Sheep Mountain Fire Lookout Tower

Total Miles
17.6

Elevation

2,926.95 ft

Duration

1.5 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

From Highway 16, west of Buffalo, you take the Sheep Mountain Road to the lookout. It's an easy ride with spectacular views at the top. The fire lookout facility sits at 9600 feet in the beautiful Bighorn Mountains. You can stay overnight at the facility (rented by the Forest Service) or you can picnic at the top while enjoying the views. There are a few camping spots along the trail.

Photos of Sheep Mountain Fire Lookout Tower

Sheep Mountain Fire Lookout Tower
Sheep Mountain Fire Lookout Tower
Sheep Mountain Fire Lookout Tower

Difficulty

There is nothing difficult about this trail, but it is narrow in places. It crosses a couple of creeks, but there are culverts or bridges.

History

The fire lookout was constructed in 1950 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It sits at an elevation of 9600 feet in the beautiful Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Michael Kripner
Dec 12, 2023
4x4
Open
Snow/Ice
Snow wasn't awful, did just fine in a Subaru. Stick to the middle due to large ditches on either side being hidden from snow.
Josh Holloway
Sep 28, 2023
2016 Toyota Tundra
Open
Normal

Access Description

Take Highway 16 west out of Buffalo, or east out of Ten Sleep, and go north on Sheep Mountain Road.

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