We hiked about three miles up a canyon alongside pretty North Sayles Creek, among striking sandstone formations of many colors, to large meadows overshadowed by massive rock formations with views further into the Bighorns. Though we turned around in the meadows, one could continue hiking well into Bighorn National Forest from here.
|Sandstone ridges jut dramatically out of the meadow.|
|With all the rain this spring and early summer the grasses are a vibrant green and very tall...|
we worried about snakes but did not encounter any.
Our trail goes right up the canyon in front of Hans.
|More enormous, jagged sandstone slabs.|
|The trail climbed the sides of the canyon and took us up to a wonderful viewpoint.|
A huge red sandstone ridge capped the opposite canyon wall.
|We could also see down into the valley where we started the hike.|
|The trail continued on up the narrow canyon.|
|We crossed North Sayles Creek several times.|
|At one point we popped out of the trees to see giant layers of sandstone ridges overhead.|
|At the top of the canyon we emerged onto a meadow.|
|Looking back more sandstone ridges guarded the canyon opening and a view to the plains beyond.|
|As we rose across the meadow we could see more massive sandstone formations poking out of the hillside ahead.|
|Looking back into our canyon...|
|And looking ahead at the cows dwarfed by the exposed sandstone.|
|This enormous ridge of rock just grabbed our attention!|
|Cows hang out by giant sandstone boulders.|
|We decided to turn around after three miles, once we reached the high point of the meadow.|
|Both coming and going we had to navigate through and around many cows!|
|Back near the trailhead the sandstone was well lit by the end of our hike.|
|Hans wades through the meadow.|
|A view back to the canyon we hiked as we drove out.|
|This guy hitched a ride on our windshield!|
There is not much written about this particular trail, but it is well used by the locals. If you do a search on: firebox park bud love, you will find an excerpt from the book Hiking Wyoming's Cloud Peak Wilderness. The book is fairly old but the directions offered are accurate.