Sherd Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,559' 475 m
Descent: -1,559' -475 m
High: 9,395' 2,864 m
Low: 8,180' 2,493 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“This trail visits multiple alpine lakes in the Bighorns.”— Russell Hobart
After a short while, the trail visits an assortment of lily-filled alpine lakes only for you to arrive at Sherd Lake. Enjoy a moment at the lake before continuing through a mile of powerful incline until you arrive at Rainy Lake and the Willow Lake Trail. From here, you slowly begin to make your way down.
You'll first come to the open wetland of Otter Lake. Continue down an open ridge, and in a short while, you'll find the turnoff for Old Crow Lake Trail #090.
For the next couple miles, you pass through forest and a series of lakes until you come to a more open field of talus and scree. Along the right of the trail will be a sign labeled Trigger Lake, there can be found Trigger and many other lakes. From here, enter an alpine field and turn left on South Fork Ponds Trail #095. Continue to skirt the alpine fields until the forest thickens. Stay left to keep on South Fork Ponds Trail #095 at mile 7 and pass through a varied landscape of alpine lakes, scree fields and forest.
Soon you are back at Sherd Lake Loop Trail #046 and you can turn right to get back to the parking lot.
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Land Manager: USFS - Bighorn National Forest Office