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Medicine Bow Peak Trail #295

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 4.8 (4)

A scenic trail through flower-filled meadows and many lakes to the highest peak in the Snowy Range.


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Map Key

5.5

Miles

8.8

KM

Point to Point

11,999' 3,657 m

High

10,501' 3,201 m

Low

1,606' 490 m

Up

1,335' 407 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

59%

Max Grade (30°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts at the West Lake Marie parking area and immediately climbs steep, rocky switchbacks up to the ridge of the Snowy Range. The trail flattens at 1.25 miles from the trailhead, passing intermittent meadows and rock scree. Keep an eye out for rock piles with wooden poles sticking out; these mark the trail and are useful for finding the trail when it may still be snow covered in the early summer.

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 the Lakes Trail #296. Turn left and follow the trail down to Lewis Lake and to the Lewis Lake parking lot, where this trail comes to an end.

Flora & Fauna

The wildflowers are amazing in late June and July, especially along the Lakes Trail.

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Shared By:

Sarah Baker

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 4 votes

#3

in Snowy Range

#5922

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  4.8 from 4 votes
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#3

in Snowy Range

#121

in Wyoming

#5,922

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Photos

Last part of the trail before the boulder field 09/03/18 (Kids aged 12 and 9)
Sep 28, 2018 near Centennial, WY
Reflections on Lewis Lake on a very calm morning 09/03/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Centennial, WY
Taking a short break from the switchbacks with beautiful lake views 09/03/18 (Kids aged 12 and 9)
Sep 28, 2018 near Centennial, WY
From the summit of Medicine Bow Peak 12,013' 09/03/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Centennial, WY
More amazing lake views 09/03/18 (Kids aged 12 and 9)
Sep 28, 2018 near Centennial, WY
There was a sign for us to take a picture with at the summit of Medicine Bow Peak 12,013' 09/03/18 (Kids aged 12 and 9)
Sep 28, 2018 near Centennial, WY

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Aug 22, 2019
Andy Markevicus
5.5mi — 2h 01m
Jul 21, 2019
S M
Jul 21, 2019
Ronny Smith
Hiked with Tater. Patches of snow, beautiful views. Started hike too late, exposed ridge. Lost trail in snow after summit; scary return w/ lightning. 6mi — 4h 30m
Jul 26, 2018
Kat Chorman
Nice and short. views from the ground by the lakes are better than summit views. camped night before at Brooklyn lake campground. 5mi
Aug 19, 2017
Thomas Spannuth
Jun 7, 2017
Chris Jones
out and back. to much snow to continue on. 2mi