Hiking The Cache Creek/Game Creek Loop
The 12th most popular hiking trail in Wyoming.
Thursday 23 June 2016 04:06 GMT
Near Jackson in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, the Cache Creek/Game Creek Loop, nearly 23 miles, offers the best of all worlds to hikers -- wide jeep trails through a beautiful canopy of conifers, steep trails to high alpine meadows, and a heavenly descent. Leaving from the base of Snow King Mountain in Jackson, the wide trail follows Cache Creek through cool, dense forest. The hiking trail quickly becomes steeper, easing a bit as it nears its junction with Game Creek. Along the way, several small, clear streams feed into Cache Creek.
Crossing a footbridge over the Cache, the trail becomes very steep for about 100 yards before easing a bit. Another half-mile of uphill work leads to a high saddle, bisecting a beautiful, verdant meadow. From here, the few miles of uphill climb pay off in a big way with nearly five miles of the best downhill imaginable. Although a little rocky at the top, the trail becomes hard-packed sand, plummeted the biker magically down a twisting, perfectly banked trail. Trail soon meets up with U.S. 191. Continuing north, slightly uphill, along the wide shoulder, look for the South Park Road turnoff and take a left. This road provides a much more pleasant ride back into town, taking the rider through a scenic, shaded lane which reveals the areas slow, sad evolution from sprawling ranches to tony subdivisions.
Overall, Cache Creek/Game Creek Loop is the 12th most popular hiking trail of all 18 hikes in Wyoming. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Cache Creek/Game Creek Loop including CDT - South Pass City to Big Sandy Lake, Cascade Canyon / Lake Solitude Trail, Teton Crest Trail and Death Canyon Trail.