“A technical and challenging route that connects you with the North and Sage Loops.
— Brian Smith
Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Dec. 1 to March 31 for elk calving.
Elk Traverse starts at the intersections of Faerie Trail
and Bogus Trail
. It side hills around a large ridge, with a right to left slope. If one stops to look West you can see out to Highway 82.
As you leave the traverse, you'll climb a few steep switchbacks before topping out. A quick descent brings one to the intersection of Outer Loop
. Elk Traverse takes a right here. From here to the start of the Northside Loop
the trail climbs steadily. Shortly before you reach the Northside Loop
you may see the Outer Loop
coming in over your left shoulder. The return back to Bogus Trail
and Faerie Trail
is fast and full of excitement making the trip out well worth it.