Red Grade Trail System

Red Grade Trails System is a looping, non-motorized, year-round hiking and biking trail located on State land at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains. Future extension will include additional trails on Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. The trail system is funded entirely by grants and support from community members to Sheridan Community Land Trust.

Red Grade Trails start at approximately 7,800 feet and is 13.5 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.

Two gravel parking lots are available for trail users at the Base and Springs trailheads.

Dogs are welcome throughout and horses welcome for portions of the currently constructed trails. Additional trails for equestrian, biking, and hiking trails in the vicinity are underway.


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.

Base Trailhead – Google Maps
Springs Trailhead – Google Maps
Poverty Flat Trailhead – Google Maps
Bear Gulch East – Google Maps
Download the full system Map

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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!”