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The Basics


jt-clearThe Sheep Mountain Trail is open all year from the Sheep Mountain Trailhead but the Wildlife Area (from the Game and Fish Trailhead) is usually closed from January 1st through April 30th to protect elk winter range and calving.


jt-checkIt is open to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Dogs are welcome.


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jt-clearThere are no parking or day use fees.


jt-moderateThere are 3 difficult trails totaling over 13.8 miles.


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Description

No matter which way you approach it, the Sheep Mountain Trail is steep.The climb from to the main trail intersection from the Sheep Mountain Trailhead is 1314 feet in 3.5 miles and 1164 feet in 2.3 miles from the Game and Fish Trailhead.

Your reward for all that works is a mountain top forest to explore with creeks and abundant camping spots (usually) to yourself.

This is a good place to spot elk and moose and you will hike past an old mine if you start from the Sheep Mountain Trailhead.

There is another short trail following Fence Creek that used to connect to the Sheep Mountain Trail. But it disappears near where Fence Creek turns hard to the north.

For a second opinion, you can read what our friend Roger Ludwig has written about Sheep Mountain Trail on his website Away From The Grind.

Guides

If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the Sheep Mountain:

Trails

Sheep Mountain Trail

These trails range in elevation from 7600 feet to 9540 feet.

jt-difficult Sheep Mountain Trail (10.5 Miles)

jt-difficult Wildlife Habitat Trail (2.3 Miles)

jt-difficult Fence Creek Trail (1.0 Mile)

Directions

The Sheep Mountain Trail can be reached from two trailheads along Fox Creek Road. From Laramie, travel on Wyoming Highway 130 west toward Centennial. Turn left on Wyoming Highway 11. Turn left on Fox Creek Road as Wyoming Highway 11 makes a hard turn to the west. Or you can leave Laramie heading west on Wyoming Highway 230 and turn right on Fox Creek Road before you get to Woods Landing.

Select the Google Map tab next to the Just Trails Map tab at the top of the page to see a directions map.

You can help other people explore by leaving some comments about Sheep Mountain below.

Sheep Mountain Trailhead

Wildlife Habitat Parking Area

 

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User Comments

  1. Roger Ludwig |

    The Forbes Game & Fish trail is now closed only from January 1 through April 30.

    • Thanks Roger, I’ve updated the page and we’ll get working on the maps too.

  2. Al |

    When I hiked this one on June 5th I didn’t find any snow. I did see some bear scat along the trail about 6 miles into the hike. I also saw some mountain bike tracks up there. My hat’s off to whoever climbed up there on a bike. It’s not technical but its a beast.

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