The South Branch Trails are open all year. Forest Road 701E is closed to motorized vehicles in the spring, usually from March 1st to May 25th. Hiking this extra distance will add 0.8 miles each way.
It is open to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Dogs are welcome.
There are no parking or day use fees.
The are 3 easy trails totaling 4.2 miles.
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South Branch Trail is one of the less well known and less frequently used trails in the Pole Mountain area.
The main trail follows the South Branch of the North Fork of Crow Creek for a little over two miles. This trail and the Spur Trail provide easy scenic views of the many beaver dams along the creek. Stock Trail leaves the creek and heads northwest for over a mile and a half before ending at Forest Road 701GA.
There are no markers along these trails but they are well worn so they are only difficult to follow in the winter when covered with snow.
If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the South Branch 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 publishes the Medicine Bow National Forest Map – Waterproof but this trail is not on it.
The trails range in elevation from 7,520 to 8,000 feet.
South Branch Trail can be reached by traveling west from Cheyenne on Wyoming Highway 210 (Happy Jack Road) for about 28 Miles or by getting off Interstate 80 at exit 323 and traveling east on Wyoming Highway 210 for about 8 miles. The turn off for Forest Road 701E will be to the northeast at mile marker 30.
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