River/Creek · Views · Waterfall
A great trail with very impressive views of Ogden Creek and its drainage.
This trail can be accessed from its own trailhead, or from various other trails. From the trailhead you'll hike east on a two track for a short distance and then come across a wooden bridge. This bridge is used in winter for snowmobiles, and summer for all other traffic. The two track to this point allows ATV, and is motorized. Be careful of them.
After you cross the bridge to your immediate left is a non-motorized trail, the Ogden Creek Trail. You'll start heading east down the drainage. There are large and loose rocks, and at the beginning you'll find an anti- ATV device placed directly in the middle of the trail.
You then continue east and cross a scree slope of large angular rocks, and begin hiking through 3 upper creek crossings. Depending on snow melt in the spring and the monsoonal spring rains, these can be treacherous crossings.
The trail then descends a roller coaster of trail that brings you along the creek. Follow the trail through a grove of scrub oak and onto a large limestone overlook with great views all year long. The trail follows the basin and in the spring before tree growth, it is possible to see the multiple falls of the Ogden creek as it descends.
As the trail rounds the corner of the other overlook, it descends a bit more steeply then the rest of the the trail; it has high exposure, loose soil, and loose rocks. This trail is commonly used from the south by equestrians and therefore large animals pulverize the soils.
It then filters into the scrub oaks and then comes to a junction where Sheepnose converges. Continue to head downhill, and you'll come to the last Ogden creek crossing. It will be dry in the summer, or flowing high and fast in the spring, depending on the spring rains or snow melt.
Cross the stream and head up a short steep hill, and then head south. You'll come across a gate and buck and rail fence. Either open or close gate depending in you found it; livestock likely to be present.
You'll then skirt the east base of the Bearlodge trail system, and now continue to your destination utilizing many trails that connect to the bottom.
Shared By: Adrian Whitmore