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hiking
6 hours ago

hiking
9 hours ago

allot of trees down across the trail. but worth the hike.

Easy trail. Would be fun to do with family. A lot of fallen trees after you reach the waterfall. Made it difficult to trek.

backpacking
7 days ago

Started at the Arlington trailhead and packed into Crater Lake. Great trail, like Teena says be prepared for a ton of downed trees that make the trail a lot more difficult than it would be otherwise for backpacking. We were on the trail in early June, the first 6 miles or so were pretty clear but after that there was still quite a bit of snow on the trail, especially around Crater Lake. Very secluded this time of year, the only other people we saw were a couple doing a day-hike near the trailhead.

The actual hiking trail is more of a 4-Wheeler or Jeep road, pretty boring hike up. However, the cabin and the views from the top were really neat.

Great trail with a good mix of scenery and incline! Good for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding

hiking
22 days ago

I love this hike. My brother, hubby and I go quite often.

hiking
26 days ago

Great hike! Make sure to plan an entire day so you can enjoy it.

be forewarned there are A LOT of downed trees on the trail that you have to climb over or crawl under. was a little difficult with a 50 lb pack on.

The Lewis Lake Trail is the shortest of the three routes to Medicine Bow Peak. Being the shortest means the elevation gains to the peak are more dramatic. The trailhead begins at Lewis Lake, where there is ample parking, and an easy start for the hike. As the trail heads past Lewis Lake, the going is pretty level, and the scenery is beautiful. The trail then begins to climb toward the saddle between Sugarloaf Mountain and Medicine Bow Peak.
Once the trail reaches the saddle, it joins with the Medicine Bow Trail for the remaining 0.8 mile hike to the peak. It is constant switchbacks up the slope until the trail reaches a boulder scramble for the last 0.1 mile to the summit.
Once the trail leaves the saddle, the views to the summit are stunning! Looking down on the lakes below, as the trail ascends 1000 feet, is a blast! There were a couple of ice fields, one over the trail near the summit.
Medicine Bow Peak is 12,013 feet, and is the highest point in the Snowy Range, so the 360-degree views from the top are stunning!
This trail begins at over 10,000 feet, and climbs to just over 12,000 feet. I had been in Wyoming 3 days before I tried this summit, so I had a little time for acclimatization, and I would certainly recommend that if you are unaccustomed to hiking at altitude. I had to take many breathing breaks, but it was worth the effort!

beautiful!

love this!