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Andrew Key reviewed Lookout Lakes Trail
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Verrrry chilly out there today but my dog and I were able to get it done! Definitely a challenge for this NC native.

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Rebecca Watts reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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Hey guys, if you're just scrolling through please give this review a glance. I completed this hike at the end of August but decided to take some time for contemplation before I wrote a review. What I write here are the results of those thoughts. Firstly and most Importantly: *DO NOT allow this website to make a difficulty determination for you. While this trail is listed as moderate, the true difficulty will always depend on the individual. This trail could just as easily and correctly be labeled as difficult if you are someone who does not do a lot of hiking. Please, before you decide to attempt this trail or any trail--Know your Limits! *The Trail: The Medicine Bow Peak Trail takes hikers to the Summit of Medicine Bow Peak (around 12,013 feet). This trail is about 1.6 miles one way with an elevation gain of roughly 1200 feet so you MUST reasonably expect that there are steep portions. You will be in a high elevation environment which means it will be harder to breath. The terrain varies from dirt to gravel, to rock, to sand and in some cases there may still be snow on the trail. At the end, if you wish to visit the summit and feel you are capable of safely doing so, you will have to cross a boulder field. Generally speaking, the first part of the trail is "free" it is passable by most ages. Note, though, that it often isn't flat and can require some thoughtful footwork. The real trail begins at the base of the mountain and requires navigating up many steep switchbacks. Along this stretch you will be walking on gravel, dirt, rock, and sand--all of which can be slippery or loose. Mountain Musts: Do bring sunscreen. You are literally closer to the sun, and the thinner air is less capable of thinning the UV rays--meaning you can get sunburn quite easily. Bring a hat and BRING PLENTY OF WATER. I would venture to say that, for most people, this trail does not amount to a casual walk in the park. Do wear actual hiking boots, preferably ones that support your ankles AND that have already been broken in. Dress in layers. It IS cold and usually quite windy. Always bring a first aid kit. As a rule of thumb, DO NOT start this trail late in the day--don't start after 10:00 a.m. because this trail can take quite awhile. In the summer thunderstorms come in during the afternoon and you DO NOT want to be trapped on the mountain. Now, with all that ranting out of the way, I have a couple more comments. Before this hike I had never done a hike classified as anything other than easy. I also had never been in high elevations this long before. It took me doing this hike to realize how stupid I had been--people, there are over a thousand places to break your ankles. I did not have sufficient experience to do this hike and, because of that, I put other people on the trail at risk. This hike is no walk in the park and it could be very easy for someone to have an accident. While I came out very lucky, I can just as easily see how it could have went very badly. KNOW yourself. If you only go hiking every now and then, this hike is probably not for you. I will freely admit that I started this hike early, around 6:30 am and it took me about 6 hours to finish. I went alone (another no no) and did not have trekking poles (buy some to save your knees). I really wanted to do this hike, and I did--but I really shouldn't have without more preparation. Please, please, know your limits. Always, too, be ready to turn around. Thank you, I recognize this was a long review, but I think this trail deserves it. For anyone that is a beginner in much the same way that I am, please take this as someone else looking out for you. For others that think I am being dramatic--get over yourselves. Not everyone is at the same level of fitness that some people take for granted nor does everyone have the base knowledge requisite for a task like this. Lastly, PLEASE don't bring your dogs. I know you want your friend with you, but there are lots of sharp rocks and challenging terrain that probably won't make it a fun experience for your pet.

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Amanda Kiehl reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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The gate is closed to Libby and Lewis Lakes, but you can walk the gravel road to the recreation area. A sign showed one mile to Lewis Lake Trailhead. There is a sign saying this is a fee area. The bathrooms were locked the second week of October. It was a busy area on a Saturday afternoon. The views are beautiful! Lots of lakes and water.

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Jessica Shen reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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Medicine Bow Peak was my first 12,000ft summit! It wasn’t too crowded, weather was lovely, and although the last 0.8 miles is quite steep and took me some time, worth the views at the top. The last 0.1 is all scrambling over large rocks but absolutely stunning 360 views.

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Aric Wilson reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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Beautiful trail. Winter has come early as a 1-2” layer of snow covered parts of the trail. I hiked up to the fork in the trail where I decided to tap out.

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Barry Hart reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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what a spectacular area to hike, you could go in different directions for days.

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Vincent Maffett reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

very nice hike with unbeatable views for such a short hike. trail is very rocky with loose gravel, so recommend some form of ankle support like boots.

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Stephen Bartlett reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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Short and I wouldn’t say difficult, but stunning views the entire way. Completed this last week and loved the rocks and views of the lakes the entire way. Started early and had the trail mostly to myself

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Pat Burger reviewed Lookout Lakes Trail
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Started at 8:30 end at 3:30, did counterclockwise route, beautiful first half, great views from top (but smoky unfortunately), route down not as scenic.

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Pari Jahed reviewed Lookout Lakes Trail
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Beautiful hike. The great view was covered by smoke. I will do this hike again in July to see the wild flowers.

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Amber Sullivan reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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Meg Hansen reviewed Lookout Lakes Trail
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Pretty tough!

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Andrew Smith reviewed Lookout Lakes Trail
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Maddie Ridler reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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HikingFeeIcyMuddyScrambleSnow

Beautiful trail! Still had quit a bit of snow on it from the day before and was icy in the morning but seemed to be melting in the afternoon. Get there early to avoid the crowds.

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Kelly Abaray reviewed Lookout Lakes Trail
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It was so pretty with a side of wind. Good amount of up with some down for exercise. The lake is so clear; I would do this hike again.

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Classified Noneoffyourbusiness reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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Annie Cashon reviewed Lookout Lakes Trail
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Incredible trail! Would absolutely do again. Counterclockwise is definitely the way to go. Challenging at times but very doable.

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Erica Regan reviewed Medicine Bow Peak Trail
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Tough trail but very worth it to make it to the top! It is very rocky so make sure to have shoes that support your ankles. Brings lots of water because you will definitely be working on that cardio on your way up. Also it was very windy as you got closer to the peak to make sure to bring a wind breaker.

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Lorie & Sean Y. reviewed Lookout Lakes Trail
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Crazy windy but so beautiful! We didn’t get to finish as we are on a tight time schedule but we will be back to complete this!

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