Oregon Buttes

South Pass, Wyoming

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The Oregon Buttes are made up of steep cliffs surrounded by sagebrush prairie. Named by settlers traveling the Oregon Trail, this desert sentinel was a welcome landmark to pioneers because it marked the halfway point on their journey to the West Coast. Petrified wood is abundant here, indicating that the area wasn’t always just sagebrush and greasewood. This ride begins on a county road and then heads across the desert on doubletrack roads. Alternate roads criss-cross the desert, offering exploration opportunities. This route has mostly rolling and easy terrain until the northwest and northern segments, where the route climbs along the edge of Oregon Buttes. Be sure to carry enough water to last the entire trip. There are a couple of sources of water on the route but their reliability as the summer progresses is difficult to predict.

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"The Oregon Buttes are made up of steep cliffs surrounded by sagebrush prairie. Named by settlers traveling the Oregon Trail, this desert sentinel was a welcome landmark to pioneers because it marked the halfway point on their journey to the West Coast. Petrified wood is abundant here, indicating that the area wasn’t always just sagebrush and greasewood.

This ride begins on a county road and then heads across the desert on doubletrack roads. Alternate roads criss-cross the desert, offering exploration opportunities. This route has mostly rolling and easy terrain until the northwest and northern segments, where the route climbs along the edge of Oregon Buttes. Be sure to carry enough water to last the entire trip. There are a couple of sources of water on the route but their reliability as the summer progresses is difficult to predict."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: South Pass
Distance: 22.5
Elevation Gain: 1,950 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: Four to five hours
Season: This route can be pedaled from mid-May through the fall. Muddy conditions, especially in the early spring, make the road across the desert nearly impassable; wait for the road to dry before making the trip. The route can be hot and dry in the summer and this is better as a spring or fall ride.
Trailhead Elevation: 7,750 feet
Top Elevation: 7,900 feet
Local Maps: USGS Dickie Springs, Joe Hay Rim, Rock Cabin Spring, Pacific Springs. The entire route is on the BLM 1:100,000 scale South Pass map.
Driving Directions: Directions to Oregon Buttes

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May 2018