For our last hike in the Bighorn Mountains we drove about 55 miles to the west side of the range and the Ten Sleep trailhead. Ten Sleep Canyon and Creek got its name from an old Indian encampment that was "ten sleeps" from important points such as Yellowstone and Fort Laramie.
The 11 mile round trip (out and back) hike to Lost Twin Lakes starts out at 9,250 feet and tops out at about 10,500 feet, making this destination the highest point we've reached in the Bighorns. The trail has a few steep sections, always a bit of a challenge at this elevation, but the scenery is worth every single step. As you'll see, the colors on this day were vibrant (my photos are untouched). Even though after a month in the area we are ready to move on, a day on the trail like this one makes us appreciate the intense beauty of our country and the immense freedom we have to enjoy it in this singular lifestyle we live.
|The first couple of miles climb through forest broken up by a couple of lovely stream crossings.|
|Breaking out of the forest and leveling off a bit, we came to a meadow of astounding beauty.|
|We took a short detour to Mirror Lake, while not being very mirror-like at the moment,|
was still quite a sight to behold.
|We continued on, encountering more colorful, serene beauty every step of the way.|
|The rocky, rounded peaks of the Bighorns began to unfold ahead of us.|
|A fly fisherman casts his line in this pristine creek.|
|About four miles in we started to see the sheer cliffs that surround our destination...|
|As we drew nearer granite boulders and slabs dotted lush green meadows |
and the cliffs grew more imposing with each step.
|Lost Twin Lakes in all their glory!|
There is a second lake just visible above the one in the foreground.
|Looking back at the last valley we ascended.|
|As we made our way back the way we came the sun lit up our favorite meadow with such perfection |
that more photos were required.
Buffalo has been a wonderful place to spend a month. It's got small town charm, the locals have been friendly and the proximity to the mountains ideal. Deer Park RV Park worked out perfectly for us, it's pretty and clean, the sites are large, park wifi is decent and Verizon signal is excellent. Even though we're right on the edge of town and about a quarter mile from I-90, it was pretty quiet and we even had good wildlife viewing from our site.
Today we head into Montana for a few weeks, but we're not done with Wyoming yet for this year...we'll be back to explore the western half of the state soon.
|The Buffalo, WY cemetery is a pretty place to walk and even offers wildlife viewing!|