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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 05/26/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM and Scouts Improve Salt Lick Trail

Several local Boy Scouts teamed-up with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office for a recent workday to improve a popular trail east of Ten Sleep, Wyo.

Providing instruction to the scouts.
Mike Roberts & Paul Rau
(BLM) provide instruction
to the scouts as
Steve Kiracofe (BLM) and Dawson Young
start digging-in.
Taylor Kalfell wields a pulaski.
Taylor Kalfell 
wields a pulaski.
The Salt Lick Trail begins in Tensleep Canyon and winds up the canyon wall as it skirts massive cliffs of limestone. Prior to the workday, steep sections of the trail that were highly susceptible to erosion made it difficult for hikers to enjoy the spectacular views of Tensleep Canyon, and further up the trail, the surrounding Bighorn Basin and Bighorn and Absaroka mountain ranges that can be seen from the canyon rim.

The Boy Scouts, parents, and staff from the Worland Field Office installed 84 timber steps to improve access on the trail, make the trail safer for hikers and help armor the trail from erosion. This project continued work begun last summer, when BLM firefighters constructed the loop portion of the trail.

“I liked seeing everyone working together to get stuff done,” said Boy Scout Brett Roberts. Roberts is now only three merit badges away from earning his Eagle Scout and the Salt Lick Trail project fulfilled a service project requirement towards accomplishing his goal.

“I don’t know if we could have gotten this done without the scouts,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Paul Rau. “They did a tremendous amount of work and the public now has a better, safer trail.”

Improvements made during the workday can be enjoyed by everyone during a BLM-led hike to celebrate National Trails Day this Saturday, June 4. People interested in this free hike 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.

The trail is approximately 2.5 miles long and rated as moderate overall, with a mildly strenuous section at the beginning. Rau and BLM Recreation Technician Mike Peterson will guide participants up the Salt Lick Trail as they describe the natural history of the area. There will be an opportunity for lunch at a vista along the trail.

For more information about the National Trails Day hike on June 4, visit or contact Paul Rau or Mike Peterson at (307) 347-5100.

Dawson Young carries a timber up the steep trail to be used as a step.
Dawson Young carries 
a timber up the steep 
trail to be used as a step.
Brett Roberts and Ben Kretz work together to place a new step in the trail.
Brett Roberts & Ben Kretz 
work together to 
place a new step 
in the trail.
Group picture.
Front row:  Steve Kiracofe, Frank Ley, Ben Kretz, Bob Bryant, 
Paul Rau, Barb Roberts, Paula Roberts, Cliff Roberts. 
Middle row:  Taylor Kalfell, Austin Brazell, Dawson Young, 
Chance Martello, Bobby Bryant, Cody Newell, Mike Roberts. 
Back row:  Brett Roberts, Chase Rishel.

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 05-27-2011