Lakes Trail to Medicine Bow Peak Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews

Lakes Trail to Medicine Bow Peak Trail is a 6.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Centennial, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,023 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

rocky

Directions from Centennial: Travel 13.5 miles west on Highway 130.

hiking
2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

bring bug spray. gorgeous views.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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...

backpacking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Was a bit hard to find the trailhead as there weren't any signs actually stating this was the Lakes Trail. There was no overnight parking in the picnic area, so we ended up squeezing into the next parking lot which meant we had to walk a paved path around Lake Marie to get to the actual trail. After we finally figured all of that out, the views were spectacular and the camping was great! There were still some snow fields and mud. Saw lots of day hikers walking around the muddy sections. Wear appropriate footwear and try to stay on trail! Lots of mosquitos too. Bring bug spray!

hiking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Amazing views of the Snowy Range from the southeast. I think I took 50 pictures the first time I hiked it. 1.7 miles up to the saddle +1.7 miles back to the trailhead equals 3.4 miles total, out and back. The option exists to loop over Medicine Bow Peak for an extra 6 miles or so…
Easy access and easy parking leads to my only nitpick – it can be a bit crowded on the trail.

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5 months ago

recorded 7.29.18

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