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Quick Facts

Cliff Creek Trail

Beginning Elevation: 6,960 Feet (2169.6 Meters)
Difficulty: Easy to More Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,207 Feet (376.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,167 Feet (2545.8 Meters)
Length: 12.3 Miles (20.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 137
Usage: Moderate
USGS Maps: Clause Peak, Hoback Peak

Satellite and Topo Map

General Description

TRAIL BEGINS: At the south end of Forest Road #30530 Cliff Creek Road, at its junction with Forest road #30531 Sandy Marshall Creek.

TRAIL ENDS: On the Upper Hoback River Trail #131 about 1 1/4 miles south of Roosevelt Meadows.

ATTRACTIONS: View of one of the district's prettiest waterfalls, Cliff Creek Falls. This trail also accesses the WRNRT and high alpine terrain. Cliff Creek must be crossed at least 3 times but the fords are not too deep or wide. Small sensitive camp spots exist at the trailhead, plus Snag Creek, Bondurant Creek and the falls. SPECIAL CARE MUST BE TAKEN WITH SANITATION.

Directions from US Hwy. 191-189, Hoback Canyon: Turn south about 4 miles west of the Hoback Guard Station onto Forest Road # 30530. Continue south to where the road turns sharply to the east and becomes Sandy Marshall road. Turn west, ford Cliff Creek and continue about 3/4 mile south to the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through October .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Bill Best (Jackson, WY)
Time of Day: 10 am
Length of Time: 4 hours on horseack
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful horseback trail. Also in the area is Clause Creek trail, which is an old logging road...very easy climb and wide trail
Conditions: MAJOR ISSUE: Forest service map shows that Sandy Marshall Road is well maintained...it is not. Major ruts, and impassable in spots for horse trailer. Had to turn around and use Cliff Creek Road.
Water Availability: plentiful
Recommended Clothing: mostly shade

Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Connects to Bondurant Creek and the Upper Hoback River Trail.
ICON Fishing
ICON Hiking & Walking Cliff Creek Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Connects to Bondurant Creek and the Upper Hoback River Trail.
ICON Hunting
ICON Mountain Biking
ICON Viewing Scenery

Related Activities
Bondurant Creek Trail - This trail leads from the Cliff Creek Trail, up Bondurant Creek, and over to Kilgore Creek in the upper Hoback River drainage.

Highline Trail - This trail leads from Bondurant Creek to the Upper Hoback Trail #131. The Highline offers some of the most scenic views on the district.

Little Greys River Trail - This trail accesses the scenic Wyoming Range from the end of Little Greys River Road. It connects to the Cliff Creek Trail #137.

Snag Creek Trail - This trail leads from Cliff Creek, up Snag Creek, to the Monument Ridge Trail. It offers expansive views of the surrounding mountain ranges from Monument Ridge.

Upper Hoback River Trail - This trail leads up the upper end of the Hoback River, linking to the North Horse Creek Trail #053. It leads through open meadows and a narrow steep canyon.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Big Piney Ranger District, Highway 189, P.O. Box 218 , Big Piney, WY, 83113, Phone: 307-276-3375


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