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Sheep Creek Trail #218, MT

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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 12 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,483 feet
Elevation Gain 2,588 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,588 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 24.94
Interest Perennial Creek
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18  2017-07-12 Steph_and_Blake
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → Early
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  7:51am - 4:45pm
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by Steph_and_Blake

After having spent the majority of the day fishing, as the locals say, "between the lakes" (Earthquake Lake and Hegben Lake in western Montana), we wanted a short hike to stretch our legs. We chose Sheep Creek as it was on our way back to the campground. With only an hour in which to hike, we agreed to go out for 30 minutes and turn around.


The trail was very easy to find - just drive out Sheep Creek Road until it ends at a dirt parking lot and you see the sign for "Sheep Creek Trailhead". Right away we crossed Sheep Creek itself (and would do so several more times during the hike) and were completely WOWED by the wildflowers. I mean, blown away! We counted 29 different species in the first 30 minutes we were out. The views, for at least the portion that we hiked, were limited to the creek, pine and aspen trees, and small meadows. The trail (mostly dirt, occasional rock, single-track) continued on, but, alas, we had to turn around.

I've since read that Sheep Creek trail is also good for mountain biking and horse riding. In fact, per the Gallatin National Forest website, the trail terminates at a high alpine lake with spectacular views and you can connect this trail with others in the area. Although we didn't make it to the lake, I rated this hike a 3.0 given the round-trip length.

Steph_and_Blake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From West Yellowstone, travel 8 miles north on Hwy 191, left on Hwy 287 and go 22 miles. Turn left on Hwy 87. Travel 1 mile to Sheep Creek Road and turn left. Follow the gravel road for two miles to the trailhead, #218.
    page created by Steph_and_Blake on Jul 22 2017 1:15 pm
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