It was Jamie Emerson who first brought up Moss Lake as a potential bouldering area. After I took a look at Google Earth I was kicking myself. How could Jamie, in Colorado, find such an amazing looking boulder field in my backyard before I did? Part of it was that I had avoided looking for areas that were on, or accessed through, the Wind River Indian Reservation. But this area looked so good, and it was only a six mile hike, so it jumped to the top of my exploration list!
I hiked in from Moccasin Lake, which had a disappointing amount of trash around it for a lake so high in the mountains. A trail took me to Mary's Lake and old signs pointed to a time when this area received more governmental attention than it does today.
After Mary's Lake, the trail shown on the map doesn't exist half the time. I was on it occasionally, but downed trees forced me off frequently, and the trail disappears for long stretches. I got excited when I saw a bridge, but it turned out that it isn't much of a bridge anymore.
Soon perfectly sized boulders came into view.
The rocks above are a five mile hike in. The much better rock of the Falcon's Lair (seen below) is only a 3.5 mile hike, most of it is on a good trail, and it still has many undone lines that I'm interested in climbing.
So Moss Lake wasn't what I was looking for. The search would continue. Possibility #2 was Midsummer Valley.