Red Grade Trails start at approximately 7,800 feet and is 5.7 miles in length. It is of easy to moderate difficulty. As you go, you will wind through mixed conifer and aspen forest along the drainage of a year-round flowing stream, switch-back across an open bluff with exposed rock outcropping, sweep down into a prairie grass meadow, and climb up a steep gully to fantastic vistas. The trail offers stretches of shade in the warmer months, and on clear nights it allows spectacular views out along the face of the Bighorns, the valley and the city below.
Additionally, two gravel parking lots are available for trail users at the Base and Springs trailheads.
Dogs are welcome, although horses are prohibited on this current stretch of trail. Plans for equestrian and additional biking and hiking trails in the vicinity are underway.
Directions: From Sheridan, travel south on Highway 335 for roughly 10 miles from the intersection of Brundage Lane and Coffeen Avenue. The last half mile is a well-maintained gravel road. Winter: 4-wheel drive generally required.
We are in the process of a multi-year project to take Red Grade Trails from The Base of the mountain all the way up to Bear Gulch. In the future, you’ll be able to enjoy a network of more than 20 miles of sustainable, non-motorized trail along with six total trailheads and parking lots giving you ample access to the trail system. Below is a map that shows you what parts of the full system have been built, what trails are in progress, what trails are coming soon, and what trails are under review.