The Rock Creek Trail is open all year.
It is open to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, however horseback riding is not advised due to very rocky sections of trail and some very steep sidehills. Dogs are welcome.
None of the trailheads have a day use or parking fee, however there is a fee to use the Deep Creek Campground.
There is 1 moderate trail totaling 11.1 miles.
There is 1 difficult trail totaling 2.0 miles.
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The Rock Creek Trail follows both Rock Creek and Deep Creek for 11.1 miles.
1.5 miles into the hike you will come across an old miners cabin. A few hundred feet past the cabin you will find what remains of an old mine along the steep hillside above the creek.
Later you will find three bridges which cross creeks and streams feeding into Rock Creek. Each provides good opportunities for pictures. There are also several side trails that lead to good campsites.
6.5 miles into the hike you will leave Rock Creek and follow Deep Creek the rest of the way to Sand Lake. If you have time a detour up to Crater Lake will be worth it.
For a much more in depth review, you can read what our friend Roger Ludwig wrote about this trail on his website Away From The Grind.
If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the Rock Creek Trail:
- 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 more information about the Rock Creek Trail 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 trail ranges in elevation from 7,860 feet at the North Trailhead to 10,060 feet at the Southern Trailhead.
The easiest trailhead to get to is the one in the north. Follow I-80 west from Laramie and get off at Arlington (Exit 272). Turn left, drive under the highway and turn right on the first gravel road. Take the first left at Tyler Sims Outfitting and follow the road to the end. The south trailhead can be reached by traveling west from Centennial on WY 130 to Sand Lake Road and then following Sand Lake Road for 17 Miles to the parking area below Sand Lake.
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