The Bus Loop

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Rank: #1 in the The Bus Loops area
#36 in WY, #1,867 Overall
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Mar 6 Green - Mostly Dry
Featured Ride in the area near Lander,
“This short XC loop near Lander winds through sandy singletrack and slickrock reminiscent of Moab.”
Darran Wells on Apr 7, 2013
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6.410.3 milesKilometers 1,044’318 m Ascent 6,132’1,869 m High 6% Avg Grade (4°)
80% Singletrack -1,037’-316 m Descent 5,761’1,756 m Low 25% Max Grade (14°)
Cattle grazing in the area in late Spring and early Summer can make things a bit unpleasant.
The primary draw for this trail is its close proximity to Lander, WY. Most years, its good riding from April to November. It features some very fun slickrock with blobs, bubbles, and dishes that make for a great playground. The ridgelines offer views of Lander Valley to the East and the Wind River mountains to the West.
Need To Know
Don't be afraid to stop and play on the slickrock. There are plenty of fun challenging sandstone obstacles to climb or launch from. Much of the doubletrack in the valleys can be avoided on faint singletrack in the sagebrush that parallels the 2 tracks.
From the parking lot, cross the street and head left on the Main Trail. As you crest a small hill, the trail will drop down into a wash and cross a doubletrack. Continue SW on sandy doubletrack. After a .5 mile gentle climb, veer left on the singletrack known as the G&T.

Climb a steep trail heading east for about .2 miles to an intersection and stay left. Climb switchbacks to the northeast for about .7 miles up to the East Ridge Road. Turn left on the doubletrack road and descend about .2 miles to singletrack on the right just before a fence. This is the Backside trail.

Wind your way through thick sagebrush and several gullies heading southwest passing a doubletrack along the way until the trail Ts into another doubletrack with a fence on the far side.

Climb steep doubletrack to meet up with East Ridge Road. Turn left on East Ridge Road and climb 100 yds to a gated fence. Facing the fence, you'll see singletrack on right. This is the Cactus Patch Downhill Trail.

Let er rip for .5 miles dropping several short ledges and passing through several gullies. Watch a few mandatory drops and loose sand. Eventually, the Cactus Patch will spit you out in the bottom of a big gully. From here, turn right on to the Gully Rim trail. Climb easy .2 miles to intersection and saddle.

Turn around (180 degrees) to head down the fast flowy Main Trail which veers to the right and heads southwest for a mile to another 2track. Turn right and climb Eternity Hill 2doubletrack for .5 miles to the top of West Ridge. Crest the hill and take in the stunning views of the Wind River Mountains to the west.

Descend north on West Ridge Road for just 100 yards or so before making a sharp left turn onto steep singletrack. The Drop will put you at an intersection with the Slick Rock Trail. Stay right. (If you go left, you end up on private land.) Follow the sandy slickrock trail for .4 miles northwest winding up hills and through gullies. At the next intersection (a hairpin left turn immediately after a shallow gully), head west up to your first encounter w/ slickrock. Follow slickrock and sandy bits until the trail dumps you out onto a blissful sandstone playland of funky blobs and dishes. Continue northwest along the edge slickrock, keeping the sand on your R until you begin to descend heading northeast. Descend until the slickrock comes to an unfortunate end, keeping an eye to your L to find a sandy singletrack heading NW.

Continue downhill and on to the doubletrack which will turn to the NE. Pass the junk car and continue on the sandy road 100 yds until you see singletrack on your L. Pop up on the singletrack and gently climb to a saddle just above the parking lot. Rather than bombing straight down to the lot, veer L and get another 150 yards of nice flowing singletrack through the sage. It dumps you abruptly onto the road so watch out for traffic!!! Turn right on the road and coast 100 yards back to your car.
History & Background
The public land between Baldwin Crk Road and Squaw Crk Road near Lander, WY is commonly called the Bus because there is an old VW bus that became stuck in the sand and abandoned many years ago. The Bus area is a bit over 2 square miles managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the State of Wyoming. Cattle are released in May and linger during early summer. Motorized vehicles are no longer allowed. The topography of the Bus is characterized by 2 main ridges which run from NW to SE. The Main Road is a sandy doubletrack which divides the ridges and heads SW to a 4-way dirt road intersection at a saddle (Saltlick Junction). As of April 2013, there are no trail signs marking any of the trails or roads at the Bus.
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One of the best backcountry loops you'll find in Wyoming.
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A very short, but fun loop just few miles from town of Lander.
near Lander, WY

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PHOTOS of The Bus Loop
  3.7 from 3 votes
Sick Rock play area. Bring your helmet. (Lander, WY)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Phil on Cactus Patch. (Lander, WY)
  3.0 from 3 votes
View of the Wind River Mtns from Eternity Hill. (Lander, WY)
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Dropping to slickrock. (Lander, WY)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Descending the Cactus Patch (Lander, WY)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Jeff climbs the G & T before a spring storm moves in. Facing North. (Lander, WY)
  2.3 from 4 votes
Parking area. No signs, so be looking for it on your right as you drive ... (Lander, WY)