Medicine Bow Peak Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,607' 490 m
Descent: -1,610' -491 m
High: 11,993' 3,656 m
Low: 10,493' 3,198 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 66% (33°)
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“A scenic route through flower-filled meadows and many lakes to the highest point in the Snowy Range.”— Sarah Baker
An alternate trailhead is the Mirror Lake Parking and Picnic Area. There are fewer parking spots at this parking lot than the West Lake Marie parking area.
Take a right at the trail junction for Dipper Lake, and make the final climb up to Medicine Bow Peak. From the peak, take in the panoramic views of Snowy Range Peaks and the numerous lakes in the basin below.
From the peak, descend steep switchbacks to the trail intersection which leads to the Lewis Lake parking area. Take a right and head back to the trailhead on the Lakes Trail. The Lakes Trail passes through many flower-filled meadows and many lakes as it descends back Mirror Lake.
Once back to the Mirror Lake picnic area, follow the Mirror Lake to West Lake Marie Connector back to the trailhead. This route involves a short road section to a paved trail which takes you along the southeast side of Maria Lake and eventually leads you back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: USFS - Medicine Bow & Routt National Forest Office