Camping 100ft or more from Helen has been allowed since 2012. Nolan and I hiked to the summit of Cloud Peak this day. Aside from rescue location, the permit delineates the rules of wilderness use and travel in this heavily used area. It would be great to add the summit hike to a loop from the West Tensleep Trailhead. There were longer stretches of dirt trail vs. boulder and a handful of soft grassy clearings which, were a nice respite for achy knees. They also get snowstorms as early as the last week of August. Beautiful Cloud Peak Trip . I have a knack for losing trails. Took 13 hours. All will take the backpacker into some of the finest scenery in the Bighorn Mountains. The view from the top is great, a nearby glacier and sheer drop offs. The correct route will follow the grassy meadow up the bowl this will be your easiest way to climb the peak.You’ll send the grassy area and then you’ll be at elevation at 12,000 feet. If you are not an experienced mountain hiker, you may want to make this a 3 day trip and sleep again at your original camp after your ascent, especially if you are uncomfortable hiking through the woods at night. I'm in my 60s (and generally fit, but not a frequent mountain climber for sure) and this took a lot out of me (less so my 29yo daughter who invited me to go backpacking with her), but, as others say, very worth it! The nearly 5 hours. The most common approach starts at the West Tensleep trail head, which is reached by turning left off of the Cloud Peak Scenic Byway (Highway 16) at Deer Haven Lodge onto Forest Road 27. Sun 12 We're hiking by 0538 - first light. Molvar, Erik (1999). Follow this road for about 9 miles to the parking area at the trail head. Set in the rugged San Juan range of southwest Colorado, Redcloud Peak (14,034’) and Sunshine Peak (14,001’) are two 14ers which can be summited along an out-and-back hike in one day. Good luck. There are 7 moderate trails in Cloud Peak Wilderness ranging from 3.5 to 16.9 miles and from 8,166 to 10,554 feet above sea level. 1130 - Cloud Peak summit Be sure to be off the peak before the afternoon storms arrive. Cloud Peak’s 7,077 feet of prominence is the greatest in the state, and the 15th greatest in the nation, meaning that the peak towers over much of the surrounding landscape. We loved seeing the glacier from the peak. For example, the There are several ways to reach the west side of Cloud Peak. All in all, this was a satisfying experience, and I can recommend it to those looking to challenge themselves. I made this mistake and it cost me precious daylight. 0800 - began tough ascent from the waterfall Definitely some boulder scrambling but anytime I started thinking "dang, this is pretty tough" I would stop, look around, and chances are I strayed from the better route. Guide to the Wyoming Mountains, 3rd Ed. This is part 2 of an article by Al Marlowe on the Cloud Peak Wilderness. hiking lake forest views dogs-leash wild-flowers wildlife During the evening the sky clears and Cloud Peak appears from under its cloud cap - looks good! If you’re planning on summiting Cloud Peak, it’s not easy. I've heard of people making it within 2 hours, so this will likely come down to your fitness, familiarity with bouldering, knowledge of the route, etc. Once you get into the boulders finding the markers is difficult. I might also recommend setting up camp farther along the trail if you have time, to make the ascent on the morrow shorter. We didn't bring enough water, we were thirsty at the top. It still surprises me to this day. The bouldering goes on forever, which is daunting to look at but I felt grateful for it compared to the powdery/gravely slippery kind of trails. The bouldering feels like it will never end and I could see it being potentially hazardous with a wrong step, so take your time. Cloud Peak Wilderness is located in the Bighorn Mountains of north-central Wyoming. Beautiful scenery throughout the out and back trail with plenty of wildlife including two large bull moose near Lake Marion. The dotted frame in the access map to the right shows the area of coverage of maps on this website. The mountains and lakes aren't the most beautiful, but that's not what this is about. The north summit (12855') is known as "Kramer Point". We definitely underestimated how cold it was I would definitely recommend a coat hat and gloves. Speed ascents have been made from the West Tensleep Trail head in under three hours. You may be tired, and you will likely still have the same trouble finding a good route down that you did going up. This trail requires miles of bouldering and is not for the faint of heart but it's worth the effort. This "trail" is fairly apparent until you get to the waterfall at the bottom of Cloud Peak. Arrived at 8:45pm through some snow squalls, by headlamp, and set up camp. AllTrails / Brenda Barker Heading out into the wilderness can be intimidating, but as long as you're prepared and have a plan, you're sure to find this hike rewarding and worth the effort. There are several ways to reach the west side of Cloud Peak. Keep in mind that there is a narrow ridge portion, and I think it's easiest to stay quite near to the west side of the ridge, so you can't be too afraid of heights. The views up there were absolutely incredible! Hike on the Mistymoon Lake Trail (trail #063) around the shores of West Tensleep Lake, and negotiate a small stream crossing. A brief film documenting the five days my crew and I spent in the Cloud Peak Wilderness area - including our summit of Cloud Peak. Beautiful. There are many trails in the early woods section; be careful you take the right one and don't miss the early stream crossing. We hike in the dark early next morning to the 11,750-foot saddle above our camp, dividing the south side of Cloud Peak from Bomber Mountain. The Solitude Trail can be accessed by many different points. Overall, this was an excellent overnight backpacking trip. Cloud Peak is a 22.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Buffalo, Wyoming that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. I went with my friend gistrailblazer. Cloud Peak is a Wyoming thirteener and the highpoint of the Big Horn Range. 0500 - Departed Tensleep Trailhead This is a relatively short hike with descent fishing and some amazing waterfalls. Their structure/look reminded me of smoke. We packed our poo out in biffy bags and dropped it off in the trash a few campsites down from tensleep. Beyond this point it is very easy to lose the trail, and in fact there are multiple trails as well as long bouldering sections. June, 2006: Sunshine seen during a hike from Redcloud. The top of the mountain is a rock scramble above the treeline. However, I managed to make it the 7 miles and ~1100ft elevation to Misty Moon Lake by 6:15pm. For example, theAconcagua mountain page has the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits' asparents and is a parent itself to many routes, photos, and Trip Reports. (Note, there are separate day and overnight parking locations. You can not camp adjacent to Lake Helen (or within 100 feet of Marion Lake or Mistymoon Lake). Near the top we find a twisted shard of aluminum, a relic of the B-17 Flying Fortress warplane that crashed into these mountains in June 1943, killing all 10 men aboard. Lasted about 24 hours. Parents refers to a larger category under which an object falls. Tough hike but absolutely worth the effort. From here, the route is marked off and on with rock markers. Its 3 pole crossover design not only means that it is stable in strong winds, but is also freestanding. View Cloud Peak Image Gallery - 140 Images. The novice ones (me) were reliant on the experienced ones’ enthusiasm and consistency to make it to the top. Keep an eye on the weather- an electrical storm prevented us from reaching the top and gave us hell the whole way down. Base camp either at Misty Moon or in the valley below the lake. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time! Overnight got down to 27 degrees with a 35mph wind....nice sleeping weather. Was a gorgeous climb. There used to be a bridg… Permit boxes are located at the trailhead. It's about making it to the top. Detailed information on the Southwest Ridge route on Cloud Peak can be found on the following route page. 100% worth the pain and effort it takes to get there. Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' Cloud Peak is managed by Bighorn National Forest. "A second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience." Im wondering if anyone has ever attempted to ski this descent or could put me in contact with someone who has? You can find trail information from the Bighorn National Forest website, here, or visit AllTrails. Note: While not the most spectacular for the area, its ease of access makes it a great choice for those with 2 or more nights available to camp. From the west Tensleep Trail head it is exactly 7 miles to Misty Moon Lake. The next morning we started at 6 AM to climb to the peak of Cloudpeak. It’s actually rather fitting for a mountain many hikers have never heard of, as if the clouds are literally shrouding the whole range in obscurity. A magnificent climb. The round-trip distance for a climb of Cloud Peak is 23 miles with about 4,000 feet of elevation gain. July, 2005: Redcloud and Sunshine seen from the summit of Uncompahgre Peak. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Good hike, saw two Moose very close on the trail. This was amazing hike! 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