Lander Cutoff or The Way Trail

Big Piney, Wyoming

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Located 45 miles west of Big Piney, near the southern end of the Salt River Range and northern beginning of Commissary Ridge, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. An enjoyable day hike along a historic Oregon Trail route. The Oregon Trail is certainly the most famous of the many wagon routes to and through the West. From 1834 to 1868, more than 30,000 travelers a year strained a passage through the inhospitable country that later became the state of Wyoming. In 1858, General F.W. Lander directed construction of an Oregon Trail shortcut route that both shortened the journey’s distance by 200 miles and stayed closer to the welcome wood and water of the southern Wind River and Wyoming Ranges. Only a tiny portion of the Lander Cutoff isn’t part of or quite close to a modern-day roadway. The Old Lander Trail affords an unequaled opportunity to retrace a portion of that history.
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Hiking Wyoming

by Bill Hunger (Falcon Guides)

Located 45 miles west of Big Piney, near the southern end of the Salt River Range and northern beginning of Commissary Ridge, in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. An enjoyable day hike along a historic Oregon Trail route. The Oregon Trail is certainly the most famous of the many wagon routes to and through the West. From 1834 to 1868, more than 30,000 travelers a year strained a passage through the inhospitable country that later became the state of Wyoming.

In 1858, General F.W. Lander directed construction of an Oregon Trail shortcut route that both shortened the journey’s
distance by 200 miles and stayed closer to the welcome wood and water of the southern Wind River and Wyoming Ranges. Only a tiny portion of the Lander Cutoff isn’t part of or quite close to a modern-day roadway. The Old Lander Trail affords an unequaled opportunity to retrace a portion of that history.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Big Piney
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contacts: Kemmerer Ranger District (307) 877-4451
Local Maps: Bridger-Teton National Forest Big Piney, Greys River and Kemmerer Districts visitor map; USGS: Poison Meadows
Driving Directions: Directions to Lander Cutoff or The Way Trail

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