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Cloud Peak Wilderness

The Cloud Peak Wilderness. (Ttharp/Wikipedia)

The Cloud Peak Wilderness has been maintained as a primitive area since 1932, and in 1984 it received official wilderness status. This is 195-thousand acres of spectacular scenery and a wildlife wonderland, named for the highest peak in the Bighorn National Forest.

The Cloud Peak Wilderness features sensational sharp summits and rock faces that look down on pristene glacier-carved, u-shaped valleys. There are 300-lakes, 49 miles of fishing streams, and more than 150 miles of breathtaking hiking trails within the Wilderness. The mountain for which the Wilderness is named, Cloud Peak, climbs to a height of 13,175 feet. The other most familiar peak in the Cloud Peak Wilderness is Bomber Mountain, named after a disastrous crash of an Air Force B-17 bomber, flying a training mission during World War II, into its rugged face in 1943 that killed all 10 men aboard.

The Cloud Peak Wilderness is home to a variety of wildlife that includes elk, deer, and moose. There are great herds of mountain sheep, and you’ll even see black bear in the Wilderness. The streams are full of rainbow, cutthroat, brook, and German brown trout.

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