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 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.

Download the Map
Base Trailhead – Google Maps
Springs Trailhead – Google Maps

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.

Updates on construction and what is open

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!”