drive north out of town on 287. At the junction with 26, continue west on 26/287 until you reach the pass.

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