Cheyenne, WY: Savage Run Trail - Backpacker

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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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

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