Dead Indian Creek to Dead Indian Meadow is a 19.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cody, WY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until November.
Directions from Cody: Travel 17 miles north on WY 120, then west on WY 296 to Dead Indian Trailhead with the Campground just across the road.
Dead Indian travels through gorgeous meadows interspersed with wooded areas alongside the Clark Fork Canyon. It is rolling ups and downs for the first 4 miles with beautiful vistas of the Canyon and breathtaking waterfalls. Then it suddenly makes a steep dive to the floor of the canyon. The switchbacks at the end are treacherous! A slippery slope of rolling gravelly scree and then the trail kind of peters out once you've made it (alive) to the bottom. Once you get down to river level, don't bother to follow the trail -- go ahead and bushwhack to whatever appeals to you. If you don't feel like making the big descent, you won't really be missing out on that much except perhaps a bit of a soak, and a different viewpoint of the Canyon. It is an absolutely gorgeous hike, however.