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Sykes Mountain Trail
A. Following the drainage
This rocky drainage is the begining of the Sykes Mountain Trail.
B. Pack 7 stops for a photo
Pack 7 stops for a photo while volunteering at Bighorn Canyon
C. Follow the Leader
Pack 7 follows their trail leader up the trail.
D. Rocky Trail
Sykes Mountain trail follows a small game trail up a rocky drainage.
E. Still Climbing
Pack 7 continues to climb up the rocky trail toward the ridgeline.
F. Almost to the ridge
Pack 7 is following the rock cairnes over the limestone rocks leading to the ridgeline.
F. The view looking back
Looking back on the first quarter of the trail.
G. Stopping to enjoy the view
Pack 7 stops on the ridgeline to enjoy the view below before continuing up the trail.
H. Below the Ridgeline
From the ridgeline, hikers can see how the water drains off Sykes Mountain.
I. Bentonite Hills
View of the bentonite hills with the Absaroka Mountain range in the distance.
J. Hiking the Ridgeline
Pack 7 follows the rocky ridgeline to the next rock cairn and turn in the trail.
K. You Can Almost See the Canyon From Here
Hikers just begin to see the Mouth of the Canyon.
L. Horseshoe Bend Overlook
Pack 7 takes a much need break above the chugwater formation to enjoy the views of Horseshoe Bend below.
M. Horseshoe Bend
From this veiw, hikers understand where Horseshoe Bend gets its name.
N. View of the Yellowtail Habitat
To the south, hikers get a birds eye view of the Yellowtail Habitat.
O. One Last View
Hikers get one last view of the lake befor continuing onto the Crooked Creek Summit.
P. Crossing the Flats
Hikers follow the sandy trail through the juniper flats.
Q. View of the Bighorn Mountains from the flats
Hikers get great views of the Bighorn Mountains from the flats.
R. Crooked Creek Summit
Crooked Creek Summit
S. Climb to the Summit
Pack 7 starts their climb to Crooked Creek Summit.