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These trails were designed and are maintained for hiking, mountain biking and nature study. Cook Lake is an easy one-mile hike, while Cliff Swallow is steeper, longer and more difficult.
Below Cook Lake and along the creek, you can see beavers in their natural habitat, plus many species of birds and other wildlife. Cliff swallows nest in the limestone bluffs above Beaver Creek. From the rims, you'll have great views of the surrounding Bearlodge Mountains, plus Beaver Creek valley and Cook Lake. The trails take you through ponderosa pine forest and aspen, birch and oak. You may see white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk grazing in the meadows. In the aspen forest below Cook Lake, beavers have built a series of dams extending two miles along the creek. The dams attract a variety of wildlife that come to the stream to drink in early morning or evening.Directions
20 miles north of Sundance, Wyoming, on Forest Roads 838, 843 and 842.Highlights
Cook Lake, an easy one-mile hike, is designed and maintained for hiking, mountain biking, and nature study.