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Holmes Cave Trail

Beginning Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters)
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 1,936 Feet (603.5 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 9,600 Feet (2992.5 Meters) at Holmes Cave
High Point: 10,218 Feet (3185.2 Meters) at pass
Length: 4 Miles (6.67 Kilometers)
Usage: Moderate

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General Description

TRAIL BEGINS: Range Rider Cabin

TRAIL ENDS: Holmes Cave

ATTRACTIONS: Holmes Cave is a natural cave formation. Water from a small stream runs into the open mouth of a largely unexplored and unstable cave, dropping out of sight within 10 feet. The trail climbs 2.5 miles through open meadows and stands of whitebark pine and subalpine fir to to a pass. From the pass, you can see west down the Buffalo Valley to the Teton Range, south and east into Squaw and Moccasin Basins and across to the Gros Ventre and Wind River Ranges, and north into the Buffalo Forks of the Teton Wilderness. This also marks the boundary of the Teton Wilderness. From here, the trail drops into a glacially carved hanging valley, 1.5 miles from the cave.

Directions from Moran Jct.: Travel east on 26/287 to the turnoff to Range Rider Cabin. It is located on the north (west) side of the highway, about 5 miles west of Togwotee Pass.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: June through September (NOTE: Snow drifts may persist through Early July) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Holmes Cave Trail
ICON Horseback Riding

More Information

Visitor Information:

Buffalo Ranger District, Highway 287, P.O. Box 278 , Moran, WY, 83013, Phone: 307-543-2386


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