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


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Map Key

5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

Point to Point

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

Description

From the trailhead, start hiking 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 hike 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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#211

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Photos

Big Sandy Lake sunset.
Aug 4, 2016 near Lander, WY
Big Sandy Mountain
Aug 2, 2021 near Big Sandy, WY
Nice teaser views of Big Sandy river before you get the views of the mountains.
Dec 22, 2020 near Big Sandy, WY
Big Sandy Trail
Sep 25, 2022 near Big Sandy, WY

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Aug 20, 2015
Anne Travels
The views over Big Sandy Lake are awesome! The trail to the lake is quite flat, so nice and easy. 11.5mi
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