Big Horns National Forest
This place is amazing. The trail was so diverse. Soft, hard, gentle, rugged....at times I felt I was walking through the scenes in Lord of the Rings (one of my faves)!
"The Big Horn Mountains extend from the plains and Great Basin area of Wyoming northward into south central Montana. The Big Horn Mountains and Bighorn National Forest are an outdoor paradise filled with recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking, sightseeing, photography, snowmobiling, skiing, and sledding.
The Bighorn National Forest, including the Cloud Peak Wilderness, is unique and diverse. Within the National Forest area, you can encounter grass prairies, evergreen forests, mountain meadows, rugged alpine peaks, dramatic canyons, arid desert lands, and cascading waterfalls - all within a day's journey."
By and far our backpacking trip to the Big Horns was one of our favorites. We settled into West Ten Sleep Lake Campground. We set up camp and enjoyed two days and nights here getting ready for our backpack into the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area. We fished and relaxed and acclimated to the elevation. Then we set out on our backpacking adventure. It was late June and there was still a chill in the air.