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Level: Advanced
Length: 18 mi (29 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +653/405 ft
Total: 10 riders
 

Mountain Biking Middle Fork Popo Agie River

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#49 of 238 mountain bike trails in Wyoming
#3717 in the world

Route: from the Sinks Canyon Campground, head over the bridge crossing the Middle Fork Popo Agie River and up the doubletrack for 3 miles to the paved parking lot. Cross over Sinks Canyon Road at the kiosk and cross the river again. Ride up the wide singletrack 1.5 miles to the junction with Popo Agie Falls. Stop and enjoy the view and then continue on up the trail (or you can turn around here). The next 4.5 miles to the Sheep Bridge are looser and rockier than the first previous stretch up to the falls. The trail ends at a junction with Sheep Bridge Trail. Turn around here, or add more miles by taking Sheep Bridge Trail south to either Wortham Meadows Reservoir or Sheep Bridge Roaring Fork Trailhead.

All of this trail is scenic as it almost always follows the Middle Fork Popo Agie River. Early summer is best when the river is roaring with snowmelt and the wildflowers are blooming. The first part of this trail are fairly easy up to the upper parking lot. Then then next have a steeper grade with log-water bars and some rocky technical areas. The last 4.5 miles are narrower, with more loose rocks, ruts, and horse ruts. The 1.5 miles from the upper parking lot can be busy with hikers. Hikers and horses frequently use this trail. The ride up is a chore with most people having to hike-a-bike some sections, but the ride back down is a technical blast. Watch for wildlife, including bears.

First added by dauw on Apr 28, 2020. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
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From US 287 in Lander, take Sinks Canyon Road (WY 131) south for 7 miles past Sinks Canyon State Park. Immediately after passing through the state park, turn left into the US Forest Service Sinks Canyon Campground. Start riding here, or continue up Sinks Canyon Road 3 miles to the paved parking lot and kiosk to cut out 3 easy miles.
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  • mb8919
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    Great fun trail to ride, it is both technical and scenic. It gets really hot in the area so try and go early in the morning. I was on the trail at 6:30am and it was still cool enough for a comfortable ride. I stayed at the falls until 11am and decided to ride back down after some swimming. Would like to do the whole trail one day but that 3 miles was hard enough on my hardtail.

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  • TheFlyingIguana
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    I got dropped off at the top in worthern meadows. This trail is amazing. being from Mississippi I've never ridden rocks this huge. They're everywere and they try to grab both tires at the same time. Also, wildlife is about. We met a HUGE cow right in the middle of the trail. This trail is really technical. Beginners will not love you for bringing them here.

    If you ride from the top you can contiue on Sinks Canyon Road for another 7 or 8 miles, all downhill (I hit 44MPH!) into lander and then chill at the Lander Bar or the 'Scream Shack.

    * Review edited 8/19/2009

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  • Rob
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    As Dauw indicated, it's technical. I tried to ride it on the 7/5/09, and it was a muddy disaster. Lander has been receiving a bunch of rain, including the night before. I ended up turning around before reaching 2649D, as both ways were deep with mud and mosquitos. Great ride down though. Lots of foot traffic going up to the falls, but not after.

    * Review edited 7/7/2009

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