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Big Sandy Trail to Temple Lake Trail is a 19 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boulder, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 19.0 mi Elevation gain 2,253 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Bird watching

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River

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Getting There

Parking, campground and vault toilets, no water

Pinedale Ranger District 29 East Fremont Lake Rd. P.O. Box 220 Pinedale, WY 82941 307-367-4326 Fax: 307-367-5750

From Pinedale, drive south on Hwy 191. At Boulder, turn left on Hwy 353 and drive 18 miles to the end of the pavement. Shorty after the pavement ends, go straight through the junction, and drive south crossing the Big Sandy River (Buckskin Crossing). At next junction, turn left (east) and drive 7 miles. Turn left at the following jct and follow the main road to the Big Sandy Campground and trailhead. This trailhead is remote, so be sure to have a full tank of gas.

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Jeff Wesolowski
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Hiking

We missed trail to clear lake but that was Ok cause there was a connector trail from Black Joe trail to clear lake. Beautiful alpine scenery, Did this trail clockwise and glad we did cause trail down ravine past Miller lake was very steep. If you want to follow trail to Clear Lake you must hug trail to stream after crossing stream at end of Big Sandy Lake. Nice area to base camp also.

Breck Tuttle
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Backpacking
First to Review

Hiked this as part of an extended trip from Big Sandy Lake and made the Temple Lake part of a loop. Between Clear Lake and Deep Lake the trail goes over granite with multiple rock cairns marking several paths but it doesn't matter because its above timberline and you just follow the stream or granite up to the lake. Coming down between Rapid Lake and Big Sandy again because of multiple trails we lost the correct trail and camp down an extremely steep trail that wasn't the correct trail so be careful picking your way. The Forest service doesn't maintain the trail from Temple-Miller-Rapid-Big Sandy lake trail. The trail does not appear on some maps but does appear on Topo Maps.

Joseph Bravo
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Scott Ottesen
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