Bucking Mule Falls

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Trail Distance: 17 miles
Time Estimate: 8 hr 40 min
Elevation Gain: 3800 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: Yes
Description

Located on the Bighorn National Forest about 35 miles from Lovell, Wyoming, the lightly used 17-mile Bucking Mule Falls Trail is a challenging hike with big views. You and your pup will definitely get a workout as this trail has an average grade of 20 percent. If you’re not sure what that means – it’s pretty doggone steep! While you and your pup will be panting, the vistas will be worth it.

Many hikers and their pooches opt to trek only to the overlook at the trail’s namesake falls. Just 4.7 miles round-trip, this stretch has a lot of bang for its buck. There are beautiful swaths of wildflowers like lupine and arrowleaf balsamroot, shady stands of trees, high mountain prairies with grass and sage, and lots of wildlife! Deer, elk and moose are commonly seen on the Bucking Mule Falls trail, so it’s a good idea to follow the rules and keep Fido leashed. While traffic is usually sparse on this trail, it is open to mountain bikers and equestrians, in addition to hikers.

At the overlook, you and your dog will get a spectacular view of the trail’s namesake falls as it dives more than 600 feet into the Bucking Mule Canyon. Rocky outcroppings provide a jagged contrast to the lush conifers that blanket the canyon rim. It’s a breathtaking resting point for you and your pup.


Another trail highlight includes a quaint bridge crossing over the cool, clear waters of Teepee Creek. Although it looks refreshing, it’s not safe for humans to drink if it’s not filtered properly. Pack more water than you think you will need for you and Fido – you’ll likely drink it all. Substantial snacks, sunscreen, a jacket, hat and sunglasses are also recommended.

If you and your pup are looking for an adventure with breathtaking views, the Bucking Mule Falls trail is the hike for you!

Trail Features
Forest, Steep Inclines, Diverse Landscape, Loose Terrain, Rocky
Scenic, Waterfall, Wildflowers, Abundant Wildlife
Cautions & Considerations

There are long stretches of steep trail with no access to water that can be especially brutal on hot days – extra water, sunscreen and clothing layers are essential. Even though the single-track trail is dirt, parts of it can still get quite hot during the summer, so plan the timing of your visit with your pup’s bare paws in mind. A map is also recommended.

Address
FSR 14
Lovell, WY 82431
Hours
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Address
FSR 14
Lovell, WY 82431
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours