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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.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail with a nice reward at the end. Lots of shade for those hot days. Bring a towel. To see Hidden Falls, you’ll need to wade through 15’-20’ of up to knee-deep water.

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!

Gentle climbs from one stunning meadow to the next. Very green. Downfall has been cleared from trail as of August 2018.

Gorgeous and powerful, suitable for all ages, few others hikers. Very accessible.

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.

one of my favorite hikes of all time. along water the entire way. absolutely stunning and a good workout. saw a few moose on the drive up.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail, went up to the lakes to fish and was not disappointed. Lots of moose and wildlife.

hiking
1 month ago

i went here on a whim today and as my first and only hike in wyoming. great choice. it was well worth the hike as the falls area is absolutely amazing. the water wasn’t cold and i only wish i had brought my swimsuit. just be ready for some rock scrambling and bring plenty of water

Hike this trail every August from 1969 through 1972. The trail was very sparsely traveled back then. I think it was in 1970 or 71 wev watched a huge heard of elk move across the far slope of Elk Mt. from the lake's outlet. Definitely a Bucket List experience.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a really wonderful hike, went on a Friday mid-day in June we had the trail completely to ourselves. It was the perfect difficulty four our terrier. The "hidden falls" at the end is gorgeous.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a great hike! Definitely recommend!

Overall, it was a great hike! The views are AMAZING! The lakes are gorgeous, the mountain is stunning, and there are pretty wildflowers along the way.

I did this trail in the early summer (mid June). At this time of year the trail was often covered in giant sections of snow and the trail was often covered in running water. So be prepared for wet feet! I suggest quick drying socks and water resistant shoes. Also due to all the beautiful flowers and strong winds, allergies can get pretty bad up there.

My favorite for after dinner hikes and bike rides. 15 minutes away from Laramie, this is a fairly easy trail that is easy to get to.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike was gorgeous and well worth it. Short hike but even though it says hard; a large part of the trail is moderate to easy until you get to the overlook. Then the trail gets hard headed down to the water. So even a beginner could see the beautiful lake from the top. There’s also a couple really nice areas to camp. We plan to back pack next time and set up camp.

It was great! Beautiful! My boyfriend and I went. One that I would have no trouble bringing my dogs too!

Wonderful hike for the whole family!!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Did in 2.5 hours at a slow pace. Would do this trail again!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it. Everything is so green right now and there is lots of water flowing in the creeks. The falls were beautiful. Not crowded at all

hiking
2 months ago

Just took this hike yesterday, absolutely beautiful and everything was so green! The falls at the end are awesome, great little area to stop and have a snack. Also a kid friendly hike, we saw many little ones loving the water. Can’t wait to go again!

Nice trail with some work in it. Cool falls. Take your shoes off and walk back into it.

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained, a scramble or two, and a neat feature at the end. The snow today made it very quiet and peaceful.

hiking
3 months ago

A very nice tranquil hike with beautiful scenery and a hidden waterfall! I would definitely go again.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike, I’d say the best in the area. Went yesterday and there was a fair amount of ice. I would strongly recommend using crampons/traction devices at this time of year.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! Able to do it with our 6yo easily. We did it in the winter and there were some slippery spots with ice, but was a beautiful trail!

Don't be fooled by the "hard" level. 95% of the trail is easy. The overlook of the lake is worth the trip, which you can hike to for the photo opp then turn around for an easy day hike. The color of the water from the lookout is worth The trip. You'll be amazed how blue looking the water is. No picture will do it justice. The "hard" portion is from the overlook down to the lake itself, which probably should be classified as "very damn hard". The trail is lightly traveled, so there is some downed trees in the trail, but you can easily get around them. We set up camp near the lookout and enjoyed an easy overnight trip. You should too.

We generally start at the trailhead just above Mirror Lake rather than by Lake Marie (which while beautiful, will take you alongside the road for a good stretch). You'll come upon a crossroads at the top before the trail ends, at which point one has the option to either a) turn around and return ("out and back"), b) go left to do the Medicine Bow Peak trail (leave plenty of extra time and have extra supplies!), or c) go right and continue on to end at Lewis Lake as the trail map here shows (at which point it's a good option to catch a ride there or walk the mile to the road to hitch back to the trailhead, rather than just go back the way you came). All are great options, if you have the time, supplies, and inclination...

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