This is a classic example of a backcountry Wind River Range ride. This ride skirts the Popo Agie Wilderness Area, climbing through aspen and lodgepole stands, along a number of pristine mountain creeks and descends a beautiful river canyon. It offers something for those seeking a longer, more technical mountain bike ride in the Lander area.
Beginning in Sinks Canyon Campground, start with a pedally climb on the Brewer's Trail to the upper meadows of The Catalyst
Trail. This trail is all brand new, extremely well-benched, 100% singletrack with some sections reaching above 15% grade. It's a nice reprieve from the climb as you pedal through the non-technical upper meadow sections of The Catalyst
Trail. Top out at the Fossil Hill parking lot (there's a single pit toilet there).
From there, continue up the Louis Lake Rd., following signs to Worthen Meadow/Reservoir Campground.
From the Worthen Meadow Trailhead, begin a short but technical, very rocky climb along the Middle Fork Trail
. The descent from Sheep's Bridge to the Middle Fork Trail
is rocky (ranging from gravel to baby heads to refrigerator-sized boulders) and technical, requiring some hike-a-bike sections and/or advanced bike handling skills.
The Middle Fork Trail
to Popo Agie Falls is a popular hiking route. You'll likely meet hikers and possibly dogs on the trail. Please be courteous and yield to uphill traffic. Carrying a bell is not a bad idea as there are a number of high-speed sections on this trail. This loop is best ridden on weekday mornings or evenings.