Saturday, May 18: Complete
BLM, Bighorn Basin, Dry Medicine Lodge Canyon Wilderness Study Area (moderately difficult)
Edith Heyward & Don Crecelius, veteran hike leaders from Sheridan, will travel four miles up a creek bed of cottonwood, prickly roses, juniper and box elder, with a WSA on the east and a LWC (Land with Wilderness Characteristics) on the west. Rewards of an impressive limestone arch as a destination goal.
2-4. Friday, May 31 through Saturday, June 8
Doug Lorain Statewide Tour
Kicking off the Hiking Season: Special workshops and hikes with hiking book guru, Doug Lorain, author of “Backpacking Wyoming”. WWA is sponsoring a statewide tour where Doug will share his recommendations for the best outdoor trips from the hundreds of hikes and backpacking excursions he has taken throughout Wyoming. All events are FREE.
- Friday, May 31, 5:00-7:00pm, presentation at Solitude Clothing and Mountaineering, 38 S. Main St
- 2. Saturday, June 1, 9:00am, 6-mile roundtrip hike in Rock Creek recommended wilderness. (difficult)
Sunday, June 2, 4:00-6:00pm, presentation at Mountain Sports, 543 So. Center St.
- Monday, June 3, 5:00-7:00pm, presentation at Main St. Books, 300 Main St.
- Tuesday, June 4, 5:00-7:00pm, presentation at Sunlight Sports, 1131 Sheridan Ave.
- 3. Wednesday, June 5, 8:00am, 5-mile roundtrip hike into the Trout Creek roadless area. (difficult)
- Friday, June 7, 7:00-9:00pm, presentation at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse
- 4. Saturday, June 8, 8:00 am, 6-mile roundtrip hike on Cabin Creek Trail in the Palisades Wilderness Area. (difficult)
5. Saturday—Sunday, June 1-2
Dubois Badlands Stewardship Day (moderate)
Join facilitators, Jared Oakleaf and Brandon Thielke for trash and wildlife waste clean-up in the Dubois Badlands WSA. Presentation and dialogue with law enforcement officer, Tom, regarding stewardship followed by the clean-up. On Sunday, join Friends of the Dubois Badlands for a day of celebration.
6. Wednesday, June 19
Bridger-Teton NF, Palisades WSA, Wolverines and Climate Change (difficult)
Join wolverine experts, Jason Wilmot, Executive Director of the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative, and Renee Seidler, Field Biologist for the Wildlife Conservation Society on this strenuous high-elevation hike to learn about wolverines, their habitat and how the changing climate is affecting this wilderness-dependent species.
7. Saturday, June 22
Bighorn NF, Rock Creek Recommended Wilderness, Gilead Fire Regeneration and Flower Hike (difficult)
Join BNF Forester, Tony Saba
and Sheridan College Professor and Biologist, Ami Erikson
for a tour of the first season of new life in the Rock Creek Recommended Wilderness after last summer’s Gilead Fire scored a mosaic burn in the canyon and parks of this special area. Be sure to pack your camera to record a living example of a most natural process of nature. 6 miles roundtrip.
8. Saturday, June 22
Shoshone NF, Wood River Horseback Ride (difficult, intended for backcountry/ experienced horse and riders only)
, WWA Governing Council member will lead riders on a horseback tour of the Dick Creek Lakes area up the Wood River, to explore an important backcountry area. Riders can expect spectacular views of the Wood River and Franc’s Peak roadless areas. Participants must provide own experienced horse, well-trained for backcountry riding. Rentals may be available.
9. Saturday-Sunday, June 29-30
Bighorn NF, Rock Creek Recommended Wilderness, Wildflower Painter’s Weekend (easy)
WWA and SAGE (Sheridan Artists Guild Et al) are partnering up to host Joan Hoffmann
, extraordinary oil and watercolor artist from Colorado and Vermont, and Kathryn Turner
, award winning native Jackson Hole plein air
painter in a 2-day painting workshop working in the Rock Creek area, painting vistas at two
historic guest ranches—THE HF BAR RANCH AND PARADISE GUEST RANCH—both located near Buffalo, Wyoming. Artists will travel on Saturday to the HF Bar Ranch, then on Sunday to Paradise Guest Ranch to paint under the guidance of these two extraordinary artists. Both ranches border the amazing Rock Creek recommended wilderness area. $40.00/day fee includes lunch at each ranch. Examples of the artist’s work and info available on their web sites: http://www.joanhoffmann.com
Saturday, June 29th
, HF Bar Ranch painting with views of Rock Creek from the East Face.
Sunday, June 30th
, Paradise Guest Ranch painting the world famous Fan Rock and other Rock Creek views.
Some folks will camp out near Hunter Corrals the night of the 29th. All participants are welcome to join in the campfire fun, but you’ll need to bring your own camp set up and food.
10. Saturday, June 29
BLM, Sweetwater Canyon Women’s Fishing Outing (moderate)
Join fishing guide, George Hunker
, at 7:00am to receive instruction and the opportunity to fish one of the most magnificent waterways in Wyoming. Equipment and transportation provided. Limited to 6 participants.
11. Sunday, July 7
Bridger-Teton NF, Gros Ventre Wilderness, Climate Change and Cougar Biology Family Hike (moderately difficult)
, the BTNF’s Recreation/Wilderness Program Manager and Marilyn Cuthill
, Craighead Beringia South cougar biologist and educator, will lead this 6-mile roundtrip day hike to beautiful Goodwin Lake in the Gros Ventre Wilderness. We will learn about wilderness stewardship, cougar ecology and the impact of climate change on our wild public lands. (Not recommended for children under the age of 9.)
12. Saturday, July 27—Wednesday, July 31
Shoshone NF, Trout Creek Fence Removal Project, Phase Two (hard work & difficult)
Join WWA for a 5-day collaborative stewardship project with the US Forest Service and the Backcountry Horsemen, removing barbed wire fence in the Trout Creek roadless area northwest of Cody. 2013 is the second year and Phase Two of a much-needed project enhancing wildlife corridors and backcountry recreation in this beautiful area. This is a strenuous outing with a work purpose, so participants should be prepared to spend a full day backpacking or riding in to the location, 3 days on-site working and a full day to return. The spectacular views, camaraderie and fulfilling work will be worth the extra effort!
13. Saturday, July 27
Bighorn NF, Rock Creek Ranch-to-Ranch Picnic Outing (difficult)
Spend a full day with HF Bar Ranch owners, Margi Schroth
, (also WWA board member) and Lily Bliss
following a 10-mile FS trail from Paradise Guest Ranch to the HF Bar Ranch through wide alpine meadows overlooking the Ant Hill, Seven Brothers and Cloud Peak, taking time to view alpine wildflowers and mountain birds and some of the most intriguing Rock Creek scenery. The finish follows the South Fork of Rock Creek down through a deeply cut canyon that will take you through over 30 million years of geological uplift and lots of tempting swimming holes along the way.
14. Saturday, August 3
Shoshone NF, North Fork, Grizzly Bear Ecology Tour (difficult)
Join Chuck Neal
, retired U.S. Dept. of the Interior ecologist on a five-mile hike into grizzly bear country and learn from Chuck, who calls himself “a student of grizzlies and their habitat for 30 years”. This popular, annual adventure fills fast and provides an amazing all-day expedition into a Shoshone roadless area. The first half of the trip is a steep uphill climb at Chuck’s monumentally fast pace, then be ready to learn about the ecology and biology of grizzlies.
15. Saturday, August 10
Bighorn NF, Devil Canyon Roadless Area (difficult)
, life-long trekker and environmental scientist, leads this hike into the wild north of the Bighorn National Forest. The Devil Canyon roadless area boasts of thirty four thousand acres of undeveloped and primitive land in a landscape unique to the west slope of the Big Horn Mountains. Primitive trails and steep slopes throughout approximately eight miles roundtrip. Camping available on first-come basis at Porcupine Creek Campground; must bring own gear and food.
16. Saturday, August 10
BLM, Oregon Buttes, Red Desert Yoga
Hike to the Oregon Buttes in the northern Red Desert for an afternoon Kundalini yoga session with facilitator, Annie Reber
17. Saturday, August 17
Bighorn NF, Rock Creek Recommended Wilderness Family Hike(easy)
This family (children welcome) and elder venture will introduce you to the Rock Creek area, walking over rolling hills along the base of Rock Creek and into the South Fork Canyon. Total distance is 2-3 miles round trip over unsteady earth. Children must be attended by adults. Slow pace assured and all ages welcome.
18. Saturday, September 7
Shoshone NF, DuNoir via Bonneville Pass, Picnic on the Pass (moderate)
Join Dick and Judy Inberg
on a 6-mile, roundtrip, hike which will bring participants to the top of Bonneville Pass overlooking the DuNoir recommended wilderness area. With early autumn colors, hikers will see spectacular views of the volcanic cliffs and the meadows at the top of the pass and enjoy a picnic.