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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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5.5

Miles

8.8

KM

77%

Runnable

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

#5896

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  4.8 from 4 votes
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#3

in Snowy Range

#121

in Wyoming

#5,896

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Photos

From the summit of Medicine Bow Peak 12,013' 09/03/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Centennial, WY
Reflections on Lewis Lake on a very calm morning 09/03/18
Sep 28, 2018 near Centennial, WY
View on the way up to Medicine Bow Peak.
Sep 21, 2016 near Centennial, WY
View from the top of Medicine Bow Peak.
Sep 21, 2016 near Centennial, WY
Old Lookout Cabin
Sep 21, 2016 near Centennial, WY
Flower-filled meadow on the Medicine Bow Peak Trail.
Sep 21, 2016 near Centennial, WY

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