Overview

Backpacking opportunities in the Sheridan area include the many trailheads in the Bighorn National Forest. Most trails are accessible by two-wheel drive and within one or two hours of Sheridan. The Big Horn National Forest offers some of the most scenic wilderness in Wyoming with secluded waterfalls, coniferous forests, prairie clearings, seasonal wildflowers, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Whether out for a camping excursion or a casual day hike, the Sheridan area presents a number of hiking options for any skill level or time allowance.

Adelaide Trailhead

Adelaide Trailhead

Provides access to: Shell Creek Trail – #057 which enters Cloud Peak Wilderness. Directions: From Greybull, WY, take Hwy 14 east to Forest Service Road 17. Take Forest Service Road 17 to the trailhead near Ranger Creek Campground and Shell Ranger Station.

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Bald Mountain Campground

Bald Mountain Campground

Bald Mountain Campground is located 13 miles East of Lovell, on U.S. Highway 14A. (-107.8595 x 44.805725) 15 campsites. Season runs from approximately June 15th – September 5th.  Elevation is 9,200-feet. Expect cool evenings. Restrooms and drinking water available. No showers, phones, or electricity.  Average spur length 55-feet (40 –

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Battle Park Trailhead

Battle Park Trailhead

A developed camping area and trailhead that is popular with horse users. Provides access to: Battle Park Trail #173 and nearby access to Cloud Peak Wilderness via Long Park Trail #164 and Middle Paintrock Trail – #066. This trailhead also provides access to Lily Lake Cut-off Trail – #120 (Non-wilderness

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Black Mountain Lookout Trailhead

Black Mountain Lookout Trailhead

Trailhead leads to the historic Black Mountain Fire Lookout, constructed in the 1930’s. No facilities are located at this trailhead. Limited parking space. Directions: From Dayton, take Hwy 14 west 15 miles. Turn left at FSR 16 for 5 miles. Turn left onto FSR 222.

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Boulder Park Campground

Boulder Park Campground

Located along the Cloud Peak Skyway, this area is along Tensleep Creek, which has great fishing. Directions: From Ten Sleep, WY, take Hwy 16 east 17.5 miles to FSR 27 . Turn left onto FSR 27, cross a bridge and go 0.2 miles, then turn left at sign. Reservation Info:

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Bucking Mule Falls Trailhead

Bucking Mule Falls Trailhead

This trailhead has facilities for horse users, including stock tanks, a mounting rack and hitching rails. Camping is allowed at this trailhead. Lat: 44.88434766 / Long: -107.9062147

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  • Circle Park Trailhead
  • Circle Park Trailhead
  • Circle Park Trailhead

Circle Park Trailhead

Provides access to: Sherd Lake Loop Trail – #046 which enters Cloud Peak Wilderness and leads to South Fork Ponds. There are trail junctions that make side trips to nearby lakes, and a you can make a loop by using South Fork Ponds Trail #095. Trailhead is suitable for horse

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Coffeen Park Trailhead

Coffeen Park Trailhead

Provides access to: Coffeen Park Trail – #592 which accesses Cloud Peak Wilderness. Ample parking available. Directions: From Sheridan,WY, take WY Highway 332 for 4 miles to WY Highway 335. Drive south about 8 miles, road becomes Forest Service Road 26, travel another 11 miles to Forest Service Road 293.

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Coney Creek Trailhead

Coney Creek Trailhead

Privides acces to: Coney Creek Trail – #021 which enters Cloud Peak Wilderness and travels to Coney Lake. This trailhead also accesses Rock Chuck Pass Trail #418 (non-motorized trail) that accesses Rock Chuck Pass to the West and Twin Lakes to the east. Directions: From Sheridan, WY, take WY 332

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Deer Park Campground

Deer Park Campground

Near the Cloud Peak Wilderness. Directions: From Tensleep, WY, take Hwy 16 for approx 20 miles. Then 6 miles north on FSR 27. Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Edelman Trailhead

Edelman Trailhead

Provides access to: Edelman Trail – #025 which enters Cloud Peak Wilderness in about a half a mile. Suitable for horse trailers. Directions: From Greybull, WY, take Highway 14 east to Forest Service Road 17. Go south approx. 25 miles.

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Hettinger Group Campground

Hettinger Group Campground

Group camping site along the Cloud Peak Skyway. Directions: From Buffalo, WY go west 12 miles Hwy 16, then 0.4 mile west on FSR 131 . Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling or on-line.

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  • Hunter Campground
  • Hunter Campground
  • Hunter Campground
  • Hunter Campground
  • Hunter Campground

Hunter Campground

Developed camping area, popular for horse users. Nearby accesses to Cloud Peak Wilderness and Rock Creek Recommended Wilderness area. Directions: From Buffalo, WY take Highway 16 from for 13 miles west. Then take Forest Road 19 west for 2 miles and go left onto Forest Service Road 396 and follow

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Island Park Campground

Island Park Campground

Along West Tensleep Creek. Directions: From Ten Sleep, WY, take Hwy 16 east 21.2 miles to FSR 27, turn left and drive about 3 miles to the campground. Fees $15 per night. Additional vehicle $9. Limit 2 vehicles per site and 8 people per site. 8 reservable sites.

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Jaws Trailhead

Jaws Trailhead

Good access to Bucking Mule Falls trail and Porcupine Creek. Directions: From Lovell, WY, take Hwy 14A east for 32 miles, then north on FSR 13 for 2 miles to FSR 133.

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Lake View Campground

Lake View Campground

On the northern shore of Meadowlark Lake. Popular trout fishing area. Directions: From Ten Sleep, WY, take Hwy 16 east 20.3 miles and turn right at campground sign. Fees $15 per night. Additional vehicle $9. Limit 2 vehicles per site and 8 people per site. 12 reservable sites.

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Lily Lake Trailhead

Lily Lake Trailhead

Provides access to: Middle Paintrock Trail – #066, which accesses Cloud Peak Wilderness, and Lily Lake. Small parking area with no facilities. Directions: From Ten Sleep, WY, take Highway 16 east. Turn left at sign onto Forest Service Road 27, cross a bridge and go 2 miles, then turn left

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Little Bighorn East Trailhead

Little Bighorn East Trailhead

No facilities are located at this trailhead. Limited parking space. A very narrow access road that requires 4WD in spring and fall. Directions: From Ranchester, WY, take WY 345 for 15 miles to CR 144. Travel approx 20 miles, then left onto FSR 113.

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Little Bighorn West Trailhead

Little Bighorn West Trailhead

Located in an open meadow, this trailhead accesses the Little Horn Trail. Directions: From Lovell, WY, take Hwy 14A –Medicine Wheel Passage Scenic Byway– east approx. 35 miles. Turn north on FSR 14 for about 4 miles.

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Middle Fork Campground

Middle Fork Campground

Off of Cloud Peak Skyway, near YMCA of the Bighorns. Directions: From Buffalo, WY, take Hwy 16 west for 13 miles. Go 0.5 mile west on FSR 373. Reservations: This site can be reserved by calling or on-line. Fees $16 per night. Additional vehicle $9. Limit 2 vehicles per site

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