Trail L - Sheepnose

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  4.3 from 3 votes
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Rank: #18 in the Black Hills area
#87 in WY, #2,876 Overall
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May 22 Green - Dry
Trail in the area near Sundance,
“A connector trail providing access to the northern most reaches of the Bearlodge System.”
Adrian Whitmore on May 1, 2013
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5.69.0 milesKilometers 1,589’484 m Ascent 5,699’1,737 m High 8% Avg Grade (5°)
Singletrack Type -806’-246 m Descent 4,824’1,471 m Low 18% Max Grade (10°)
Sheepnose is quite difficult if ridden from the lower portion of Ogden Creek, but much more fun and easier to follow if started from the smaller Trail M -Sheepnose Mountain trail. Sheepnose is all singletrack with heavy to moderate horse usage and is very far from the Southern section of trails. However, its beauty and the surrounding landscape is worth the trip.

Sheepnose connects to the Peterson Springs area and Trail K - Richardson Fire. Carsonite signs and Rock cairns mark the more southern sections of this trail. Wildlife sightings in this area are common. Elk, Turkey, Mule Deer and White Tail are seen on most occasions. Cougars are prevalent as well, so be wary. Poison Ivy is also present in the lower northern section and lowest southern section.

Travel south from Sheepnose Mountain and into Cole Canyon. From there, using the trails through pines and scrub oaks, you'll seen the signage for the uphill climb. Turn right here (see the marking) and follow the trail's switchbacks up. You may have to walk this section as it always seems to be loose and rocky. Proceed east looking for the cairns and then Carsonites across the sidehill. Pines have been planted here in wake of a fire. Soon after entering the burn area you'll ride onto an old two track that was used for the fire. Proceed south and come to the junction of Richardson/Peterson where you'll descend to Trail A - Ogden Creek. This descent is hard on brakes, but gives a very wonderful view of the Government Valley prairie. Utilizing the rock cairns you'll find the descent into Ogden Creek.
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A quick theft of time for a ride.
near Sundance, WY
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The classic loop in the Bearlodge mountains if you only have time for one ride.
near Sundance, WY

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PHOTOS of Trail L - Sheepnose
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View looking south at the Tent Canyon Ridge and Ogden Creek drainage, Ph... (Sundance, WY)
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Looking East at Crow Peak photo by Ryan Cherveny (Sundance, WY)