Hiking The Dry Fork Ridge

The 11th most popular hiking trail in Wyoming.

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West of Sheridan and southwest of Ranchester, the Dry Fork Ridge area has 6 miles of hiking routes at altitudes above 7,500.

The hiking trail begins on Freezeout Road #528 from Fool Creek Ridge to Dry Fork Ridge sign. The trail ends at Road Closed sign.

Directions from Sheridan: Take Interstate 90 west to Ranchester. Head west on US14 to Burgess Junction. Turn right on FDR #532 Burgess Road. Go northwest for five miles to junction of #528. Turn right and go 4 1/2 miles down Fool Creek Ridge to Dry Fork Road sign.

The Dry Fork Ridge Road starts up a steep hill to the ridge top, and then along the ridge itself. It crosses open parks and passes through timber patches of lodge pole and lumber pine, and later spruce and fir. The parks are grass and broad leafed plants, or sagebrush and grass. From Riley Point one can see most of the Little Horn drainage. The steepest climb is in the first mile from Fool Creek Ridge. Difficult trail. Good ground clearance a must. Trail is impassible when wet. Large vehicles with campers will have a hard time getting between trees and around sharp turns.

Overall, Dry Fork Ridge is the 11th most popular hiking trail of all 18 hikes in Wyoming.

Dry Fork Ridge Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Bighorn National Forest (307) 674-2600; Custer Tourism (406) 665-1671; Sheridan Tourism (307) 672-2485; Wyoming Tourism (307) 777-7777

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Wyoming" from Bill Hunger

Best Season:  Jun. - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Log Cabin Motel, Ten Sleep; NFS Porcupine CG; Spahn s B&B, Big Horn (307) 674-8150

Luxury Loding:  Paintrock Inn, Hyattville; Meadowlark Lake Resort (307) 366-2424.

Breakfast Restaurant:  Flagstaff Cafe; Mountain Man Cafe, Ten Sleep;

Reference Source:  click here https://www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn

GPS:  44.9809, -107.6463

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  4/1/2018

ID:  15083

Dry Fork Ridge Hiking Map


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