Lava Creek

Moran Junction, Wyoming

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If you’re day hiking this one, just walk in as far as you choose, and return the same way. The trail is faint, but it becomes much more evident as you climb, crossing an open slope with patches of small aspens and many wildflowers (at least until mid- to late July). There are good views of Buffalo Valley to the south and the Mount Leidy Highlands south of that. Highlights: A little-used trail to a scenic and remote valley.

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"If you’re day hiking this one, just walk in as far as you choose, and return the same way. The trail is faint, but it becomes much more evident as you climb, crossing an open slope with patches of small aspens and many wildflowers (at least until mid- to late July).

There are good views of Buffalo Valley to the south and the Mount Leidy Highlands south of that. Highlights: A little-used trail to a scenic and remote valley."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Moran Junction
Distance: 16
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 7,000 feet
Top Elevation: 8,950 feet
Local Contacts: Bridger-Teton National Forest, Buffalo and Jackson Ranger Districts
Local Maps: USGS Davis Hill, Whetstone Mountain, Gravel Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Lava Creek

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May 2018