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Product Details

  • Series: Regional Hiking Series
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 1st edition (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560447257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560447252
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

This book includes more than 75 hikes in this spectacular country, from the western canyons and badlands to the soaring heights of the Cloud Peak Massif. Detailed hike descriptions, helpful maps, and elevation profiles make this the only guide you'll need to enjoy hiking in the Cloud Peak Wilderness.

More About the Author

Veteran author and backcountry explorer Erik Molvar discovered backpacking while working on a volunteer trails crew in the North Cascades of Washington. He is the author of more than a dozen FalconGuides for such places as Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Olympic National Park, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park, as well as Hiking Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

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Bought this for an upcoming trip and overall am very happy with it.
AvidAthlete
This a very helpful and informative book on anyone who should want to hike in the Cloud Peak Wilderness.
Peggy J. Buell
Definitely recommend mistymoon and porcupine falls they were amazing things to see.
Liz

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
I lived in the Buffalo, WY area for ten years and bought this book to help plan a "homecoming" backpacking trip from afar. Erik Molvar's book covers all the classic trails in the Cloud Peak Wilderness area. In addition, the last half of the book covers hikes in the Big Horn Mountains outside the interior wilderness area. Apparently one reviewer who is not from the area missed this fact. This book is an excellent introduction to the Big Horn Mountains and will guide you through the marvelous scenery of one the the West's least visited but truly unique mountain ranges.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2000
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I live in Wyoming within 40 miles of the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, and have been hiking in it off and on for the past 20 years. On the hikes I've taken since purchasing the book, I found Mr. Molvar's guide useful. The trail descriptions and ratings are accurate for the hikes I've compared to the text, and the author has a clear easy to read style.
I recommend this book. It will not take the place of a detailed map or tell all that one may discover on a particular hike, but it is a useful tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2000
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I live in Wyoming within 40 miles of the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area, and have been hiking in it off and on for the past 20 years. On the hikes I've taken since purchasing the book, I found Mr. Molvar's guide useful. The trail descriptions and ratings are accurate for the hikes I've compared to the text, and the author has a clear easy to read style.
I recommend this book. It will not take the place of a detailed map or tell all that one may discover on a particular hike, but it is a useful tool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Outdoorbobby on January 1, 2013
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Good book for beginners! Not the best for advanced backpackers... It only tells you the routes that most people know already! I would still recommend though!
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This book needs to be updated. It's now 15 years old, and some roads and information have changed. We got lost this weekend trying to follow the out-of-date information. Have other maps with you when trying to follow this book.
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While this book is great for those who live nearby, frequent the area, and can experience the myriad of hikes, rivers, lakes, and scenery in the Cloud Peak Wilderness on a regular basis, there is but one mention of Cloud Peak itself buried on a page not even related.

I was out there this summer (2013) and the majority of people I met in the wilderness were there for one goal: to ascend the 13,000+ft Cloud Peak. For that goal, this book will not help you at all. There is no information nor maps on any specific hikes or routes to the top of Cloud Peak.

Now that I've been up Cloud Peak and back, I can understand why it may not have been included in the book. Once you get in the area of the base of Cloud Peak, there really are no trails to speak of, but rather random scrambling and bouldering to the top for quite some distance. But the lack of distinct trails on the peak aside, in a book like this, wouldn't you at least cover the topic of getting to the base of Cloud Peak and ascending... and pointing out that from that point on there are no trails, just scrambling... maybe a little advice on the ascent? Like different considerations at different times of the year, timing your ascent to get off before inclement weather, essential preparation, things to do or avoid? I would have thought there would be at least a page dedicated to undertaking one of the most popular destinations in the Cloud Peak wilderness: Cloud Peak.

For ascending Cloud Peak, you will do better by going online and reading the experiences and advice of others who have gone before, taking a few notes, printing a couple maps, making sure you have a good trail/topo-map of the area, maybe an updated GPS with the topos if you can afford it.

This book may be a good overall resource for the area, but it was lacking for my specific goal. That being said there is more specific information on the various trails leaving the various trailheads and what to expect on the hikes.
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By Rob Aksamit on July 28, 2013
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I like that the book also covered trails outside Cloud Peak Wilderness. The book is detailed with good maps and descriptions of the BigHorn Mountains.
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This book was an invaluable tool for us during our recent trip to Cloud Peak Wilderness. We found the tips and suggestions very helpful! We also purchased a map from the National Forest Service, but in most cases the book was more useful. Tip: at the Bighorn National Forest Ranger Station in Buffalo Wyoming you can purchase a much better map (with altitude) than the map available at the National Forest Service online store.
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