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Sheep Mountain Trail

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13.2 Miles 21.2 Kilometers


Singletrack

2,110' 643 m

Ascent

-1,470' -448 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

9,502' 2,896 m

High

7,816' 2,382 m

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Shared By mark laughlin

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A tough climb with rewarding, spectacular scenery.

mark laughlin

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Sheep Mountain is highly visible in this area and yet rarely visited in the easternmost point of the Medicine Bow Range. Though the summit of this peak looks narrow and exposed, it is actually a beautiful and scenic area. Near the top, you'll find an extended basin with snowmelt streams, wetlands, and bog mats.

The initial climb from Fox Creek Road is steep and very technical for about 1/4 mile, then just becomes a steady ascent for 3.5 miles. The higher altitude adds to the challenge of this trail and the further along the trail you get, the more difficult it is to follow the route. Most visitors, whether hikers, bikers, or horseback riders will use this trail as an out-and-back, turning around whenever suits their fitness and time commitment.

The entire trail stretches right through the middle of this mountainous peninsula and is the longest trail on the Wyoming side of the Medicine Bow Range.

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Sep 3, 2018
Richard Hackett
DO NOT RIDE THE ENTIRE TRAIL SOUTH TO NORTH, AS THERE IS NO TRAIL ON THE UNRIDEABLE STEEP 1,000-FOOT LOOSE DEADFALL/SAGE/ROCK HILL END "DESCENT" 15mi — 7h 15m

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As mentioned the 1st quarter mile is chunky, loose and a bit steep - difficult to ride. The climb from there to the 3.5 mile mark is tough but reasonable. After the 4 miles mark there are numerous downed trees and moving slow makes you a prime target for the mosquitoes and they are ravenous. I turned at the 5 mile mark as I didn't see it getting better. Jun 22, 2018
Rode the entire trail as a shuttle on September 3, 2018. DO NOT RIDE THE ENTIRE TRAIL SOUTH TO NORTH UNLESS YOU LOVE HIKING DOWN AN UNRIDEABLE STEEP 1,000 FOOT LOOSE DEADFALL/SAGE/ROCK HILL WITH NO TRAIL! The ride description does not mention that there is no trail AT ALL on the steep descent on the northern end. There isn't any evidence that a trail EVER existed on the steep downhill if you follow the MTB Project GPS track using the app. The faint trail at the top before the steep descent simply disappears into nothing. There's no trail on the USFS map. NONE. What the??? If you want to have an enjoyable ride, do this as an out and back starting from the south trailhead. You'll start hitting deadfall at about 3.5-miles in, but it's not too bad, you can ride around much of it. If you're ok with deadfall and route-finding, continue to a small saddle at about 6.5-miles in, eat lunch, then turn around and enjoy mostly XC-type terrain (with the deadfall, of course). The trail was bone-dry on Sept. 3, 2018. No mosquitoes at all. It's a beautiful, lonely area. We saw just two backbackers during the whole 15-mile ride. It's a shame this trail is slowly disappearing, I hope the Forest Service or local MTB club can clear the deadfall and keep it alive. Sep 4, 2018

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