Hiking The Red Mountain / Pipeline Trail

The 18th most popular hiking trail in Wyoming.

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West of Encampment in the Medicine Bow National Forest, the Red Mountain / Pipeline Trail #412 is a 12 mile route. The trail winds through mixed conifer and aspen forests in the Huston Park Wilderness. The trail is marked with rock cairns, posts, and tree blazes. These may be difficult to locate, always carry a topographic map and be prepared for the wilderness challenge.

Directions To Trailhead

#1:Travel west of Encampment on Wyoming Highway 70 for 6 miles, turn onto National Forest System Road (NFSR) 550 and drive for approximately 21 miles. Turn onto NFSR 809 and travel northwest for one mile; the trailhead is located at this point on the right hand side of the road.

#2: Take Wyoming Highway 70 for 12 miles west of Encampment. The hiking trailhead is located on Battle Pass follow the Continental Divide Trail signs.

Overall, Red Mountain / Pipeline Trail is the 18th most popular hiking trail of all 18 hikes in Wyoming. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Red Mountain / Pipeline Trail including Encampment River Trail, Snowy Range Network, Pipeline Trailhead and Divide Peak Trail.


Local Contact(s):  Medicine Bow National Forest (307) 326-5258

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Wyoming" from Bill Hunger

Best Season:  June - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NFS Encampment River Campground; Hanging Bull Lodge, Encampment (307) 327-6505

Luxury Loding:  Drummonds Ranch, Laramie (307) 634-6042; Snowy Mountain Lodge (866) GO-SNOWY

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

Date Published:  5/19/2016

Date Updated:  3/27/2018

ID:  17562


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