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    02-29-2012, 07:46 AM
  #11
Foal
Painted, if coming from Hoback Jct., a hundred yards or so, there is a dirt road on the left and shortly after accessing the road, there will be a place to park. Just across the road from parking is the trail to hit for Cow Creek.

For Shadow Mt. You would turn right (east) onto Anelope Flats Rd which is about a mile or so nort of Moose on RT 89, follow to stop sign and trun north, follow to Forest service access road on left, camp when you get to the quakies.

Across from Cunninham Cabin is the service road for Spread Creek. Soon after leaving Teton Park boundry in a nice shady spot to camp on the left. Good grass for the horses here and water nearby.

Up the Gros Ventre Rd, about two miles past the camp ground at Slide Lake, there is good parking on the right and nice trail on the left for Horsetail Creek. Another nice ride.

If you horseback in the Spread Creek area or Pacific Creek area, there are grizzlies in both those places. Horsetial Creek and Cow Creek, maybe blacks but no griz, but could see wolves.

I have never been in Shoal Creek though. Friend of ours used to be an outfitter in there years ago. I think his son still runs his camp in there though.

Another nice ride is up on the Sleeping Indian, but little water once you get up there.
     
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    02-29-2012, 09:44 AM
  #12
Yearling
Thanks for the suggestions. Always looking for someplace new to explore. And while I enjoy the Two Oceans trails and the views from Grand View. Some place new would be fun. I've seen packs of wolves up around Two Oceans. But the only Grizzlies we have seen have beenin the park up in the Hayden Valley when we ride into Mary Lake.

So Horsetail looks like you can ride up it, cross over and drop into Slate creek and follow it back down to road and back to your starting point to make a reasonible day loop.

My map doesn't show any formal trails across Shadow Mountain, Do you just Bush wack or wander along the Shadow Mountain road?


Same problems in Spread Creek. Are there any structured trails to follow or just following elk trails?

Black Bears don't bother me, We occassionally see them here in Utah, keep a clean camp and usually not a problem. Always nervous about the Grizzlies since I just don't have much experience with them. And what experience I do have has ben while fishing in Alaska.

Being that I'm not a resident, I had to hunt outside the wilderness area, So Shoal Creek was accessable to me without a guide.. We camped along Granite Creek and rode up and over into the Shoal creek area. Shot a nice 4x4. Since I was hunting we pretty much just wandered the ridge lines.
     
    02-29-2012, 05:15 PM
  #13
Foal
Not much riding to be had at Shadow Mt but a decent place to camp if you have to.
From Slate Creek back to Horsetail would be several miles on the dirt road. There is a FS campground at Red Hills and a trail on the south side which will bring you up behind the Sleeping Indian, I have only been part way up due to a late start. There are a few trails, but they may have grown in since the last ime I was up in there. From the end of the road, there is a trail that goes for some distance. Most all the trails do connect with others and you could ride for weks on them. You could start at Granith Creek and end up in Slate Creek and then to Horsetail, or the North Fork of Ditch Creek, or Spread Creek, Mount Leidy, and near the top of Togwotee Pass. Lts of Grizz in Ditch, Spread, Leidy, Togwotee areas. Not too sure about Slate.
     
    03-03-2012, 11:34 AM
  #14
Trained
Awesome pictures! I have ridden rental horses in Yellowstone. There is no place on the planet that is more beautiful. I would love to ride there again. We have some cousins that own a ranch just north of the park and they do day rides in the park. I'm not sure of the details.
     

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