Become a Trail Monster This Summer
Photos: Sheridan Community Land Trust
Nice Hikes with SCLT’s Chris Vrba
Bringing the forest down the mountain
Experience the forest without the forest roads. Those jarring, wash-board, rutted rides down strips of rock and mud may not be for you. Thankfully, Red Grade Trails, which start at approximately 7,800 feet, offer nearly 6 miles of easy-to-moderate difficulty for hiking and biking. As you go, you’ll wind through mixed conifer and aspen forest, switch-back across an open bluff with exposed rock outcroppings, sweep down into a prairie grass meadow and climb up a steep gully to fantastic vistas.
The natural destination to get outdoors
Officially opening in June, Hidden Hoot Trail on the west edge of Sheridan winds along 3 beautiful miles of natural habitat in a quiet, sheltered setting, enjoyable for bikers, runners, hikers and walkers alike. You can access Hidden Hoot from the Sheridan Pathways system. A second build, planned for early 2020, will connect Hidden Hoot with the classic Soldier Ridge Trail.
TONGUE RIVER WATER TRAIL
Sheridan County’s new paddling destination
Even in the shadow of the Bighorns, summer can be hot in Sheridan, especially in July and August. Make a splash this summer along the Tongue River Water Trail, where SCLT has partnered with both public and private landowners to establish 15 access sites and four portages along the Tongue River downstream of Ranchester, along Big Goose, Little Goose and Goose Creeks.
TODAY’S TRAIL CONDITIONS
New, user-driven group for trail updates, so you can “know before you go”
Have you ever spent the day longing to hit the trail, only to find it’s closed or too muddy to use once you get there? SCLT’s “Sheridan Trail Conditions” Facebook group tracks local trail conditions and invites folks to post pics and other updates from amazing places like Tongue River Canyon, Penrose, the Bighorn National Forest and more.
Learn more and download printable trail maps at sheridanclt.org. #OptOutdoors
By: Chris R. Vrba for 82801 Life Magazine, the city’s new source for summer fun outdoors!