|Originally posted by SpringsRegular:
How far of a hike is it to the top of Casper Bowl from the Gondola? Is it possible to traverse to it via Tensleep and over Cirque as it appears on the trail map?
Depending on the condition you're in, it will probably take 15-20 minutes to hike up from the Gondola. It's a boot hike and is pretty steep, but relatively short.
You are correct. You can also hike from the Cirque to the same ridgeline that leads to Casper Bowl. That boot hike is considerably shallower, just somewhat longer in terms of distance. It takes most people about the same amount of time.
It's none of my business, of course, but regardless of the route you take it would be a good idea to have avy gear and training. Also, the lines down upper Casper Bowl can be a bit confusing from the top, especially in poor visibility. At lease one person has died there by unintentionally going off an unseen cliff.
Have fun and be careful,