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jt-clearThe Rock Creek Trail is open all year.


jt-checkIt 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.


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jt-clearNone of the trailheads have a day use or parking fee, however there is a fee to use the Deep Creek Campground


jt-moderateThere is 1 moderate trail totaling 11.1 miles.


jt-moderateThere is 1 difficult trail totaling 2.0 miles.


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Description

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.

Guides

If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the Rock Creek Trail:

Trails

Bridge and Waterfall along Rock Creek Trail

The trail ranges in elevation from 7,860 feet at the North Trailhead to 10,060 feet at the Southern Trailhead.

jt-moderate Rock Creek Trail (11.1 Miles)

jt-difficult Crater Lake Trail (2.0 Miles)

Directions

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.

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 the Rock Creek Trail below.

North Parking Area

South Trailhead

 

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User Comments

  1. Julie Rayda |

    We hiked from the Deep Creek Campground in and out either 3.69 miles (Garmin) or 5.5 miles (MapMyRide) yesterday (9/9/15). The trail is in great shape and easy to follow. We fished Deep Creek on our way out and caught lots of little trout – fun, but don’t count on lunch!

  2. Al |

    Two things surprised me about this trail. The first was the mine shaft just past the old cabin still has rails for ore cars sticking out of the side hill. The second was just how steep and rocky some of the sidehills were in the Northern sections of the trail.

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