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Alpine Lakes Loop

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A high elevation hike visiting around 20 alpine lakes in the Snowy Range Mountains.


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11.8

Miles

18.9

KM

Loop

11,022' 3,360 m

High

10,570' 3,222 m

Low

1,070' 326 m

Up

1,065' 325 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

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Overview

The route is mostly not too hard save for a couple small talus fields. This hike is mainly all in the open, so there are great views the entire time especially of the multitude of alpine lakes.

Description

Park at the Brooklyn Lake Trailhead and head out on Sheep Lake Trail #389. Follow this well-maintained trail until a junction around 3.9 miles, where you'll take a left on to Gap Lakes Trail #108.

Follow this trail all the way until the Gap lakes, where the trail slightly disappears across a short talus/boulder field. Just aim for the visible trail shortly past this talus/boulder field, and you'll be fine. Once on this trail, you'll come across another trail junction where you take another left toward Brooklyn Lake on the Lost Lake Trail #395; it is about 3.5 miles back to the trailhead.

There are a couple short turn offs along the trail that you can do if you want to visit more alpine lakes.

Enjoy the alpine lakes at every turn and the abundant wildlife! At this elevation, the trail is usually manageable with low to no snow early July until early to mid-October.

Contacts

Shared By:

Thomas Dean with improvements by Beth Bratschun

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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#33

in Wyoming

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Photos

Snowy range
Aug 7, 2018 near Centennial, WY
Glacier Pond off Lost Lake Trail.
Aug 25, 2016 near Centennial, WY
Medicine Bow wildflowers off Lost Lake Trail.
Aug 25, 2016 near Centennial, WY
View from above North Gap Lake looking toward Shelf Lakes
Oct 31, 2017 near Centennial, WY
Medicine Bow from Gap Lake Trail (108).
Aug 25, 2016 near Centennial, WY
North Twin Lake from trail just after crossing the inlet trail.
Jul 11, 2016 near Centennial, WY

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Sep 22, 2018
Sarah Boury
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