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Big Sandy Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (4)

An easy trail along a beautiful sandy river that passes through meadows and up past Big Sandy Lake.


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

97%

Runnable

9,738' 2,968 m

High

9,093' 2,771 m

Low

721' 220 m

Up

98' 30 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

There are plenty of roots to look out for on this run, and unless you go late in the season plenty of muddy spots as well.

Description

From the trailhead, start running down slightly and then along an almost level path through forests and following the Big Sandy River. Eventually, you'll break out of the forest into a beautiful meadow where the river meanders lazily. Here you'll begin to see the large peaks that make up the area around Big Sandy Lake. You'll continue to weave in and out of forests and meadows near the river until you ascend to the river's ancient terrace, which you'll be on until you reach the southern end of the lake.

As you run by the lake, you'll start to see Haystack Mountain, and as you continue along the shore of the lake you'll drop down until you are almost level with the lake, and then cross a vibrant stream, then you'll reach the north end of the lake. From here, you'll be able to see Temple Peak and East Temple Peak, two fine specimens. It is a pretty level trail with very little elevation gain over the course of it, but it is still enjoyable throughout the entire trail!

Flora & Fauna

A plethora of different kinds of wildflowers (Indian Paintbrush, Columbine, Fireweed, etc.)

Contacts

Shared By:

Tomsen Reed

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  4.0 from 4 votes

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#209

in Wyoming

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Photos

Big Sandy Lake sunset.
Aug 4, 2016 near Lander, WY
Nice teaser views of Big Sandy river before you get the views of the mountains.
Dec 22, 2020 near Big Sandy, WY

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