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Quick Facts

Wild Cow Park Trail

Difficulty: More Difficult
Length: 16.5 Miles (27.5 Kilometers)
Trail Number: 1862
Usage: Moderate




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General Description

You start on the trail from the Marvine Road climbing Big Ridge. Once onto the ridge top, the view to the southeast reveals the Marvine drainages, Rat Mountain, and the Little Marvine Peaks. Three miles from the road, you drop into a saddle with Red Springs on your right about 100 yards below the trail. In addition to the aspen and sagebrush parks you've been traveling through scattered lodgepole pine may be seen along the trail to the north. One and one-half miles beyond Red Springs, you enter a stand of lodgepole from which the Wild Cow Park Trail branches off to the south.

The Wild Cow Park Trail leaves the Big Ridge Trail and crosses a corner of Big Park. You continue on south through open parks and aspen entering the Wilderness 1 1/2 miles from the Big Ridge Trail. One mile into the Wilderness, you enter Wild Cow Park and then turn right in the middle of the park down to the East Marvine Trail 3 miles from the Big Ridge Trail.

Directions from Meeker: Wild Cow Park Trail are located 35 miles east of Meeker. Take State Highway 13 east out of Meeker for one mile; turn right on County Road 8 for 28 miles; turn right, cross the bridge and turn left on the Marvine Creek Road (County Road 12) for 1 mile to the Big Ridge trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Accessible: May through November (NOTE: Always open. Beware of severe Winter conditions.) .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports
Open Updated: 2000-05-26 18:02:00.0


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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking
ICON Horseback Riding
Yes



Related Activities
Big Ridge Trail - This trail begins near the mouth of Marvine Creek and climbs along Big Ridge to views of the surrounding mountains and valleys past several lakes and through a variety of ecosystems.



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