However, there has been a gradual increase in the abundance and distribution of non-native mountain goats in this region during five decades. Once you get to the knob the trail becomes defined and will take you right up to the ridgeline. On an earlier excursion I had found a nice fire ring with a trail next to it. Good luck! You can also subscribe without commenting. Sheep Mountain … 2.3. With towering mountains, stunning meadows, and wide open skies, this state is begging to be explored on foot. Location: Medicine Bow National Forest, 21 miles west of Laramie, Wyoming Access: From Exit 311 on I-80 in Laramie, take Hwy 230 south 25.6 miles to Fox Creek Rd near Woods Landing, then head west on Fox Creek Rd 2.1 miles to the TH on the north side of the road. The coordinates for the summit are 044° 26′ 32.51″ N, 109° 19″ 41.75″ W. Sheep Mountain is a typical western hill that has several apparent summits. The road continues 2.5 miles past the overlook and comes to a dead end. The TH I used was burned and difficult to locate in 2013. I will attach a photo or two to show you the trees that are the reference point. If you’re going to do it, stay above all fences to avoid trespassing on private property. The town of Jackson, Wyoming is southwest of the peak. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from April until October. Bighorn sheep rams who appear to be conversing with each other. All Rights Reserved. Trailhead: There are multiple access points to Sheep Mt. Mountain bikes are allowed. Distance: Roughly 15 miles from end to end. But don’t judge a book by its cover. The Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep is the largest wild sheep inhabiting North America. Turn left on Wyoming Highway 11. The hike:From the Sheep Mountain Trailhead (Trail 386) your hike skirts a stand of trees and then moves into a dry open sagebrush hillside, busy with wildflowers in the spring. Beginning where Pine Creek crosses U.S. Highway 191 in Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. I followed it down almost to the north/south running game trails that lead to the access point. Anyone who is interested in visiting Sheep Mountain can print the free topographic map and street map using the link above. Mark Laughlin has already given a great general description of the area in Sheep Mountain Trail, although the GPS track for that trail does not end at the public access at the North Trailhead.Rather, it cuts downhill and west, leaving you on private land relatively far from Hwy 11. I hiked this trail in 1988. The 19,238 acres of Sheep Mountain were designated a National Wildlife Refuge on August 8, 1924 to preserve our elk population. Sheep Mountain is highly visible in this area and yet rarely visited in the easternmost point of the Medicine Bow Range. Wyoming Communities. When you’re looking for a unique getaway in Wyoming, you don’t have to head to the National Parks. It’s considered a sensitive species, imperiled due to its rarity. I have a cache up there too (Northern Trailhead)… a gorgeous spot that i’m planning to ascend tomorrow morning (in the snow/cold) to snag a FTF…. Turn left on Fox Creek Road as Wyoming Highway 11 makes a hard turn to the west. I placed a geocache at N 41 15.557’, W 106 02.699’. It was, indeed, great to get away from graduate school at Univ.Wyo. The Forbes Wildlife trail (Trail 386W) offers somewhat different views as it ascends the sagebrush slopes to join 386. If you’re camping please use established fire rings. I lost the trail on a high, narrow ridge and used a GPS to find my way down. My logic was to stay out of the trees for easier hiking. Geologically speaking, Sheep Mountain is an anticline which is a type of folded bedrock that has an arch-like shape with its oldest rocks at its core. The Fence Creek trail does not join the main Sheep Mountain Trail. What type of feature is this? If you’re looking for a one of a kind overnight stay, visit the Sheep Mountain Lookout tower and stay a night high above the ground. View Sheep Mountain North Image Gallery - 16 Images. . 8. Sheep Mountain () is located in the U.S. state of Wyoming. Climbing over and around this mass of fallen trees and relocating the trail can be a challenge. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Though the summit of this peak looks narrow and exposed, it is actually a beautiful and scenic area. The mountain top is a big surprise, a long basin with flowing streams, abundant wetlands and floating mat bogs. (1), Comments This tool allows you to look up elevation data by searching address or clicking on a live google map. In the Area Localities. It is roadless and the trail is the longest hiking trail on the Wyoming side of the Medicine Bow range. They are generally a dark brown to gray/brown color with a white rump patch, muzzle and back of legs. 130 and 230 a number of times, but didn’t get back to that amazing crest. The trail levels out for miles of walking among the trees, along the sides of bogs and the trickling headwaters of streamlets. But before entering the dark forest, get a good view of the Snowy Range and the Laramie Plain. If you have questions about driving up Sheep Mountain Table, please contact the park at (605) 433-5361. Elevations: Sheep Mountain trailhead (south) 7840’, high point 9480’, north access route 7700’. The property sits west of Cody between the North … For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. I did lose the trail a few times on top, but always got back to it by using the “stick to the ridge” philosophy. They are also prime breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can be fierce near sunset. On one trek I met up with a father and son making an overnight backpack trip of the mountain. Made it a pretty easy overnighter. It fizzles out a couple hundred yards from them but I’m sure this is as the riders approach that area they just take shortest/easiest route. The Forest Service’s Sheep Mountain pamphlet shows a Fence Creek Access as well. Anyone who wants to understand the lay of the land and get a bird’s-eye view of Wyoming’s basin and range topography will enjoy Sheep Mountain. The Just Trails website has some good photos and maps to copy or gps trail beta to download. Sheep Mountain The Sheep Mountain Anticline is situated between the towns of Lovell and Greybull in the northwest part of Wyoming; its long, narrow, and perfectly straight crest is an easily recognizable sight from many areas around the Big Horn Basin. Worked very well! Area 8. There are two southern trailheads: Sheep Mountain Trailhead at 2.3 miles and the Forbes Game and Fish Trailhead at 5.5 miles. This section is pretty steep and probably a few hundred yards. A parcel on Sheep Mountain was recently sold by The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Had I wandered a bit more north and up into the trees I would have stumbled across the trail. Sheep Mountain Summit; Paradise Lake Lake, 3 miles northwest; Mabel Lake Lake, 3½ miles north; Loaf Mountain Summit, 3½ miles northwest; Brown Bear Lake Lake, 3½ miles north; Magdalene Lake Lake, … Coming from the access point you follow the well-defined track that runs easterly then curve to the south as the trail does. So I made it a point to go to that area and follow the well-defined trail. Hazelton Hamlet, 7 miles south; Meadow Lark Lake Hamlet, 11 miles west; Buffalo; Saddlestring Hamlet, 19 miles north; Ten Sleep; Kearny Hamlet, 25 miles north; Landmarks. Visitors who are not driving four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicles can still access the views from the end of Sheep Mountain Table by foot. A few will want to cover the whole 15 miles with a friend, making a route down the plunging sides of the steep draws, 1700 vertical feet to a stashed car. Geometry of Sheep Mountain Anticline [14] Sheep Mountain Anticline is a basement‐cored, doubly plunging, asymmetric fold (Figures 1 and 3). This trail begins as a two-track before turning into a single track that climbs up the north end of Sheep Mountain. [8] Sheep Mountain anticline is located on the eastern flank of the Bighorn Basin (), north central Wyoming, north of the town of Greybull.The Bighorn Basin is a structural low, with the Absaroka Range to the west, the Bighorn Mountains to the east, and the Owl Creek Mountains to the south. Sheep Mountain is a mountain in Wyoming and has an elevation of 7402 feet. ", Images Then just a bit further south, on the east side, there is a double trunked tree next to another tree. © 2020 Roger Ludwig  |  Atlatl theme by Ryan Ludwig, Hiking Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest – Third Edition, http://www.justtrails.com/trails/sheep-mountain/, ← Spring and Fall Hikes at Guernsey State Park, I Love Big Bend National Park. Mullen Fire burning Friday, 9/25 (Red Feather Lodge, Facebook) CASPER, Wyo — The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has issued a full mandatory evacuation for areas near Sheep Mountain to Lake Hattie Reservoir and North of HWY-230 to the Mullen Fire burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest. Always fun exploring up there. Keep your eyes out for posts marking the trail. The North access, which only the crazy or the seriously athletic would want to ascend, begins at a small pull out with on WY 11, 1.9 miles south of WY 130. The Sheep Mountain Trail is a foot/horse trail that winds up an impressive box canyon to the top of Sheep Mountain, where visitors have the freedom to explore … There is a high point of marble off the trail to the west. Location: West of Laramie, southeast of Centennial. 7. Sheep Mt. A large ram (a male sheep) may weigh over 300 pounds and stand over 42 inches tall at the shoulder. This entry was posted in Wyoming and tagged Albany Wyoming, Centennial Wyoming, Laramie Wyoming hiking, Medicine Bow National Forest, Sheep Mountain. Highlights: This is the mountain that everyone sees but few explore, the eastern most spur of the Medicine Bow Range. On a May, 2017, day trip I found a large area of deadfall just past an irrigation headgate. This page shows the elevation/altitude information of Sheep Mountain North, Wyoming, USA, including elevation map, topographic map, narometric pressure, longitude and latitude. Just did the north trailhead access yesterday, using your photo of the unmarked trailhead gate and description of how to pick up the main trail. The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho comprise an important region for bighorn sheep in North America. At the northern end of Sheep Mountain is the location of the Gros Ventre landslide. It’s at elevation 9,445’. I understand from Shan Holyoak who went up earlier in 2017 that the trail is generally clear after that point until it nears the end. Wyoming is pretty much a hiker’s paradise. O ne thing to ponder while wandering about is the fact that Sheep Mountain is actually a portion of Heart Mountain which looms on the horizon to the north. There are a number of nice campsites on top, established by hunters. Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) Taken at various locations along the North Fork Highway and the North Fork Shoshone River in Wyoming west of Cody, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. The mountain top is a big surprise, a long basin with flowing streams, abundant wetlands and floating mat bogs. and “head for the hills,” as it were. The Forbes trail is closed between January 1st and April 30th to protect elk calving. It can be a hot climb, but it doesn’t last long. From the road the mountain simply looks like a narrow ridge. Wyoming Wild Sheep Foundation- Putting And Keeping Kids and Wild Sheep on the Mountain. Sheep Mountain is the large fortress of a mountain that overlooks Buffalo Bill Reservoir from the west near Cody, Wyoming. Sheep Mountain is displayed on the Black Hills USGS quad topo map. Few people will wish to explore this now difficult route. The mountain is an uplift of ancient Precambrian granite, the same pink, coarse grained Sherman type rock we’re familiar with from Pole Mountain. Sheep Mountain from Mapcarta, the free map. Staying on the left of the drainage follow it up 100 yards or so. Sheep Mountain is in the Summits category for Crook County in the state of Wyoming. Sadly this trail receives only sporadic maintenance. Great job describing the trail, although it has changed a bit since my tour. The bogs are interesting and picturesque. Sheep Mountain 10 miles north of Greybull on WY-310: The prominent hill to the east is known as Sheep Mountain. It Nearly Killed Me. From the north end you can see the Snowy Range, Rocky Mountain National Park and the peaks of the Rawah Wilderness. Slightly veer to the north and follow disturbed earth until you reach a small knob. Maps: USGS Rex Lake (north), Lake Owen (south); Medicine Bow National Forest Map, Medicine Bow “Sheep Mountain” pamphlet. The Red Hills Campground is directly across the road from the trailhead. Do you have a GPS? It is the surface expression of an upward fold in the earth’s crust that geologists refer to as an anticline. They’ll be hidden away in this high sanctuary. The canyon runs into private but there is a trail that skirts above this private and around to the Northern USFS Sheep Trailhead on the Centennial Road. Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier. Near the top, you'll find an extended basin … I haven’t been back to Sheep Mountain since (passed it by on Wyo. Search Site. When you find it, log in, take a trinket and leave a trinket. Sheep Mountain forms a long ridge in the Gros Ventre Range and is easily seen from Jackson Hole. "Health is simply the slowest possible rate at which one can die. This year 44 sheep were counted on the north end and 37 on the southern end. https://www.geowyo.com/ancient-river-channel--sheep-mountain.html Hiking info, trail maps, and trip reports from North Sheep Mountain (8,061 ft) in Wyoming Pointers: While in the open sage keep your eyes out for the Colorado Tansy-aster (Machaeranthera Coloradoensis), a pink, rose or purple ray flower with golden centers, sprouting from a grayish white herb with coarsely toothed leaves. As I rushed to get off the trail by dark I envied them. The order is given in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Blue Team Incident Command on the … At the north end though, the rock changes, showing an even older, darker granite and hornblende gneiss. Check out: http://www.justtrails.com/trails/sheep-mountain/, Trailhead: From Cheyenne take I-80 to Laramie, Exit 311, go southwest on WY 230 for 23 miles, turn north on Fox Creek Road (Forest Service 311). Hiking Sheep Mountain Table. Geologists speculate that Heart Mountain detached from its parent rock some 30 miles to the west and slid out onto the Big Horn Basin. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme difficile. Its NW–SE trend is similar to that of many folds within the Rocky Mountains, although some others formed at acute angles to … Sheep Mountain is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cody, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The rock layers closer to the road are older than the rocks at the top of the ridge, at the yellow place marker. I noticed that some campsites have been made on hill tops to catch a breeze, hopefully strong enough to keep the weak flyers grounded. Most hikers will make a day of Sheep Mountain, turning back when dinner calls. Good to see this site. Sheep Mountain is in the Gros Ventre Wilderness of Bridger-Teton National Forest. →. You will pass, on your right, a heavily vegetated area. This is an image of the land near Block Mountain, Montana. The Sheep Mountain Trail can be reached from two trailheads along Fox Creek Road. The 19,238 acres of Sheep Mountain were designated a National Wildlife Refuge on August 8, 1924 to preserve our elk population. Sheep Mountain. You’ll cross a two track and some underground piping. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail. the National Elk Refuge boundary at the north end of the town of Jackson; southerly, easterly and northerly along said boundary to the Grand Teton National Park boundary; northerly along said boundary to U.S. Highway 26-287; easterly along said highway to Togwotee Pass. Who is Going to Love It. It goes through an area that was heavily burned during the Squirrel Creek fire of July 2012. However, this remarkable beauty can make avoiding crowded trails a bit of a struggle. There is an old road in a canyon on the north east end of Sheep (Johns Cr.). Don’t forget repellent, whether coming day or night. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités et sa meilleure utilisation est de mai à octobre. Bighorn sheep have historically been in two separate herds with approximately half occupying the northern portion of the range and the other half in the southern end of the range. Guide: After the first mile it levels out for another one mile, and then climbs steeply into the refreshing shade of lodgepole pines. Then more deadfall makes travel difficult. There is no sign at that mountain top junction. It is roadless and the … This is an image of the northern end of Sheep Mountain, Wyoming. These trees are just to the left of a very tiny drainage. From Laramie, travel on Wyoming Highway 130 west toward Centennial. Sheep Mountain Trail est un sentier allez-retour de 11.1 miles peu fréquenté situé près de Laramie, Wyoming. Encompassing a space of nearly ten square miles, it is the last peak that sits between the North and South Forks of the Shoshone River before they join at the reservoir. The mountain goats have generally occupied the central portion of the range. This was cleared of deadfall in 2007 about to the middle of sect27. Our gorgeous mountains and high desert prairie are home to some of the coolest places on Earth! You may want to create a temporary marker of sorts so you recognize your return route. From Kelly, Wyoming, take Gros Ventres Road north and east, about 1/3 mile past the junction of Antelope Flats and Gros Ventres Road. © 2006-2020 SummitPost.org. My off-trail route up the mountain basically was always a bit south of the trail. But, what I want to tell you all about is that I discovered a trail that descends most of the way down to the access point off of hwy 11. All, I hiked Sheep Mtn last Monday/Tuesday south to north. (16), Climber's Log Entries Marc Smith’s Hiking Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest – Third Edition, Erik Molvar’s Wild Wyoming. Near Greybull, Wyoming is a long ridge called Sheep Mountain. 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