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    Default Solitude Loop Trail, WY: My Experience

    It's not a very well-known trail outside of the local area but the 55+ mile Solitude Loop Trail in Wyoming's Cloud Peak Wilderness (Bighorn National Forest) is well worth a look. I'm a slow hiker (I like to enjoy the scenery) I finished it in 5 1/2 days. It would have been less if I hadn't had to hike out and back in 12.5 miles to replace a frozen water filter.

    If anyone cares to read about it, I just posted my journal from the trip on my blog:

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    Fantastic! We (my wife and I) are THERE, asap. thanks for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuneElliot View Post
    It's not a very well-known trail outside of the local area but the 55+ mile Solitude Loop Trail in Wyoming's Cloud Peak Wilderness (Bighorn National Forest) is well worth a look. I'm a slow hiker (I like to enjoy the scenery) I finished it in 5 1/2 days. It would have been less if I hadn't had to hike out and back in 12.5 miles to replace a frozen water filter.

    If anyone cares to read about it, I just posted my journal from the trip on my blog:

    https://idlewildandpawprints.wordpre...de-loop-trail/

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    Nice job! Great pictures. A trail to keep in mind for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_rob View Post
    Fantastic! We (my wife and I) are THERE, asap. thanks for sharing!
    I'd highly recommend this time of year for this trail...no earlier because of the mosquitoes and biting flies in most years. This was a dry year so probably could have gone earlier without too many insects. Best window for this trail is early August to early September.

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    Great trip report!!! Damn my list just keeps growing!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by saltysack View Post
    Great trip report!!! Damn my list just keeps growing!!!!!


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    The nice thing about this trail...the lack of people in most places. I only saw/met people in a handful of places, other than that I saw no one. While I am loathe to advertise such a secluded and wild place on the internet I think most people on WB crave what I do...peace, quiet and solitude for backpacking. It's tough enough to get to so not too worried about the masses congregating here.

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    Definitely going into my 'Destinations' folder. Wonderful trip report!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltysack View Post
    Great trip report!!! Damn my list just keeps growing!!!!!


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    You could shorten it with a single entry.
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    Thank you. I need to get busy. Wyoming has so much to offer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    You could shorten it with a single entry.
    WYOMING

    DuneElliot,
    Thank you. I need to get busy. Wyoming has so much to offer.
    Wayne


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    Ha..no doubt...I haven't been back to Wyoming since my honey moon in Jackson hole.....16 years ago....my sister lives in Idaho Falls not to far away....WY is awesome place....think I'll plan on wind river range for next year.....


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    Wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing. And thank you for the heads up about trails ot really being where they ought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saltysack View Post
    Ha..no doubt...I haven't been back to Wyoming since my honey moon in Jackson hole.....16 years ago....my sister lives in Idaho Falls not to far away....WY is awesome place....think I'll plan on wind river range for next year.....


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    We don't really claim Jackson as being part of Wyoming...lol

    Quote Originally Posted by Pringles View Post
    Wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing. And thank you for the heads up about trails ot really being where they ought.

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    I'd like to hike it again, but really want to figure out the missing trail first. It sucks when you can't trust a map or a book or a GPS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuneElliot View Post
    We don't really claim Jackson as being part of Wyoming...lol



    I'd like to hike it again, but really want to figure out the missing trail first. It sucks when you can't trust a map or a book or a GPS!
    I hear ya....we were actually in Moran Wyoming..... I realize it's a tourist trap...like most ski towns these days....still beautiful country


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    Quote Originally Posted by saltysack View Post
    I hear ya....we were actually in Moran Wyoming..... I realize it's a tourist trap...like most ski towns these days....still beautiful country


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    It is gorgeous. I'd like to do the Wind River Range too, but I'm not hiking in grizzly country alone!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuneElliot View Post
    It is gorgeous. I'd like to do the Wind River Range too, but I'm not hiking in grizzly country alone!!!
    I was going to ask.... I think this Solitude Loop is NOT in Grizzly habitat, correct? FWIW, most of the Winds are technically in Grizzly range, but I believe they are extremely rare down south in the winds. Not that "extremely rare" is a perfect situation....

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    Quote Originally Posted by colorado_rob View Post
    I was going to ask.... I think this Solitude Loop is NOT in Grizzly habitat, correct? FWIW, most of the Winds are technically in Grizzly range, but I believe they are extremely rare down south in the winds. Not that "extremely rare" is a perfect situation....
    Correct. We have black bears but they are pretty shy. I've seen more in the lower foothills than I ever have in the higher elevations. I carry bear spray and sometimes hang my food, but they aren't really a concern. The only thing I worry about in the Bighorns is startling one when I'm alone, or coming between a mother and cubs...other than that, they aren't a problem for me.

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    Great hike, awesome pics.

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    If you don't hang your food, what do you do with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pringles View Post
    If you don't hang your food, what do you do with it?
    Most of the time I hang it, but on the rare occasion I don't...where chipmunks were more of a risk than bears, I just put it under the awning. I also left it under a tree one night too.

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    Thanks. I was just wondering. I'm thinking of going up to Mirror Lake this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pringles View Post
    If you don't hang your food, what do you do with it?
    Makes a great pillow....


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