A landscape of sheer cliffs towering 1,000 feet above a ribbon of blue water. World class fishing and a place where wild horses run free. Bighorn Canyon, is where imagination meets reality!

on State Line Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Trail was a bit hard to follow. Pretty cool views though!

hiking
3 months ago

Very cool to think about the history of this area

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4 months ago

Fun scenic, hike. A bit of a challenge with rocks to climb over and steep inclines to negotiate. But the view at the end is amazing! The trail was a bit hard to follow at times.

Almost two short to get out of the car. But it is interesting to think about the history.

hiking
5 months ago

I did this trail before I was in Alltrails. I still remember the breathtaking beauty and rugged cliffs.

I love seeing the old Tipi rings!

Sykes Mountain Trail is a rugged hike up a desert mountain that directs the hardy hiker to overlooks of Bighorn Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. This is a favorite hike for many but is less enjoyable during hot summer days. The trail begins at the Horseshoe Bend access road sign. You may park in the Ranger Station parking area across the road. Follow the trail markers around the hill and into the first drainage until you see a small game trail. At the rockslide, cross to the east side of the drainage. Here the game trail disappears. Continue to follow the trail markers, making your way upward. At the top, a deep canyon forces you to go east. Follow the ridge to where it begins to bend into a horseshoe. From here follow the trail markers through the shallow drainage to the overlook.

There are two hills southwest of the overlook. The taller of the two is called Crooked Creek Summit. For a longer hike cross the juniper flats and proceed to the summit. From here you can see vistas of surrounding landscapes and the mountains that enclose the Bighorn Basin.

hiking
7 months ago

For a serene view of Bighorn Canyon, follow the trail markers from the trailhead sign just north of the Montana state line. The trail leads to the canyon rim through juniper scrubland above limestone plateaus, culminating in a breathtaking view. You can easily follow the trail markers along the ridge for several hundred feet, enjoying different views of the river-carved canyon with every step.

This trail is good. There is a connecting trail that goes to Rangers Delight that is worth doing.

It is a fun hike, but the trail isn't well marked

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area covers parts of Montana and Wyoming. I drove down and went through Lovell. I stopped at the visitor center there - where you now pay the $5 day fee/$30 year fee as the "fee boxes" were closed. There are over 25 miles of trails in the Southern section of this park. The first section I explored was part of the " 19,000-acre Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area". I hiked in 1/2 mile twice to see a couple of the historic ranches. There are 4 ranches to explore. Devil Canyon Overlook makes for a interesting place to break.. We took a hike off trail to follow the path that the mustangs follow. Some of the mustangs are easily seen from the road. They also offer kayak and canoe rentals at the first boating/campground, Horseshoe Bend. Tent camping was free on a first come first serve basis. I stayed at Trail creek. Although the camping spots were small they had fire pits and "bear boxes" for your food. There was also a bathroom, trash bins and recycling bins. This is an excellent spot to have your "home base".

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013