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blue Tongue River Canyon Trail #002

Trail

8.8 mile 14.1 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,875' 1,181 m
Descent: -439' -134 m
High: 7,670' 2,338 m
Low: 4,234' 1,291 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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A colorful river trail surrounded by tall limestone cliffs.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Cave · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Lots of dogs come back from this trail with rattlesnake bites. Keep an eye out.

Description

Most folks do this trail as a short in/out, going no more then the quarter mile to the bridge at the Tongue River Cave Trail and then turning back. This short section is definitely worth it, but there's more to offer for the more committed.

From the parking lot, you start out surrounded by huge limestone walls. The first two and a half miles of the trail runs along the river. Once you see the canyon in the distance, the river will cut south, and you'll stay higher in the open field in order to avoid the canyon.

After another mile, you'll cross Horse Creek (don't cross the river if the water is too high). From here you'll power uphill through some patchy forest and then cruise on some relatively flat terrain. At around eight miles, you'll cross the north branch of the Tongue River and then enter the forest. The forest opens up into a large open field. The next dirt road you meet, turn left and ignore all the turn-offs until you arrive out at Highway 14.

Flora & Fauna

Bighorn sheep, elk, rattlesnakes, pretty little birds by the river, etc.

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Jun 19, 2019
Theresa Cruz Lillegard
Trail moves off the edge of the river farther in. Cute little stream crossing with split log and rope. Lost 4G so don't know exactly how far we went. 4mi — 7h 30m

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