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Bozeman Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 22' 7 m
Descent: -261' -80 m
High: 4,857' 1,480 m
Low: 4,617' 1,407 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Jeffrey Shanor

A trail full of pristine views and a rich history of the old west.

Jeffrey Shanor

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

To make the loop, follow the abandoned road at the bottom of the ridge. Be sure to shut the barbed wire fence gate.

Runner Notes

Natural surface on the ridge. Concrete on the road.

Description

The Bozeman Trail once ran through this section of Wyoming. Interpretive signs are scattered along the trails to give the user a detailed description of the Fetterman Massacre that once took place in the approximate location of the trail.

The Fetterman Fight was a battle during Native American Red Cloud's war in 1866. The Cheyenne, Lakota, and Arapaho Indians fought against the soldiers of the United States Army from Fort Phil Kearny to the south. The mission of the U.S. soldiers was to protect travelers and settlers on the Bozeman Trail.

Today, the trail serves as a place to not only discover Wyoming history but everything else that makes Wyoming unique. Scenic vistas of the Bighorn Mountains to the west, and endless views of the Wyoming prairie to the east. This trail follows the roots of the pioneer wagons that were laid in the mid 19th century.

Only 20 minutes from the City of Sheridan, this trail is used frequently by runners, bikers, and the casual hiker. Although, it is hidden gem as many do not know of its existence. There are no major challenges to this trail. Since it does follow a ridgeline, there is no tree coverage, so be prepared for wind and sun. You can either make the full loop by going down the hill and coming back up the abandoned road, or, you can go to the end of the ridge and back. If you chose to make the loop, be sure to shut all gates as livestock do graze here.

Flora & Fauna

Cottonwood, Antelope, Deer, Coyote, Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, Vultures.

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The Bozeman Trail looking north with the Bighorn Mountains in the distance. The ruts aren't from hikers or bikers, but what is left of the thousands of wagons that passed through here over 150 years ago.
Aug 13, 2019 near Sheridan, WY

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