Popo Agie Falls
Shoshone National Forest, Sinks Canyon, west of Lander, Wyoming in the
Wind River Mountains
Access: From Lander, take 5th street west to the end of the road, then turn right on Sinks Canyon Rd and drive about 9 miles to Bruces Parking Area.
Trail: Easy, 1.5-mile walk along the Middle Fork Popo Agie River along well-marked trail to falls. The Middle Fork Trail continues beyond that to wilderness options.
Trailhead: UTM NAD83 zone 12 675391e 4732973n 7146'
Maps: USGS 1:24K Cony Mt; Fossil Hill
Dogs: Voice control
Webcam: 10 miles northeast in downtown Lander
Weather:Current Conditions Local Forecast
June 16, 2008
I returned to the fork in the trail and decided to head uphill, away from the trailhead. Immediately the trail turned to mush, and I plodded on through wet muck, glad I wore my boots. After only about 1/8 mile, I felt pretty drowsy, so I pulled off the trail and into the woods to find a nice aspen grove to sit and read in. I read for about 2 pages, then felt the irresistible urge to lay down in the soft grass with my head on a thin log. I was snoring in minutes and was out for about half an hour. Napping in the woods when there are no bugs around is awesome. Time well spent. I awoke refreshed, noting the slight change in the color of the sunlight, and decided I better just head back down to the car. I took the walk back no faster than the walk up, taking more photographs of flowers and the river from different angles than before. Taking the time to stop and take pictures has its primary benefit in stopping the hiker and forcing lengthy contemplation of the surroundings. I encountered several groups of hikers on the walk down, even a couple of guys fishing the river. I had my fly rod with me, but I couldnít see much chance of catching something on a dry fly when the water was nothing but furious white water. Plus, I had fun enough just walking and seeing the flowers.