This open landscape is perfect for enjoying the view across the Elk River to Wigwam Flats, spreading out in a prominent grassy plateau with Mount Broadwood rising in rocky steps. The Elk and Wigwam rivers flow as thin ribbons 400 m (1,300 ft.) below the Sheep Mountain viewpoint. These rivers usually carry different colours of mountain water, depending on what minerals they contain. (For the Wigwam Flats hike, see entry #66.)
The trail up Sheep Mountain follows an old road through Douglas fir forests. In May and early June the grassland near the summit is bright with yellow balsamroot flowers (sunflowers). Unfortunately, springtime on these open, arid, grassy hillsides is also prime season for wood ticks. Take the appropriate precautions for preventing tick bites and enjoy the open scenic views at Sheep Mountain.
Sheep Mountain was used for a fire watch lookout tower, but the structures have been removed. Hikers can also appreciate the extensive views out across the rolling Rocky Mountain Trench, by hiking southwest a little at the upper switchback.