Volksmarch Trail

The South Pass City Volksmarch Trail is accessed at the end of Main Street within the South Pass City Wyoming State Historic Site.

This 4.5 mile-long loop trail follows Willow Creek downstream before ascending 600 feet to pass by the historic B&H Mine. The trail continues along a primitive two-track road past the historic Shields Mine before descending to the path along Willow Creek and back to the historic site. The first half mile of the trail from the historic site has numbered posts that correspond to a trail brochure describing plant species and historical features found in the area.

The signed route of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail leaves Willow Creek one-half mile downstream from the historic site. It ascends past the Shields Mine and leaves the Volksmarch Trail one-third of a mile northeast of the mine.

The South Pass City Volksmarch Trail is registered with the American Volksmarch Association and is managed by the BLM in cooperation with the South Pass City Wyoming State Historic Site. Participants in the Volksmarch program can register at the historic site entrance station to receive credit for hiking the South Pass City Volksmarch Trail.

The Association promotes noncompetitive hiking programs throughout the United States for the benefits of health and physical fitness for people of all ages. The organization rates this trail as a more difficult hike due to steep hills and loose rocks. The South Pass map provides coverage of the historic site and trail.