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Pahaska Sunlight Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wapiti, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 994 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

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Getting There

Wyoming Business Council Tourism Office, Frank Norris Jr. Travel Center, I-25 & College Drive , Cheyenne, WY, 82002-0660, Phone: 307-777-7777, Fax: 307-777-6472

Directions from Cody: Travel 50 miles west on US 14,1 6, 20 to the signed trailhead. At the trailhead, ample parking is provided as well as a stock ramp, hitching racks, corrals, toilet facilities and a picnic table.

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Rachel Buchanan
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Hiking

This was a really beautiful hike. Turnoff is about 1/4 mile before Pahaska, easy to find. Hike begins with an easy incline and opens up into an vast, open area with beautiful yellow flowers abound. The trail forks about 1.5 miles in, with no signage. We know the direction to the left was Sam Berry Meadows because we ran into a couple on horseback that were heading there; we chose to go to the right. There was no signage along the rest of the trail at all, which was a bit confusing, as there were several forks in the road. It’s hard to determine where one trail ends and another begins. We ended up continuing on rather than turning around. Had an uncomfortably close encounter with a bear, with fresh feces on the trail. I wouldn’t recommend being in this area without bear spray and/or a firearm! We ended up going off the trail after about 4 miles and headed for the highway. We came out just east of the trails parking area. This is some incredible countryside, I’m glad we experienced it.

Christopher Valentine
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Hiking

Fairly easy hike. We hiked past the trail that is marked in this app and it ended up taking us out through a camp ground. And back to the main highway. Then just a short walk to the trailhead on the highway. A lot of the trail is wooded and there are a few dense spots but the trail is well worn. Several small creek crossings. It does open up several times and there are some great views. The only people we saw were three people on horses. We were the only ones parked at the trailhead when we arrived and when we finished. Have heard several reports of bears on this hike and on the mountain but did not see any. Did see a deer.

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Kevin Byars
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Wildlife was there, but we didn't get to complete our hike. Seen a nice herd of deer on the ridge and once we got up to that point and walked over the backside of the ridge we saw a big brown bear walking away and down the hill. Glad we had spray and stayed vocal the whole trip.

David Ashby
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This is a pretty good hike. The first several miles are flat, but they are also in a part of the forest recovering from a forest fire from several years ago. We took the trail until it crossed the river. The river was running too high that year to cross. There is a parking lot at the trailhead right off of the highway. Probably not much more than a 1/4 mile down the highway from the Pahaska Teepee store.

Sarah Grove
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Sean Roye
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Paula Reynolds
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Adam Miller
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Jennifer George
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Mark Powell
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