This summer continues year two of senior hikes led by The Hub on Smith’s fun assistant (yup, that’s her title), Jean Harm, myself and Wyoming Wilderness Association’s Heidi Davidson. Hosting six hikes each summer, we especially look forward to outings in August to escape the town’s hot concrete and breathe in fresh mountain air. Mark your calendars for Aug. 11-12 for the Rock Creek Recommended Wilderness excursion and Aug. 23 for the Medicine Wheel exploration.
The trek into Rock Creek Recommended Wilderness, sponsored by the Wyoming Wilderness Association, will be a true reward for all participants. Register early as space is limited. Rock Creek is northwest of Buffalo, adjacent to and west of the Bud Love Big Game Winter Range and HF Bar Ranch. It’s 34,000 acres, contiguous with Cloud Peak Wilderness to the west, comprised of forested timberlands, mountain parks, rugged canyons and stunning geologic outcrops. As the area was part of the original proposed 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act, WWA continues to advocate for its wilderness designation and encourages everyone to experience the wild terrain.
This Rock Creek hike will follow North Sayles Creek on TR 051. Co-led by Khale Century Reno, WWA’s executive director, I will offer up as much geology of the area as you would care to consume. Retired Wyoming Game and Fish Department fisheries biologist Bill Bradshaw will share his expertise on the ongoing efforts to maintain the trout-fishing resource in the forest. As this hike offers an overnight option, attend the organizational meeting at the Hub Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. if you would like to make it a weekend.
The hike up Medicine Wheel will be an educational endeavor for all who can attend. Dave McKee from the Bighorn National Forest will narrate along the way and provide extensive history to the spiritual area. If you can adventure above 10,000 feet in elevation, don’t miss out on what is sure to be an amazing day.
As all hosted hikes range from easy to difficult, some are local jaunts on Sheridan’s pathway system after a filling lunch at the Hub. Yum! Additionally, while intended for the senior crowd, we have encouraged all ages to participate, having hikers range in age from 7 to 91. We always cater to folks who may have physical limitations and unable to reach the destination. A valiant effort by all makes for an enjoyable experience. While participants have expressed a desire to learn more details, we are currently working on ways to post information that will help with better preparedness, as well as archiving past hikes with narratives and pictures. The Hub’s website (thehubsheridan.org) will have all information on our upcoming and past hikes. We thank the Hub’s staff for helping. Stop by the website in the future to see what we have posted and check out the Hub’s fall newsletter for four upcoming hikes in September and October.
For more information or to register, call the Hub or WWA. We look forward to joining you on the trail, eating GORP, scaling to vistas and maybe even fishing for epic Bighorn trout in alpine streams.
Steve Stresky is a volunteer at the Hub on Smith and a geoscientist.