Explore the most popular birding trails in Medicine Bow National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Super rewarding hike. Killer views without much effort. My bud and I went light and stopped on the way home from a trip. Took 3 hrs on the nose seems most average 5 or so though. Highly recommend!

hiking
4 days ago

Scenic but just a walk up a canyon in a picnic area.

backpacking
5 days ago

Super pretty hike! All the flowers are blooming (early/mid July)! The trail is well marked and relatively well maintained. I started at the Lake Marie Trailhead & backpacked in a few miles before finishing the loop the next day.

hiking
9 days ago

Gorgeous views the entire hike. There are a few spots where the drop off next to the trail is a few hundred feet, but even those with fear of heights can get through it. It's worth it!

Great loop with spectacular views. Was here three weeks ago an snow covered much of the trail. Today was gorgeous weather and mid all of the snow is gone.

on Medicine Bow Trail

hiking
10 days ago

did this hike on 07/07 which was a saturday. get there as early as possible! i started the hike at 7AM and im glad i didnt any later because it got hot and crowded on the way back down, and it looked like a storm was brewing for the afternoon. i took the Lake Marie trailhead which was a gradual hike to the top. coming back down the loop towards the mirror lake parking lot, i saw a lot of people struggling to hike up because that trail is a lot steeper. which means its steeper to get down, but i never felt unsafe. i did have to crab walk down at two different parts (lol, i know...) because of snow blocking the trail, but thats because i wouldnt consider myself an extreme hiker and i have an irrational fear of rolling my ankle. so if i can do it, so can you!

it took me 6 hours overall, that includes my lunch break at the peak.

This is a beautiful hike, and a great one for anyone looking to summit their first peak. The top is nothing but a boulder field, so be prepared to scramble. There is still quite a bit of snow on the trail with some sections blocked, or washed out. The Sugarloaf area is not yet opened either, so you must park outside the gate and hike an additional mile just to get to the trailhead. The many lakes, flowers, and the breathtaking view from the top, make this a must hike trail!

hiking
13 days ago

Great hike. Highly recommend turning to the left when starting the hike to do the climb first. Either way the summit is right around halfway but the views are nicer going clockwise and a less strenuous uphill (the uphill is spread out over more distance). Also recommend going across the street to see the waterfalls

17 days ago

Great short hike, only a few minutes off the highway. Amazing rock formations to climb about and explore a bit off trail. Great for our 3 and 8 year olds! Also fun to watch the climbers on the cliff faces.

Nice trail but make sure you bring lots of bug spray.

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.

I couldn’t find this particular trail from where it had the trailhead, but we wandered around that area and went on a beautiful journey. Lots of rocks for climbing, beautiful flowers.

End of April, lots of snow still and loads of mud! about 2 hours to do the whole loop.

pros: beautiful wooded area, peaceful, quiet, decent trail.

cons: strangely at least 3 quarters of the trail seemed to be uphill...if we did this again, we would start with Aspen trail instead of Middle Aspen, maybe that would make a difference.

Lots of rolling hills and several downed trees to navigate. I saw a moose up pretty close here

Nice peaceful trail with lots of wildlife - I even saw a couple pine martens chasing each other. No mosquitos or flies out yet on May 13, but I did pick off one tick. Lots of good campsites, especially after reaching the wilderness area ~4 miles in.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful in the summer, tons of wildflowers.

cross country skiing
6 months ago

Such a great winter spot!

on Little Laramie Trails

6 months ago

loved it

I hiked most of this trail in the summer of 2016 and found it to be a peaceful and leisurely walk most of the way. It was generally shady as we followed the stream, and there were wild raspberries along much of the trail. Quite a treat. It did get a bit warm when we had no shade, but that was only a small part of our hike.
I must have turned around before reaching the difficult part because I thought the hike was almost entirely easy.

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...

Beautiful hike today! Very windy, however.

Beautiful walk/ very easy hike through the woods. some down trees.

hiking
9 months ago

Beware of this trail in the winter!!! The maps are incorrect, both online and at the trailhead. It says the trail is a 7mile loop, which is not true. After me and my partner hiked this peak we came to the conclusion that the switch backs into the valley must have been destroyed by a rock slide or something like that. Because of this we had to hike about 7 miles along the peak until we were able to scale down the boulder cliff face at the very north end of the valley to reach the valley ground before night fall. This trail is not fit for the snow and the trail markers are extremely confusing and scarce. I suggest hikers give yourself at least 4 more hours to explore than originally planned. Please be careful, we had a very frightening experience!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice heavily wooded trail that avoids a lot of the highway noise at other nearby trails.

10 months ago

Love the snow range area!!!

Gorgeous and diverse trail!

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