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hiking
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.

We did this trail as part of a loop (we hiked up Medicine Bow trail to the summit and then took the Lakes Trail back down to the parking lot). It was a great hike, very scenic but unless you’re prepared for hiking in snow and strong, strong winds then I would recommend doing only the Lake Trails part of the trail up and down. Even the Lake Trail has some snow on it, but it’s hard packed and easy to walk on. Some icy sections but overall a walk in the park compared to the other loop section we did! Hiked on October 26th

hiking
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.

Was a nice early morning hike. I was only one on trail. Was other people in parking area but did other trail options. Was in the 30's but was comfortable when hiking. The wind was the worst factor. Guessing it was blowing in the 40's mph. Could have been why the other hikers did the lower trails. Would recommend checking out the area.

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

Beautiful trail!!! Moderate hike with amazing views of the lakes. If I’m ever back in the Snowy Range I’d definitely come back to hike this trail.

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

backpacking
4 months ago

My three boys and I just packed this trail. it was the first time we had hiked this one. Lots of rocks about midway up the trail to the summit. We had a lot of fun. It was very scenic. There is still a lot of smoke in the area from fires out west and just down the road west of Wheatland. Nice hiking trip for a day. There are a lot of structures on the top of the mountain. Not sure if any of it is still used, kind of blocks the view, but still worth the climb. Take lots of water, not many places to purify water after the first couple of miles. also wear good shoes. My boys and I had a blast and will definitely go again. Late summer early fall a great time to do this one. The leaves are already turning. Have fun!

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!

We had a blast. Not too hard but some need to pay attention because if larger rocks. Will be using this one again!

Beautiful trail! Amazing views and a perfect workout. Not too steep for those acclimating to the altitude.

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.

Absolutely beautiful

backpacking
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.

mountain biking
4 months ago

A ton of really pretty views of the creek.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Super fun trail we started by the north fork campground and one day took the right turn toward the trailhead, the next time we stayed left and caught this trial. It was a great ride.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing view

Some scenic views on the way. Lots of loose rocks, big and small, especially the top third of the trail. Advise extra water, stiff soles and some ankle protection.

hiking
4 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.

on Laramie Peak

hiking
5 months ago

Besides the loose rocks on most of the trail, this was an amazing, scenic 10+ mile hike

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.

Loved it. Absolutely beautiful but the elevation will hurt if you’re not used to it

The ascent was challenging, but the views were worth it.

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.

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