Cheyenne, WY: Savage Run Trail

This 12.4-mile out-and-back is in country so wild, so remote, and so loaded with wildlife not even locals know much about this wilderness in the corner of Medicine Bow National Forest.
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This 12.4-mile out-and-back is in country so wild, so remote, and so loaded with wildlife not even locals know much about this wilderness in the corner of Medicine Bow National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.0

Waypoints

SRW001

Location: 41.2189178466797, -106.360870361328

Trail unfolds S, rolling over sandy waterbars into the shady relief of Savage Run Wilderness

SRW002

Location: 41.208366394043, -106.361083984375

Keep quiet! Moose graze in grassy bog on L

SRW006

Location: 41.188850402832, -106.373985290527

Trail leaves sharp cliffside; nurse logs offer a good lunch spot

SRW007

Location: 41.186351776123, -106.380149841309

Creek motors down hillside

SRW008

Location: 41.1825332641602, -106.387580871582

Lots of treefall and tinder; large boulder pile sits alone in woods

SRW009

Location: 41.1818008422852, -106.389198303223

Keep straight @ junction with Trail 502; look for deer and black-bear prints in muddy creek banks

SRW010

Location: 41.1797828674316, -106.403282165527

Short climb; occasional views downstream

SRW011

Location: 41.1798820495606, -106.411750793457

Cross swift stream. Loop option: Ambitious hikers can follow streambed NE and pick up the rugged track of FR 500.3A, then head E back to trailhead

SRW013

Location: 41.1773338317871, -106.413780212402

In fall, a golden pocket of aspen; good campsites on S side of creek

SRW014

Location: 41.1709518432617, -106.417098999023

End @ junction with Trail 501A, a spur trail to FR 512; return to trailhead. (Note: Savage Run Trail continues SW for 2 mi. but dead-ends @ private property line)

SRW012

Location: 41.1781845092773, -106.414031982422

Faint pack trail leads R; stay along Savage Run

SRW005

Location: 41.194450378418, -106.365051269531

Trail washed out; stay on R side of bank

SRW004

Location: 41.1977005004883, -106.359519958496

Bite-sized trout swim in deep pool surrounded by cascades, logjams

SRW003

Location: 41.2030487060547, -106.355331420898

Small campsite on opposite side of creek