OverviewSheep Mountain is a summit in the Medicine Bow Mountains of Northern Colorado in the Rawah Wilderness Area. Sheep Mountain has 600ft of prominence and isolation of 1.5 miles from it's highest neighbor South Rawah Peak. Sheep Mountain is situated a little east of the main spine of mountains and as a result, it has awesome views of the higher Rawah Peaks.
Surrounded by grassy, alpine tundra, I think Sheep Mountain is one of the coolest peaks in the Rawah. In the spring, snow disappears off Sheep Mountain first, so vegetation that melting snow yields draws an array of wildlife such as Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and Rocky Mountain Elk. Like all summits in the Rawah, Sheep Mountain will provide one with solitude and amazing views.
Red TapeThe only Red Tape in the Rawah's is the snow. The Medicine Bow Mountains are a notoriously snowy range. Roads to the the trail heads open late May to early June (with the exception of the Blue Lake Trailhead which can be open year round because it is along HWY 14). For current conditions, HERE. If the roads are still open, access higher wont normally be snow free until mid-June. Bugs are bad in June as well. Groups are limited to 12 people.
-Camping and fire building are prohibited within 200 feet of all lakes, streams and trails to protect water quality, sensitive vegetation and to help assure solitude.
-Camping is prohibited within one-quarter mile of Blue Lake and Hang Lake. Do not camp or use a fire in revegetative sites. These areas are seeded with native, high-altitude grasses and need protection to grow.
-Campfires are prohibited in the alpine areas above 10,800 feet. Campfires consume scarce vegetation and leave permanent scars on the fragile soils of the area.
-No camping around Blue Lake or Hang Lake
The closest established camping can be found at Chambers Lake Campground.
Getting ThereFrom Fort Collins to the West Branch Trailhead- Head west on HWY 14 (Poudre Canyon Highway). Follow the Poudre Canyon Highway for 51 miles until you reach CO Road 103 (if you reached the Chambers Lake Campground you have gone too far). Take a right and follow this road around the east side of Chambers Lake. Follow this nice dirt road for just under 7 miles until you reach the West Branch Trailhead on the left-you cant miss it. For other trailhead information, see the page on the Medicine Bow Mountains
If you are starting at the Rawah Trailhead, continue down CO Road 103 for another 3.5 miles until you see a trailhead on the right side.
External LinksRawah Wilderness
Arapaho National Forest Service page for the Rawah Wilderness.
Current Weather Conditions
Current weather conditions for Sheep Mountain as forcasted by NOAA.
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