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Shell Bench Trail #184

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

10.6 mile 17.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 297' 91 m
Descent: -2,870' -875 m
High: 7,805' 2,379 m
Low: 5,114' 1,559 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by Laine Parish

A nice hike that moves from alpine forest to desert canyon: a great way to experience Shell Canyon!

Laine Parish

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Description

This is considered to be one of the better hikes in the Bighorns as the trail moves from a fun forest section to a fast and steep canyon descent. As of late, the trail is a little dirty with loose rock but more hikers will clean it up. This is a fun hike and a great way to experience Shell Canyon, Ten Sleep Canyon's long-forgotten sibling.

For the best experience, plan to ride this as a point-to-point. Start by leaving a vehicle at the Post Creek Parking Area off of Highway 14 and then drive another vehicle to the Adelaide TH off of Ranger Creek Road.

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Sep 21, 2019
jones philippe
rando Bighorn shell
Jun 9, 2019
Anna Zowada
Hiked only a small portion of this trail. From the start, it starts surrounded by pines. The very end of the trail has great view so of shell Canyon 3mi — 1h 20m

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#136

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#5,499

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Looking to the northwest side of Shell Canyon from the end of the Shell Bench Trail.
Jun 14, 2019 near Greybull, WY
Looking west towards high Bighorn Dolomite peaks above Shell Canyon and the Bighorn Scenic Byway.
Jun 14, 2019 near Greybull, WY
The rim of Shell Canyon looking southwest. This trail features some of the most diverse terrain Wyoming has to offer, with high alpine forests, mid-mountain ponderosa forests, steep canyon walls, and low desert landscapes.
Jun 14, 2019 near Greybull, WY
Bighorn wildflowers along the Shell Bench Trail.
Jun 14, 2019 near Greybull, WY

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