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Payson Peak
Highest point
Elevation 11,717 ft (3,571 m)
Prominence 197 ft (60 m)
Geography
Location Fremont County, Wyoming, U.S.
Parent range Wind River Range
Topo map USGS Lizard Head Peak

Payson Peak is a (11,717-foot (3,571 m)) mountain located in the southern Wind River Range in the U.S. state of Wyoming. Payson Peak was named after Henry A. Payson, a former Forest Ranger. Payson Peak is in the Popo Agie Wilderness of Shoshone National Forest.

Hazards

Encountering bears is a concern in the Wind River Range. There are other concerns as well, including bugs, wildfires, adverse snow conditions and nighttime cold temperatures.

Importantly, there have been notable incidents, including accidental deaths, due to falls from steep cliffs (a misstep could be fatal in this class 4/5 terrain) and due to falling rocks, over the years, including 1993, 2007 (involving an experienced NOLS leader), 2015 and 2018. Other incidents include a seriously injured backpacker being airlifted near SquareTop Mountain in 2005, and a fatal hiker incident (from an apparent accidental fall) in 2006 that involved state search and rescue. The U.S. Forest Service does not offer updated aggregated records on the official number of fatalities in the Wind River Range.

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