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Hiking & Horseback Riding Opportunities

Hogan & Luce Campground/Bald Ridge Trailhead

The Hogan and Luce Campground and Bald Ridge Trailhead provide access to the Bald Ridge Trail. This site also provides opportunities for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking and horseback riding. Five campsites located along Hogan Reservoir feature picnic tables and fire rings. The site also includes two information kiosks, toilet facilities, horse trailer parking, horse stanchions and hitching rails. Fishing opportunities are available at Hogan Reservoir and a short hike leads to Luce Reservoir which is known for its excellent catch and release fishing opportunities. Luce Reservoir contains Kamloops Rainbow Trout.

Things to note: The Bald Ridge area (south of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River and west and north of Hogan Reservoir) is closed to all use from December 15 through April 30 of each year to protect essential wintering habitat for elk and mule deer. The area immediately surrounding the campground is not included in this seasonal closure. Be aware, this is grizzly bear country.

How to get there: This site is located 18 miles north of Cody off Wyoming State Highway 120. Turn left onto Park County Road 7RP and continue approximately five miles; look for the Hogan-Luce Trailhead sign and take a left onto the one-mile long access road to the site.

Bald Ridge Trail

The Bald Ridge Trail begins at the Hogan and Luce Campground Bald RidgeTrailhead. This horseback riding and hiking trail winds for five miles through BLM-managed public lands and state land to the destination of Bald Ridge in the Shoshone National Forest. Once on the forest, additional trails are present. The elevation ranges from 4,880 feet to 8,400 feet. On Bald Ridge, one can see spectacular views of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River to the west and of Heart Mountain to the east. Wildlife that may be encountered along this trail includes antelope, mule deer, moose, elk, and grizzly and black bear. Waterfowl are often found at the lakes near the trailhead and soaring raptors are often sighted. The trail is steep and arduous requiring good physical condition of both humans and horses. The lower portion of the trail is marked. The middle and upper portions are not marked or constructed; users must pick their own route up the mountain.

Things to note: The Bald Ridge area (south of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River and west and north of Hogan Reservoir) is closed to all use from December 15 through April 30 of each year to protect essential wintering habitat for elk and mule deer. The area immediately surrounding the campground is not included in this seasonal closure. Be aware, this is grizzly bear country.

How to get there: This site is located 18 miles north of Cody off Wyoming State Highway 120. Turn left onto Park County Road 7RP and continue approximately five miles; look for the Hogan-Luce Trailhead sign and take a left onto the one-mile long access road to the site.

Four Bear Trailhead

The Four Bear Trailhead provides access to the Four Bear Trail that is suitable for horseback riding, hiking, and limited mountain biking. Facilities at the trailhead include an information kiosk, horse trailer parking, horse hitching rails, and toilet facilities. The trail provides access to Four Bear Mountain climbing north approximately four miles to the Shoshone National Forest boundary where it connects to many trails on the forest. The Four Bear Trail also intersects the Jim Mountain Trail about two miles east of the U.S. Forest Service Jim Mountain Trailhead. The elevation ranges from 5,600 feet to 7,600 feet. Spectacular views are offered of the North Fork Shoshone River valley and fascinating volcanic spires, turrets and banded rock formations. Wildlife such as deer, elk, grizzly and black bear, and numerous bird species such as golden eagles and mountain bluebirds are often found in the trail area.

Things to note: The trail is very steep and rugged for about one-and-a-half miles with multiple switchbacks. Camping is not allowed at the trailhead. Be aware, this is grizzly bear country.

How to get there: The trailhead is located 17 miles west of Cody on Wyoming State Highway 14-16-20 (the road to Yellowstone). Turn right at the Four Bear Trailhead sign.

Twin Creek Trailhead

The Twin Creek Trailhead provides access to a horseback riding and hiking trail along the West Fork of Twin Creek to the Shoshone National Forest. The site also provides fishing access for the South Fork of the Shoshone River. The elevation at the trailhead is 5,840 feet and rises to 6,880 feet in approximately three miles to the forest boundary. The trailhead facilities include an information kiosk, horse trailer parking and toilet facilities. Deer, elk, antelope, moose, grizzly and black bear and mountain lion may be seen in the surrounding area.

Things to note: Access from this trailhead requires crossing the South Fork of the Shoshone River and may be limited during the spring runoff due to the high water level in the river. There is a seasonal closure in effect on the Twin Creek Trail from January 1 through April 30 of each year to protect wintering elk herds. The trail passes through private land on an easement; users are reminded to stay on the trail as it passes through private land. Camping is not allowed at the trailhead. Be aware, this is grizzly bear country.

How to get there: The trailhead is located 23 miles southwest of Cody on Wyoming State Highway 291 (the South Fork Highway). Turn right at the Twin Creek Trailhead sign.

Bobcat - Houlihan Trailhead

The Bobcat-Houlihan Trailhead features a moderately steep hike to the Shoshone National Forest boundary, suitable for horseback riding and hiking. The trail begins near the South Fork of the Shoshone River and provides access to trails along both Bobcat and Houlihan Creeks. Facilities at the trailhead include an information kiosk, horse trailer parking, horse hitching rails, and toilet facilities. Fishing access to the South Fork of the Shoshone River is also available adjacent to the trailhead. Elevations ranging from 6,020 feet to 6,280 feet provide views of the South Fork Shoshone River valley and Carter Mountain. Deer, moose, grizzly and black bear, elk, antelope, bald eagles, and predators such as bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions may be seen throughout the area.

Things to note: Camping is allowed at the trailhead. Be aware, this is grizzly bear country.

How to get there: The trailhead is located 28 miles southwest of Cody. Travel on Wyoming State Highway 291 (the South Fork Highway) 28 miles. Turn right onto Park County Road 6EH and travel approximately three miles to the trailhead.