Paradise Valley

Cody, Wyoming

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This trail is suitable for a day hike, although the trip to Flora Lake is best done as an overnighter. Kitty Creek and Neva Creek flow through gentle, flower-filled meadows, unlike the unseen rugged drainages on both sides of this subalpine paradise. These meadows are best in August when full of wildflowers, but not so full of mosquitoes as they are earlier. There are several informal trails at the trailhead. After parking, continue up the road. In about 150 yards, a wide trail (another old road) leaves to the left. Do not stay on the old logging road, which is the road to your right at this junction. Now on the wide trail, you soon reach the boundary sign for the Washakie Wilderness. Here the trail narrows and climbs steeply up the forested canyon of Kitty Creek. As you climb, enjoy the nice views through the forest of the rugged Absaroka Range north of the highway in the seldom-traveled North Absaroka Wilderness.
Hiking Wyoming's Teton & Washakie Wildness Areas

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Hiking Wyoming's Teton & Washakie Wildness Areas

by Lee Mercer & Ralph Maughan (Falcon Guides)

This trail is suitable for a day hike, although the trip to Flora Lake is best done as an overnighter. Kitty Creek and Neva Creek flow through gentle, flower-filled meadows, unlike the unseen rugged drainages on both sides of this subalpine paradise. These meadows are best in August when full of wildflowers, but not so full of mosquitoes as they are earlier.

There are several informal trails at the trailhead. After parking, continue up the road. In about 150 yards, a wide trail (another old road) leaves to the left. Do not stay on the old logging road, which is the road to your right at this junction. Now on the wide trail, you soon reach the boundary sign for the Washakie Wilderness. Here the trail narrows and climbs steeply up the forested canyon of Kitty Creek. As you climb, enjoy the nice views through the forest of the rugged Absaroka Range north of the highway in the seldom-traveled North Absaroka Wilderness.

©  Lee Mercer & Ralph Maughan/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cody
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 7,000 feet
Top Elevation: 9,100 feet
Local Contacts: Shoshone National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Chimney Rock, Eagle Creek, Pinnacle Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Paradise Valley

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