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Powderhorn Wilderness

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General Trip Planning Information

The Powderhorn Wilderness is a fairly popular destination for recreationists. During the summer, most of the use focuses on the Powderhorn Lakes Trail which leads to two scenic lakes. Visitors looking for more solitude should consider access into the area via the other trailheads. During the fall, while hunting use is widespread across the entire area, much of the use is centered in the eastern portion of the Wildeness.

Recreational Opportunities

Recreational opportunities include hiking, backpacking, fishing, horseback riding, and hunting. The area offers outstanding opportunities for solitude and self reflection. All trails can be used in conjunction with each other to create a beautiful 4 or 5 day trip.

Climate and Special Equipment Needs

Season of use is mid June through November. Summer temperatures usually range from nighttime lows of 40 degrees F to daytime highs of 80 degrees F. Afternoon rain showers are common and often heavy. Map and compass use are good skills to have in this area, especially when hiking on the plateaus. Sunscreen, rain gear, and plenty of drinking water are recommended.

Safety and Current Conditions

Care should be taken to avoid ridgetops during rain showers because of lightning strikes. Take your time, enjoy the scenery and avoid over-exertion. Be sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to return.

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