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Bring backup snowshoes for sure and spikes for boots if going in winter. Beautiful trail with a VERY scenic drive up. Took about an hour in snow but we started from the fork of lonely lake and creedmore, adding a little less than another mile to the hike. I was expecting there to be water in the lake but I guess that's just a summer/fall thing. Definitely a good spot if you don't have much time to hike and you want to camp overnight.

15 days ago

I did this trail in the summer of 2016 and loved it. the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because there were alot of fallen trees covering the trail at different points so it got annoying trying to get past them. we also ran into some big horn sheep which was pretty cool.

16 days ago

Great hike! Good obstacles but i would not call it hard. We backpacked in for a couple of nights and stayed near the shelf lakes to the East of North Gap Lake. Beautiful views, and some of the lakes had fish. I was using dry flies and it seemed they would take about anything I put on top. Will do this hike again one day even if only for the fishing!

Attempted this trail 3 weeks ago and the snow was too much. Hip deep at points and the trail is covered. We made it to the top of the first rock scramble and turned back. Will complete this trail in the spring once the snow melts.

3 months ago

Didn’t hike the whole way. Just enjoyed walking to the little bridges that gave pretty views of creeks and mountains and you don’t have to walk far from the parking lot to get to them. It was a nice pit stop in between driving through snowy range scenic drive road.

3 months ago

Hit the trail in late August, little two day outing. Day 1 to the top was fine, great views from the top on the morning of the second day. Day 2 pretty rough on the way out, trail hard to follow with down timber, no water, long out to highway 130.

Have been down this trail many times in my life. love the view from look out point.

My husband and I just loved this hike! (Well I loved all of it...he loved the view at the top haha) You get to lay eyes on the majority of the lakes in the area with this loop and OMG the view at the top is completely breathtaking! Definitely a climb and the boulder fields were a nice challenge, but totally doable. I agree with others who posted...I would NOT take my dogs on this loop. The boulder scramble is too much for someone with no thumbs lol We did battle with a good bit of smoke from some fires in the area when we did this hike a week and a half ago.

Great views and a grind of hike! I made a video if anyone is interested in checking it out: https://practicalvagabonds.com/medicine-bow-wyoming/

excellent, challenging hike with amazing views. one of the best

Hiked this on a clear day at the beginning of September and couldn't have been more perfect. Incredible views for relatively minor challenge.

4 months ago

We hiked the trail down to the lake and then on beyond down to a stream (dashed trail on the map ending in the red dot). Initially, we thought we would ride our bikes on the trail but they are fairly steep with quite a bit of loose rock. As others have said, the last half mile or so of the drive in in fairly rough. We were in a SUV that handled the road well, but a car in front of us nearly got stuck. The trail down to the creek is very steep and covered in dense growth of Lodge Pines, Quaking Aspens and Birch. It's beautiful but hardly "easy." The area was surprisingly crowded for as remote as it it. Several campers took the No Camping within 100' of the Lake Shore sign as merely a suggestion.

Tip: The trail down to the stream is sort of hidden behind the big pile of boulders at the north end of the lake. The trail appears to dead-end into the boulder pile but, in fact, it does not. You just have to climb over the boulders and continue on the trail heading south.

This hike was one of the best hikes I’ve been on! The climb to the top is hard work but you are rewarded with amazing scenery! The walk along the lakes is also beautiful, especially in the fall when the foliage is changing!

So far in life, this is my all-time favorite hike. The views are breathtaking the entire time, with a wonderful mix of pine forest, alpine tundra, and mountain lakes. The view from the summit is awe inspiring. I sat up there for a good 45 minutes, and could've sat there longer. The hike is not easy, but even for someone who is in modest shape at best, and who flew to Denver a mere 24 hours earlier, I was able to do it, albeit slowly. But why rush it?

Okay...to describe the actual hike, it's not overly technical, with only a couple of basic rock scrambles. Even in mid July, there was still some snow, which can be slick (I did fall on my rear once lol), but the temperatures were mild (upper 50s/lower 60s Fahrenheit) during the day. I was staying in Laramie overnight where the overnight lows were in the 50s, so I'd imagine it is pretty chilly at the campgrounds at the base of Medicine Bow Peak at night, even in the summer. The hike starts out in pine forest, but gets above the tree line fairly quick. After that, you go through lots of alpine meadows (wildflowers were abound in mid July). I did the loop "clockwise", which puts the steepest part going down rather than going up, and that's how I'd recommend doing it, as you'll get plenty of workout as is. Take your time, enjoy the scenery.

This trail can be unforgiving as most of 'em can, but what a hike nonetheless. I took the lady up today for her first time. We hit the summit beneath an overcast sky, as it was raining on and off. A great day hike for anyone looking for a workout and amazing views, but beware if anyone has fear of heights. We brought all necessities for day-long alpine hiking--insulation, plenty of water and food, trekking poles, sturdy boots. We were out on trail from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m ., and my patience became shorter toward the end as we traversed the trail going from Mirror Lake to Marie Lake, at which point the trail dissipated as darkness fell. We ended up on a lightly used trail along the brim of Marie Lake opposite the mountain, which fortunately led to the asphalt walkway going to the parking area along WY 130.

Hiked clockwise with my 2 boys (13/16). We went 3-4 miles the first day and finished the remainder of the hike the next (setup tent at campground).

Gorgeous views/lakes first half of hike. Second half was a bit more lack-luster, but the valley's and peaceful nature was hard not to enjoy.

My boys enjoyed the large rocks and lakes. We saw a deer, but that was it. Hoping for more wildlife...and possibly a little more rugged terrain. Overall, nice hike. Moderately trafficked. (...but it was Labor Day weekend - open day of bow hunting.)

4 months ago

The trail goes through some beautiful country and we found some great picnic and camping spots along the way. However, the trail is very narrow and has steep drop offs so good hiking boots are a must. There are several crossings through scree/rocky areas that were hard on my dog's paws.

4 months ago

Amazing view

Beautiful hike! We went clockwise and had lovely weather the whole time, with just a touch of rain the first evening and some wind the second day. There was moderate traffic but not bad and we camped just beyond North Gap Lake with no neighbors. We encountered no mosquitos or large wildlife other than cows and horses.

As another reviewer mentioned, the trail as it skims along North Gap Lake is all boulders and may be a bit difficult for some dogs. Not hard to traverse if you know what to expect and take your time with foot placement. We added some photos showing it from both sides.

This is definitely one we would do again!

5 months ago

Beautiful hike but WOULD NOT recommend taking dogs on this trail. My dog is pretty adventurous but once we got to the Medicine Bow peak it was all boulders with some lots space and crevices in between. My dog was NOT having it and we had to turn back around. He did fine on the earlier rocks. Dogs cannot traverse the peak, in my opinion.
Okay to take dogs up to peak and back down but no loop for us and spent most time on backside of mountain that was not that pretty. I’m assuming other side was. Views of lake side are stunning. Was pretty disappointed. Very windy but to be expected.

that elevation isn't a joke after being at sea level for 4 months. it really isn't a hard hike, i'd call it moderate, but it felt like 20 miles at elevation. beautiful though. the top ridge was windy the ENTIRE time, so be prepared. even at my worlds slowest pace, i finished under 5hours.

Love this hike so much did it again! Despite the rating of hard, I would call this more of a moderate hike as the elevation gain is spread out over the distance, and my Fitbit measured more like 600 ft elevation gain. The boulder field along the lake scares a few people, but just take your time and watch where you place your foot. The views, snow and wildflowers on this hike are amazing.

5 months ago

Good mix of forests and meadows.

Such a fun trail - did this with my family a few years ago, even some of my cousins who were pretty young. Make sure you start early as thunderstorms are common in the afternoon. Awesome view from the top though and really great wildflowers if you go in summer! There was some snow at the top when I went and part of the trail is incredibly rocky so bring appropriate shoes.

A beautiful hike. We took our grandsons to Reservoir Lake on a fishing overnighter and they had a blast. Boulder field at North Gap was a little tricky for me...60... with full backpack, other than that, it was great. Great memories!

This trail was a lot of fun, started at the Sheep Lake Trailhead and backpacked the loop to end back at Brooklyn Lake. Hiked in a little over a mile on a Friday night, then split the remainder of the 14 mi. total trail on Saturday/Sunday. Weather was good, little bit of rain and hail but not bad at all. Caught some brookies at North Gap Lake, plenty of people up there fishing. My only warning would be to inexperienced backpackers - when you arrive at North Gap lake (either before or after you go over the gap at Browns Peak), there is a cascade of boulders between you and the continuation of your journey that could be a little challenging. I've seen some people say to go up top to the shelf and OVER the boulders, however we stayed low on the water and walked on the boulders. It was...unpleasant, but doable. Our dog got stuck at one point so we had to drop packs to go back and get him, but all ended well. Was just a bit of a surprise to us, so thought it might help other people. Overall, beautiful trail, will definitely be back to backpack again!

Highly recommend! For a beginning hiker, I did the trail in about 5-5.5 hours and that was with a few short stops along the way. (Couldn’t help myself, make sure you take in the beauty. It’s awe striking.) BEAUTIFUL views almost the entire time. Gets rocky, wear appropriate clothing!

Stunning! 10/10

Great hike!lots of wildflowers. awesome views at the top.

Took the trail and overnighted Monday. Beautiful trail, not as hard as rated (I’d say it’s moderate).
But, getting over the boulder field at north gap lake with a full pack could be a little dicey for some, not too bad with just a day pack or something light. You’ll just need a lot of balance and a heavy pack could throw you off and ruin your day.
Snow was all melted off the trails.
Gorgeous flowers the entire way. My wife’s new favorite trail.

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