Tongue River Point-to-Point
ElevationAscent: 385' 117 m
Descent: -4,393' -1,339 m
High: 8,221' 2,506 m
Low: 4,214' 1,284 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
Current trail conditions
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“A point to point hike from Freeze Out Point to Tongue River Canyon TH! Have fun!”— Laine Parish
- Navigating, especially along the start of the ride, can be tricky. Keep the Hiking Project mobile app handy to keep on track.
- Rattlesnakes, mean dogs, blitzed climbing bums, and pot-bellied wedding parties all frequent the canyon. Be wary. Most of these creatures have a gun.
Head back down Freeze Out Point Road (202), at the intersection turn right to hike the east half of Freeze Out Cow Camp Road (199) as it descends to the south into the canyon. Just after 1.5 miles, make a left turn onto the Amsden Elk Pasture Road (181) for a half-mile before turning onto the start of the Horse Creek Trail #159. There are enough roads and paths in the area that it can be easy to get lost, but if you're on a faint jeep-track at this point, you're in the right place.
Descend into the trees before starting a tough climb. The grade will peak out about a half-mile before the trail converges with Tongue River Canyon Trail #002 and begins a descent that will take hikers down through the canyon.
The remainder of the hike is surreal and steep. Squirm down it like a bucking cutthroat trout. Yeehaw! Near the end of the canyon, the trail encounters some drop-offs and ledges. A fall might include rolling fifty feet into a whitewater river, so be alert. The lower parts of the hike include oodles of tourists. Give uphill hikers the right-of-way.
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Land Manager: USFS - Bighorn National Forest Office
Jun 27, 2019: Enjoy a safe 4th of July in the Bighorn National Forest