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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Worland Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/20/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

Join the BLM for a Hike at the Salt Lick Trail:
A National Trails Day Event


In celebration of National Trails Day, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office will lead a hike on the Salt Lick Trail east of Ten Sleep, Wyo., on Saturday, June 4.

Hikers of all ages are invited to this free event which is intended to build public awareness of recreation opportunities on public land in the area and show how hiking can make a healthy impact on the lives of those who participate.

BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Paul Rau, BLM Recreation Technician Mike Peterson and other specialists will guide participants up the Salt Lick Trail, as they describe the natural history of the area. The trail begins in Tensleep Canyon and winds up the northern wall as it skirts massive cliffs of limestone to take hikers to the canyon rim. Once out of the canyon, hikers will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding Bighorn Basin and Bighorn and Absaroka mountain ranges from an elevation of 5,700 feet. The hike will continue northeast along flats and through forests lined with the deep side canyons of the Bighorn Mountains. The hike will then change direction to the south for views of Salt Lick Creek and to complete the loop back to the trailhead.

This area is geologically interesting and many songbirds and wildflowers are found along the trail and will be identified throughout the hike. Hikers may also encounter peregrine falcons along the cliffs, mule deer or elk. The trail is approximately 2.5 miles long and rated as moderate overall, with a mildly strenuous section at the beginning. There will be an opportunity for lunch at a vista along the trail.

Hikers will meet at the Worland Field Office located at 101 S 23rd Street at 9:00 a.m. and caravan/carpool to the trailhead. Ten Sleep area residents can meet the group at the Salt Lick Trail parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Bring water, a sack lunch and sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing and hiking boots. Binoculars and cameras are also recommended.

National Trails Day is coordinated nationally by the American Hiking Society and locally by the BLM. Two thousand events will be held across the country this year. For more information about the nationwide National Trails Day effort or additional events, visit www.americanhiking.org.

For more information about this National Trails Day celebration, contact Mike Peterson at (307) 347-5100.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 05-20-2011