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South Fork Indian Creek

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A gorgeous and very doable trail with sections that are buffed out and a dream to run on.


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Map Key

8.7

Miles

14.0

KM

87%

Runnable

9,038' 2,755 m

High

6,054' 1,845 m

Low

3,024' 922 m

Up

40' 12 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

Motorcycles are allowed on this and the North Fork Indian Creek trail. Outfitters bring horses up into this area as well. Fall hunting is popular in the area. There has been a juvenile black bear living around the 4-5 mile mark as of 2019 and hides up in the cliffs when spooked.

Runner Notes

A tough but rewarding trail! Wear shoes that drain well and merino wool socks. Creeks can be dangerous in May/June. Plenty of spots to filter water from if you run out of water.

Description

Plan on several creek crossings on this section of trail. The climbing on this section is more drawn out than on the steeper, shorter climbs on the North Fork Indian Creek side. Follow the map closely. In Lake Basin just before where "the chair" is, the trail transitions to the North Fork Indian Creek trail.

If you have come this far, you might as well continue and make a loop out of it! Time this run right and you'll either have lush flowers down lower or rolling fields of lupines in the meadows and along the hillsides up high.

Flora & Fauna

Pine trees, quaky Aspens, lots of bushes/undergrowth, and flowers galore. Bears, moose, elk, mountain lions, and deer are in the area.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jeff Fullmer

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Photos

One of the waterfalls on this trail, just as you start to break to the NW.
Sep 18, 2019 near Hoback, WY
Catch the back end of the trail at sunrise and prepare to be amazed!
Sep 18, 2019 near Hoback, WY
More of the buffed out singletrack after a steep climb out of a small creek crossing, looking back down the trail.
Sep 18, 2019 near Hoback, WY
Getting through the creeks and rocks will reward you with buffed out singletrack, wide open canyons and flowers galore
Sep 18, 2019 near Hoback, WY
Early morning, looking back down the trail after a long sustained climb.
Sep 18, 2019 near Hoback, WY
At a fork to the Indian Peak Trail, looking back down the South Fork Indian Creek Trail. This can be a confusing junction so consult your maps.
Sep 18, 2019 near Hoback, WY

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