Five Pockets

Dubois, Wyoming

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The trail heads north as you leave the trailhead, passing a sign that reads, “Five Pockets.” It winds gently downhill and meanders around for a while, but after about 0.7 mile, it begins to climb fairly steeply away from the stream valley, heading to the northeast. You might think this is the wrong trail because of the direction and the abundant unmarked trails that branch to your left (west). These are elk or angler trails. Avoidance of the gorge of Horse Creek is the reason for the climb. You gain about 500 feet in 0.5 mile. If you take the opportunity to scramble up the low limestone ledge to the left of the trail, the reward is a fine view of Horse Creek Canyon. Soon you level off and begin walking gently downhill. Small meadows appear, and at 2.5 miles, you come to Carson Lake—a shallow, scenic lake where moose like to hang out. Highlights: A stunning mountain valley.

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"The trail heads north as you leave the trailhead, passing a sign that reads, “Five Pockets.” It winds gently downhill and meanders around for a while, but after about 0.7 mile, it begins to climb fairly steeply away from the stream valley, heading to the northeast. You might think this is the wrong trail because of the direction and the abundant unmarked trails that branch to your left (west).

These are elk or angler trails. Avoidance of the gorge of Horse Creek is the reason for the climb. You gain about 500 feet in 0.5 mile. If you take the opportunity to scramble up the low limestone ledge to the left of the trail, the reward is a fine view of Horse Creek Canyon. Soon you level off and begin walking gently downhill. Small meadows appear, and at 2.5 miles, you come to Carson Lake—a shallow, scenic lake where moose like to hang out. Highlights: A stunning mountain valley."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Dubois
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 8,200 feet
Top Elevation: 8,800 feet
Local Contacts: Shoshone National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Five Pockets, Ramshorn Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Five Pockets

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May 2018