The Platte River Wilderness is open all year. The Six Mile Trailhead is closed from November 15th through April 30th each year and the other trailheads are difficult to get to in the winter.
It is open to hiking and horseback riding. Dogs are welcome.
It is a designated Wilderness Area so mountain biking is not allowed along with many other special protections.
None of the trailheads have a day use or parking fee, however they are all in or near camping areas that do have a fee. Pay attention to where you park.
There are 3 moderate trails totaling 19.3 miles.
There are 2 difficult trails totaling 12.2 miles.
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The Platte River Wilderness has almost 32 miles of trails and some great diversity.
There are some fascinating historical sites. Devils Gate Creek has what remains of Thompson Lodge and an old Timber Flume. There is also a small cabin near the start of Douglas Creek Trailhead.
The Platte River and Douglas Creek are both popular fishing locations for both people and Golden Eagles.We’ve seen moose and big horn sheep here and even caught sight of a bear once.
Do be careful while crossing creeks and rivers as there are no bridges. This is especially so on the Platte River Trail in spring and early summer when the river is at its highest.
If you are looking for a guide to take with you in the Platte River Wilderness:
- You can view, download, and print a PDF version of our free trail guide.
- You can find these trails in our Snowy Range and Pole Mountain Trail Deck sold through our partner, Laramie’s Basecamp.
- The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest has a page dedicated to the Platte River Wilderness and they publish the Medicine Bow National Forest Map – Waterproof.
- These trails are also part of the Hiking Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest – Third Edition book by Marc Smith.
The trails range in elevation from 7,440 feet at the Platte River Trailhead to 9,000 feet along the Platte Ridge Trail.
Traveling southeast form Laramie on Wyoming Highway 230 you will come to Forest Road 512 (also the road to Fox Park) after 34 miles. Follow Forest Road 512 for 13 miles to the turn off for Forest Road 506 which will take you to the Devils Gate Trailhead. Or follow Forest Road 512 for 27 miles to the Douglas Trailhead.
If you stay on Wyoming Highway 230 and take the first right turn after crossing into Colorado you will be on Forest Road 898 which will take you to the Pelton Creek Trailhead.
The Six Mile Gap Trailhead can be reach from Forest Road 492 which is 10 miles north of the Colorado Border and 23 miles south of Encampment on Wyoming Highway 230
Select the Google Map tab next to the Just Trails Map tab at the top of the page to see a directions map.
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