Lewis Lake Trail to Medicine Bow

MODERATE 5 reviews

Lewis Lake Trail to Medicine Bow is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Saratoga, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1325 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

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!

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hiking
25 days ago

25 days ago

Hiked it the day after viewing the eclipse near Casper. Trail earns its moderate rating mostly due to several boulder field scrambles near the top. Leave your poles in the car - they'll just get in your way.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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!