|Hiking in the beautiful
Big Horn Mountains
The Big Horn Mountains and
Cloud Peak Wilderness Area have many loop trails. Some of the loop trails have
combinations which can result in hikes lasting a week or more. Over 70 percent of
wilderness users access the area via the trailheads off Cloud Peak Scenic Byway (U.S. Hwy.
16). Recommended travel season for the wilderness area is usually from July to
September. Even then, nights can be cold and storms are frequently. The
wettest months are April, May and June, and severe lightning storms are common during the
drier months of July, August and September. Snow can occur in any month of the year.
Registration is mandatory when
entering the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area. Campfires within 300 feet of lakes, streams
and designated trails are prohibited and camping within 100 feet of any water is
prohibited. No motorized vehicles are allowed in the wilderness area.
Regulations are subject to change. Before hiking be sure to let someone know where
you're headed and when you plan to return.
|A few of these trails |
Baby Wagon Creek ~
Close to Powder River Pass this trail offers open park area, with high alpine views and a
beautiful, meandering riparian area, with excellent fishing. From the east, travel
3+ miles past Powder River Pass, turn right off U.S. Highway 16, follow Forest Service
Road 422 ½ mile and turn north on a four wheel drive road (#419), continue 1½ miles to
Baby Wagon Creek. Park and walk to the creek for #98 (north and south), a
well-marked trail for 2½ miles ending at Lake McLain. Or go to Trail #69 (running
east and west), and travel downstream 2½ miles to FS road to Meadowlark Lake.
Battle Park/Paint Rock Creek Loop
~ Paint Rock Creek is a rugged west face canyon area of the Big
Horns with wild trout fishery. This difficult 12 mile loop will briefly access the
Cloud Peak Wilderness along Paint Rock Creek. Registration is required whenever you
enter the Wilderness. Turn west off U.S. Hwy. 16 at Forest Service Road #27, then
take FS Road #24 to Battle Park. From the parking area, take trail #120 north
through Long Park to Grace Lake. Just north of Grace Lake is the entrance of Cloud
Peak Wilderness. After crossing Paint Rock Creek turn west on Trail #62, which
follows Paint Rock Creek downstream, eventually turning south and exiting the
Wilderness. When crossing Paint Rock Creek again, turn southeast and cross Long Park
Creek before returning to the Battle Park parking area.
Bear Park ~
Turn west off U.S. Hwy. 16 at Forest Service Road #27, drive north to Island Park
Campground. From there take Trail #67 across Tensleep Creek, go northeast for 3
miles, then north for a mile to Bear Park. For a side trip, take Trail #68 east one
mile to East Tensleep Lake. To access Bear Park from the north, continue north on
Forest Service Road #27 to Deer Park Campground. Head southeast across Tensleep
Creek on Trail #67 for 12½ miles to Bear Park. With a little planning it is
possible to start at one of these campgrounds and finish at the other.
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