This is a vast area in the north central part of Wyoming. We made our way from Ranchester, Wyo. climbing up Hwy 14, with great views up this road! There are some campgrounds in this 80 x 30 mile forest. There’s a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) from the Bighorn forest service for the Avenza App. Most people boondock in the forest. We boondocked, North of Burgess Junction off a forest service road. Routes are diverse, from road riding, 4x4 roads and trails. Four days, we rode about 50-70 miles per day.
|Flowers and Rocks|
|Numerous wild flowers|
|Stone pillars made by shepherds|
|Numerous moose in area|
We rode to the north, mapping the trails to make a loop. great views from the top, rock outcroppings and cold clear creeks running. There are several bands of sheep, 4,000 in a group with a sheepherder and guard dogs, please give them a wide berth. Cattle herds can block the road. Cold creeks running, through sagebrush covered hills and forest at the top of the hill. Often you can see a moose, especially if you take a drive after 5pm.
|Mike, Janna, Geri, Larry|
|Clarks, wild flowers and snow|
|Looking over the edge|
|Mike, a cow herder's cabin|
We were riding one day and stopped and visited with a ranch hand, who stays at a line shack. He invited us in for coffee and filled us in on the area. Cattle roaming on the fertile mesas, old buffalo skulls found in the canyons, Indian trails from years ago and bears, elk and moose in the area today. Nothing like hearing about the country from a local!
One day, we hauled down to the south to fs 258 to Shell Creek, we stopped at Upper Medicine Lodge Lake and Painted Rock Lake and campground. On the return trip, we swung over to Shell Reservoir and never got to Adelaide Lake!
|Trail up the sage brush hill|
|Cowboy and his herd|
|High on a hill|
|More rocks and boulders|
Two years ago we rode the southwestern area also. It is a huge area with a wilderness mountain in the middle of the range.
|Numerous hill sides|
|Sage brush and poplars|