Coffeen Park Trailhead is the entrance to a wild world, literally. It's a gateway to the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area. Spear-O-Wigwam Ranch will take people on horses all the way to Highland Park and beyond. Truly hardy individuals backpack in. It's a place you can challenge the elements and get lost in.
We did a group four wheeler ride up to Coffeen and then split up. The more intrepid of us headed for Rinehart Lake located merely at 9057' (2760m). Ken, Robin and Emma live in Arizona at a much lower altitude but they were willing to take the plunge, so to speak.
There used to be a bridge across the creek back in the day when Gary worked for the Forest Service and built it, but that was a LONG time ago! We had to take off our shoes and wade across an extremely cold creek.
Sydney needed help getting across too.
We all made it across and had our shoes back on when Ken realized they left their fishing poles on the other side! (If you enlarge the second picture, you can see them lying there.) So, he just ran across in his boots and picked them up.
I'm not a fisher. I feel sorry for the fish. I do like to hike and take pictures. I love these woods and the magical green undercover that grows in them. In the heat you can smell the pine.
Amber and Emma take their fishing quite seriously. It looks like Ken is supervising but I think he's catching his breath and admiring the view.
Not so high up or so far down the trail, the kids went fishing down here. I left Rinehart and walked back on my own, then went up to see what these guys were doing. Having fun I think.
That's another day of vacation in the Big Horns. For more possible vacation spots, check out My World Tuesday.