Medicine Bow Trail

HARD 26 reviews

Medicine Bow Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Saratoga, WY that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible from June until November.

6.9 miles 1865 feet Loop

camping

hiking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

Rocky scramble at higher elevation, subalpine wildflowers are plentiful. Very steep and follows switchbacks up to the highest points on the Snowy Range.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike, good scenic views looking down on various glacier lakes. Pretty windy at the top but well worth it. This area looks like a scene from Lord of the Rings...

hiking
27 days ago

Great hike with the dog! A few snow patches, but it was fine, my feet didn't get wet. It was easy to follow all the carines to get to the peak.

2 months ago

Amazing views!

hiking
2 months ago

awesome hike. Give yourself a lot of time, start early and be cautious of weather. 6.9 miles for the full loop. amazing views. Not the hardest hike at all that I've done but definitely not for those who arent prepared to get in a workout.

3 months ago

I love this trail. I think what really makes it hard is the elevation change about halfway up. Bring plenty of water.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this last October, started beautiful then Hail and lightening came while I was above tree line, other than that, this hike is beautiful! The trail is clearly marked above tree line as well. ✌

hiking
3 months ago

Great Hike to see the whole range. Very Rocky at times.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

the best spot in the snowys is on top of the medicine bow peak! the switch backs and considering are insane bit worth it!

5 months ago

Hiked this June 29th. Started up the front and descended the back. The snow was too soft on the steep face to feel safe crossing. We hiked around a steep boulder field to avoid the snow. Beautiful views. Great hike. Would enjoy more without the snow.

hiking
5 months ago

I agree with Jacob below. My friend and I hiked the loop yesterday, June 26th and did not expect the amount of snow covering many parts of the trail. It was incredibly slick. We made the entire hike up the back and down the front, but lost the trail several times as it was snow covered. Beautiful sights and wildflowers, but it would've been nice to know the amount of snow. I look forward to hiking this again when it's a little more clear.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful area/view. I went on June 25th though and there was still 3-6 ft of ice-hard snow in some areas. It was even on the trail in a lot of spots, including on extremely steep mountain sides, making crossing extremely dangerous (I was stupid and did it anyway, it was extremely unsafe). Go as late in the year as possible to avoid the snow. I would have given it a higher rating if an effort was made to clear the trail/warn hikers of snowed-over areas on the mountain side. I can see how people would love it though if it wasn't a life-threatening experience though.

hiking
5 months ago

One of our favorite areas! Hike here 3-4 times every summer, and always bring guests from out of town because it's great for all ability levels. We live in Fort Collins and love to hike with no crowds and friendly people. I always tell people this is an instant gratification hike because the view from the parking lot alone is worth the trip. No need to charge for the summit if you don't want to. Always get an early start though because storms move in fast in the early afternoon and there isn't much cover.

hiking
1 year ago

It was really beautiful scenery and also make sure you got alot of water with you.

1 year ago

Wow, what a hike! Breath taking scenery through out this hike. The first mile was easy enough with no Mosquitos in early August. The last .8 is a stair climber with every step being worth it! Plan on 3 hours which gives plenty of time on top. One of my knew favorites!

hiking
2 years ago

Hiked the Medicine Bow Peak trail in early September. One of the best hikes I've been on. The views are amazing and the hike was fun. The trail is well marked. It can get a little rugged at times but nothing that would require an expert hiker by any means. It took my girlfriend and I about 3 hours up and back with an extended lunch break at the top. I highly recommend this trail to everyone.

hiking
2 years ago

My wife and I enjoyed this 2 mile hike to the top of Medicine Bow Peak from Lewis Lake trailhead very much. This is a really good trail for a summit hike. The trail is well maintained and the views make the climb worth it. Everyone is right about the mosquitos, they are abundant at the lakes but as soon as you climb up a little they aren't much of a problem. The first 1.1 miles are a steady climb just above the lakes then the real climbing begins, for the next eight tenths of a mile you will climb about 1,000 feet. Fortunately, it is short lived and the trail is clearly marked. Once on top of the ridge you will encounter about 100 yards of boulder field. Hang in there, it's worth it.

2 years ago

We loved this hike... even though we were mosquito food! We took our kids (4, 6, 8) but without help from us and the teenagers they would not have made it to the top. This is a favorite for us!

hiking
2 years ago

Hiked to Deep Lake. Great fishing, camping, hiking, and exploring. Mosquitos were a little annoying. No one around except for our last two nights camping. Wild flowers were amazing!! My husband proposed to me out there! :)

hiking
3 years ago

Hiked this today. Not a bad trail at all, lots of people, but it Labor Day wknd so it was expected. A lot of dogs on the trails too. Took us about 4 hours round trip with lunch at the top and stopping to take pictures. I would definitely recommend getting use to the altitude before doing this climb since last .8 miles is intense and takes a lot of drive to get up.