Mid summer of 2021 we started construction of the second phase of the Red Grade Trails System. Once complete this phase will include an additional 12 miles of mixed hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Additionally, two parking areas / trailheads will be created. We are excited to open the trails as they are built so you can get out and enjoy all the beauty that can be found from your SCLT trails.

Update 8.13.2021 – We are excited to open additional portions of the trails being developed for Phase 2 of the Red Grade Trails System. Huge shout out to Sheridan County, Wyoming Business Council and all of our amazing community members who pitched in to help. A big thank you to the crew from Gumption Trail Works and for our Trail Builder, Ronnie Wagner, for their work to bring these wonderful additions that will help you explore our beautiful Bighorns backyard. We know you’ll love it!

West Segment

  • Length Open: West segment is 2 miles, each way.
  • Type of Trail: Out and back. 4 miles if you do the full out and back.
  • Use: Open to hiking, biking, walking, running, photography, bird and wildlife watching, yoga and more. Pets are welcome, although horses are prohibited on this current stretch of trail. Equestrian trails in the vicinity are coming soon.
  • Description: The trail climbs to just below the radio tower an then maintains the ridge. At about 2 miles the new trail stops and the route is flagged with caution tape and logs. Please do not cross the flagging

Enter the West Segment here

The end of the West Segment – for today

East Segment

  • Length Open: East segment is 1 mile, each way.
  • Type of Trail: Out and back. 2 miles if you do the full out and back.
  • Use: Open to hiking, biking, walking, running, photography, bird and wildlife watching, yoga and more. Pets are welcome, although horses are prohibited on this current stretch of trail. Equestrian trails in the vicinity are coming soon.
  • Description: The trail descends just below the top of the ridge and then maintains the contour while heading east. Please turn around at the “trail closed sign”. We plan to continue to opening additional distance on this trail as the construction progresses.
  • Advice from Ronnie: Please be sure to stop and turn around when you see the “Trail in Progress. No Trespassing.” sign. The trail beyond this sign is under construction and extremely sensitive to use in such dry conditions. Use of the trail beyond this sign will lead to unnecessary damage. There is also an expert feature warning sign on the trail. It is very noticeable and well marked before the feature.

Enter the East Segment here. Follow the pink flagging to get to the new trail.

The end of the East Segment – for today. This sign will move down the trail as more trail is ready for visitors.

Information for both West and East Segments

  • Directions: From Sheridan, travel south on Highway 335 for roughly 10 miles from the intersection of Brundage Lane and Coffeen Avenue to where the road become gravel and the road is known as Red Grade Road. Continue another 4.1 miles on Red Grade Road and turn right onto Forest Service Road 318.
  • Parking: Please park along Forest Service Road 318 or 317. Please avoid parking at the large camp behind the trees on FS 318. It is about 0.3 miles after leaving Red Grade Road on FS 318. This is where the trail builders are camping. They have an extended stay permit with the Forest Service and it is their home during the trail building season.
  • Access: Enter the west trail from the large camp behind the trees (off FS 318 about 0.3 miles from Red Grade Road). For the west segment head west up the hill past a brush pile. The west trail enters the forest to the left and quickly becomes apparent. For the east trail head east from the camp across the FS 318 road and follow the pink flagging hanging from the trees. The east trail enters the forest and quickly become apparent.
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Here are some scenes from the West Segment you can enjoy today!

Why Community Trails Matter

We work to create Now, more than ever, access to the outdoors is essential to our physical and mental health. SCLT’s growing network of community are visited more than 20,000 times each year, in part, because they make going from your front door to the outdoors easier than before in Sheridan County.

Why are these trails so important?

Below, is a video made by Hesid Brandow and Kevin Knapp about why the Tongue River Water Trail matters so much to their family. Calling the Tongue River Valley an “incredible community treasure,” Hesid says the water trail has spurred interest in the streams through Sheridan. “In our decade living here,we have watched as the area has been cleaned up. Our family benefits daily from the well-maintained creek bank and we are constantly reminded of just how fortunate we are to live in a community with a land trust!”