Young's Mountain - Hiking

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Summary

Young's Mountain is a nice, relatively easy walk-up peak climb close to town. There's a ring of rocks at the summit that some believe is a Native American medicine wheel.

Written by

Molly Absolon

Distance

0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

14.6 miles

Difficulty

3 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

4 hours

Half to Full Day.

Seasonality

Spring, Summer, and Fall

Go in the spring (which around here is mid- to late-June) to enjoy the flowers.

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

There’s no obvious trail up Young’s Mountain, but it’s an easy cross-country trek that takes you to a broad summit with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. There's a ring of rocks at the summit that some believe is a Native American medicine wheel. I don't know it that is true, but the rocks lend an air of mystery to an already spectacular spot. Go in the spring (which around here is mid- to late-June) to enjoy the flowers.

What Makes It Great

You’ll start the hike by heading east and climbing gradually up sagebrush-covered slopes. Young’s Mountain is straight ahead. You can see that much of its west-face is impassable due to a line of limestone cliffs. Aim for the southern end of the mountain or right side of the cliffs.

You’ll climb 400 feet to a saddle at the southern end of the mountain. Here turn left or north and begin following the ridge up to the top of Young’s. En route, you will encounter a few bands of rock, but it’s not hard to pick your way through them. If you are blocked one way, look around and you’ll find a place where the band breaks down and allows you to find your way through.

You’ll gain several another 760 feet to reach to top of the peak. It's a big, broad, treed summit so you'll need to go to the edges to get the views. Continue to the northern end of the peak to find a circle of stones laid out across the meadow. It’s unclear what the origins of the circle are. Some people think it may be an Native American Medicine Wheel, others think it was probably just created by some random hiker. Nonetheless, it’s pretty cool to check it out.

From the summit, you can look down into the Little Popo Agie drainage and east into Red Canyon. And of course, north of you lie the magnificent Wind River Mountains. 

Retrace your steps to return to your car.

Who is Going to Love It

Anyone who likes fantastic views and fascinating Native American history. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

To get to the start of the hike, drive south out of Lander on Highway 28 heading toward Farson. At approximately 20 miles, turn right onto Limestone Mountain Road toward Wild Iris climbing area. Drive by the turn to Wild Iris climbing area and continue north dropping down into the Little Popo Agie/Pass Creek vallely in a series of switchbacks roughly five miles from the highway. At the bottom of the switchbacks, you’ll pass a community of summer homes on your left. A few hundred yards further, the road splits. Park your car here.

Location

Young's Mountain

Lander, WY, 82520
42.619576, -108.7408

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