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Cloud Peak Wilderness

Located in NE Wyoming in the Bighorn National Forest, this region contains 18,900 acres of wilderness stretching along the backbone of the Bighorn Range. Most of the wilderness is 9000 ft above sea level; Cloud Peak is the highest at 13,175 feet. The region's animals include Mule deer, elk, mountain lion and black bear.

Most agree that the best time to travel the area is from July to September, when the storms aren't as frequent. Lightning storms are common during July, August and September--the drier months. Snow storms can occur during any month.

The wilderness contains many trails that can take up to a week to hike. Registration is required before planning to hike the wild.

Climbers and hikers are urged to go in groups for safety. Maps illustrating the trails of the area are available at US Forest Service offices.