Soldier Ridge Trail and Hidden Hoot Trail

Soldier Ridge Trail

Located in the foothills of the Bighorns, this 4-mile, non-motorized trail is perfect for a sunrise walk with your dog, trail run, horseback ride, or mountain bike ride. It offers beautiful 360 degree views and is located convenient to Sheridan. Bring a windbreaker during colder months and extra sunscreen and a hat during the summer as the trail follows the exposed ridge.

The Soldier Ridge Trail is located where pavement turns to gravel at the end of W 5th St., about a 5 minute drive from downtown Sheridan. When the road becomes gravel, take the second left (first left is a private driveway) and cross a cattle guard. Turn right into the trailhead parking area.

The Classic Soldier Ridge Trail is 4.1 miles and was completed in 2013. This trail was made possible through generous gifts from the Don Roberts Family and ERA Carroll Realty and was a combined conservation and recreation project. Read more about the two conservation easements that protect 1,154 acres along Soldier Ridge, a prominent landmark, on our Conserved Properties page.

Directions: From Sheridan, travel west on 5th Street (Hwy. 330) – about five minutes from downtown Sheridan. When the pavement turns to gravel, take the second left and cross a cattle guard. Turn right into the trailhead parking area.

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Hidden Hoot Trail

This 3 mile lollipop trail traverses shaded draws, wetlands, and sweeping views of the Bighorns. It is perfect for running, hiking and has quickly become the area’s most popular bike ride. Hidden Hoot connects to the Sheridan Pathways system which makes going from your front door to the outdoors easier than ever before!

Directions: From Sheridan, travel west on 5th Street just past the Y gas station to Blacktooth Park on your left – across the street from the old John Deere store. Park in the Park’s lot and travel the Sheridan Pathway south for 0.7 miles. Take a left through the gate onto Hidden Hoot.

In 2020, you’ll complete a link from Hidden Hoot Trail to the Soldier Ridge Trail. That trail will span about 2 miles and complete the Soldier Ridge Trail System loop.

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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!”