Cedar Basin Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Thayne, Wyoming that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until September.

Length7.5 miElevation gain1,725 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Sarah Brown
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Beautiful fall colors

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Jacy Markel
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Nature tripsGreat!Rocky

A nice peaceful trail along the creek

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L Laymon
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HikingOff trailRocky

the first mile was relatively easy and well maintained by the Star Valley Ranch trail group. Mile 2 got pretty steep and Rocky. Mile 3 wasn't quite assteep and led to the Basin which was pretty flat crossing. and then into mile 4 it was rocky. we got within half a mile of the end of the Trail before we couldn't manage the stream crossing & we've never been able to find the lake at the end.

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Rick Pruss
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HikingBugsRockySnow

I really enjoyed that hike. Heavy vegetation for the first couple miles, but once you get up near the top, it becomes very rocky, a little colder, and feels other worldly. The trail according to AllTrails seems to end at the back of the basin, but there was no marker. In fact, the trail kept going up into the mountain peaks. I started following it, but it became buried in large swaths of snow, and I’m nearing the end of June right now. This is your perfect day and/or date hike. I would agree with another reviewer who said this trail is more like a difficult moderate, because I’ve been on trails around here that were much more difficult. Also, AllTrails has the trail starting at like the golf clubhouse, which I guess is where you have to start if you don’t have a high-clearance vehicle, but if you do, keep driving down the rocky road, past the golf coarse, pass the bubbling pond, and you’ll come to a clearing where you can park your vehicle.

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Mark Bitter
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Great trail in good condition - no difficult stream crossings and lots of wildflowers. It does have a bit of a climb in places. We saw 2 moose about 2.3 miles in. We turned around at 3.25 miles and made very good time coming down.

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Zachary Lien
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Clearly marked, moderate is definitely a fair rating. Don’t expect to finish with wee bumpkins.

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Hilary Lien
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This trail was gorgeous. Lots to see, and strenuous enough to get a work out in! :) It was very easy to follow and a wonderful time!

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Alexis Campbell
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Preston Buehler
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HikingMuddy

We hiked this yesterday 5-19-20. It was a great hike and a lot of fun, there was snow about 2.5 miles in and we lost the trail a bit past the 3 mile mark so we eventually just turned around. But overall it was a really beautiful canyon and a great trail.

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d m
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HikingMuddySnow

Pretty good hike. First time going. Didn't go all the way. Maybe 3 miles in. First 3/4 mile was relatively easy. From then on it was hiking upwards continuously. Trails were muddy in spots from melting snow. We were the only people out there, so definitely not a heavy use trail. Seemed more like it was used as a horseback hunting trail, but the first part was really nice walking alongside the creek.

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Debra Beatty
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We found this hike in a book which said 3.5 miles to Cedar Basin, 4.5 miles to lake so I figured it was 4.5 to the lake! Nope. The first 3.5 miles are moderate and then it starts climbing and climbing. By the time we reached 5 miles and 2400 feet of elevation gain, I was done. 10 miles is a lot for me. We never found the lake. After the first 4.5 miles, the trail gets kinda dicey and you have to follow the rock cairns.

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Taylor Edwards
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Absolutely beautiful. I didn’t have time to go the whole way but it didn’t seem too hard from what I did. I’d highly recommend it.

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Philip Ottum
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Not a bad hike to the basin. I wouldn't rate it as hard, just the more difficult side of moderate.

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JK Mattoon
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Bears and Mountain Lions spotted. Make sure to bring protection.

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Jed Winder
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Becky Beaudette
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Dan Pearson
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Ruthie Shinn
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Steve Hornaday
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Tagen McEntire
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Cloud Sessions
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