Deer Creek - Ishawooa Pass

Cody, Wyoming

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The Deer Creek Trail is the only trail in the Washakie Wilderness used primarily to get to the Teton Wilderness. At 21 miles, it is by far the fastest way to go, which makes it extremely popular with horse parties. It is the route of choice for outfitters headed to the Thorofare, and dozens of parties can pass you in a day. Further complicating things is the fact that Deer Creek’s lower portion is a tremendous gorge. The trail keeps high on the canyon wall. A beautiful and exciting hike can quickly become a tense series of moments between horse packer and hiker. It is possible a rider could be thrown from a horse in places on this trail and fall 500 feet. No camping is available for the first 11 miles due to topography, so make sure to start early. Highlights: A popular hike to the Thorofare; nice views.

Deer Creek - Ishawooa Pass Professional Review and Guide

"The Deer Creek Trail is the only trail in the Washakie Wilderness used primarily to get to the Teton Wilderness. At 21 miles, it is by far the fastest way to go, which makes it extremely popular with horse parties. It is the route of choice for outfitters headed to the Thorofare, and dozens of parties can pass you in a day. Further complicating things is the fact that Deer Creek’s lower portion is a tremendous gorge. The trail keeps high on the canyon wall.

A beautiful and exciting hike can quickly become a tense series of moments between horse packer and hiker. It is possible a rider could be thrown from a horse in places on this trail and fall 500 feet. No camping is available for the first 11 miles due to topography, so make sure to start early. Highlights: A popular hike to the Thorofare; nice views."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cody
Distance: 50
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Backpack
Season: Best June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 6,200 feet
Top Elevation: 10,400 feet
Local Contacts: Shoshone National Forest; Bridger-Teton National Forest, Buffalo and Jackson Ranger Districts
Local Maps: USGS Valley, Clouds Home Peak, Throrofare Buttes, Open Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Deer Creek - Ishawooa Pass

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