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Medicine Bow Peak via Lakes Trail Loop is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Saratoga, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 1,712 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Snow
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Rocky scramble at higher elevation, subalpine wildflowers are plentiful. Very steep and follows switchbacks up to the highest points on the Snowy Range. Dogs are allowed on this trail but may have a difficult time traversing it due to large rocks and crevices. Please call the ranger district office in the area you plan to visit to get the most current information about roads and campgrounds: https://www.fs.usda.gov/mbr

Park at Lake Marie Parking Area/Medicine Bow Peak trailhead

USDA Forest Service Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, Thunder Basin National Grassland 2468 Jackson Street Laramie, WY 82070 307-745-2300 Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District 5556 State Highway 130 PO Box 249 Saratoga, WY 82331 Phone: (307) 326-5258 Fax: (307) 326-5250 Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday ??Wyoming Business Council Tourism Office, Frank Norris Jr. Travel Center, I-25 & College Drive , Cheyenne, WY, 82002-0660, Phone: 307-777-7777, Fax: 307-777-6472

Directions from Centennial: Travel 14 miles west on State Highway 130 to Lake Marie Picnic Area. Seasonal Information: Normally Open: Memorial Day Weekend through October (NOTE: Dependant upon weather conditions. In the winter months, on the east side the byway is closed just beyond the ski area, six miles above Centennial. On the west side, the road is closed approximately five miles above Ryan Park.) .

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Dan Mika
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Hiking

Beautiful going counterclockwise, but the rock scramble is very unstable. I aborted the climb because the smoke coming in from the Colorado wildfire was agitating, but I'd definitely come back

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Erin Kendall
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Laura J
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

We hiked this trail counterclockwise, which was a great decision. Going up the mountain was steep but there’s plenty of places to stop or sit for breaks. Gorgeous views at the bottom, going up and coming down. A little bit smoky from the wildfires in Colorado but not too bad. The smoke did affect the views. Overall the trail was very rocky. The stats seem like this would be a moderate hike but with so many sections of rocks, boulders and uneven surfaces, it definitely felt much harder. We got to Mirror Lake Picnic Area around 8:30am yesterday and had no problem parking.

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Brandon Webb
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HikingGreat!

Trail was great. Definitely longer than listed on the app... and with more elevation gain(or at least that’s what my phone thought). Beautiful views from the rocky scrabble top. We took the route clockwise, and it ended up being perfect for out starting time. The wind was blustery, but welcome for the the temps. A little strenuous in areas, but overall, an amazing hike and scenery.

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Kimberly Nolan
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HikingGreat!Rocky

We hiked this trail counterclockwise which was perfect. The views are fantastic throughout the entire hike, but going counterclockwise in the early morning is pretty spectacular as the sun hits the mountain and reflects onto the lakes. Rocky but well defined trail. Attached is a video link on the YouTube channel Nolan Ventures that details the specifics and beauty of this hike. https://youtu.be/snthvSq0rVQ

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Aaron Vernon
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike! I got to the trailhead at 6:30 am and only one other car was there. I would recommend going counterclockwise the sunrise was awesome and it seemed like it was less steep overall.

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Vladislav Anderson
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Elle Friedman
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Hiking

Got to the trailhead about 9:30am and parked on the road. Went clockwise and the first half was steep and rocky, but overall less crowded. Views from the top were beautiful! Stopped and soaked our feet in one of the lakes back down to “ice” our feet

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Lynette Gumbleton
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

Tricky to navigate the rock piles at the top; I wouldn't recommend this to my older parents. Views are fantastic. The clockwise direction has a mostly casual, sometimes intense, ascent. The descent is aggressively steep. And obviously vice versa, so keep that in mind when deciding your path!

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Kysa S
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views!! The most beautiful day too; we stopped and ate lunch along the route. We didn’t bring the pup as she needed to be comfortable with boulder type rocks at the top. There were lots of dogs doing it though!

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Allison Crump
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Hiking

An incredible hike with stunning views the entire time! Would recommend hiking counterclockwise. Closer to 7 miles. We hiked on a weekday and it was not crowded.

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Chelsea Ducote
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The most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on.

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Dunja Widhalm
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Hiking

We hiked clockwise up and it started out steep right away. Tough hike, it felt like rock climbing a lot of times. The wind was at 30 to 40 mph and we had 5 layers of clothing on at times. But sooooo beautiful. Glad we hiked it!

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Aaron Estep
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Jessica Fitzgerald
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Hiking

Great afternoon hike! Normally we start our hikes around 6am but today was a late start. It was raining off and on but ended up being beautiful at the top! Bring layers and I would suggest trekking polls due to the scramble and exposure most of the hike. Turned out to be 7.5 miles round trip! Hidden gem of Wyoming

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Bradley Blank
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Hiking

Excellent hike. Very exposed so be mindful of weather. Summit is a boulder field that was a bit tough for our 40 lb dog. Moose at trailhead and along lakes trail. Well worth the energy required to complete it

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Collin Randall
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Fantastic but truly difficult hike. Our two dogs made it the entire 7 miles but slept for basically two days after hahaha. Unrivaled views. Truly remarkable.

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Kirsten New
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HikingGreat!

Awesome. I was exhausted after the hike. I started at Lewis Lake parking lot so added a couple extra miles.

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Maria M
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Danica Knox Lamb
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Nathan Dick
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John Regole
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I’m fairly new to hiking / trail running, but this is by far the best trail I’ve completed. It is very rocky and difficult in certain sections, but the views are some of the best I’ve ever seen. Completed this on a Monday in August in just over 2 hours (hiking and running combo) and started around 9am. I highly recommend doing this hike in the mornings hours since the lighting is best for views

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Daniel Krum
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Hiking

Went up Sunday morning 8/16/20. We didn’t make it to the TH until 7:45-8ish, but there was still some room along the perimeter of the parking lot. The trail itself is fairly moderate with relatively gradual elevation gain until near the summit. Everything was dry and clear except for a small snow patch near the summit which can be avoided with rock scrambling. We went clockwise (I think) and that seemed like a good choice. The views going up were decent, but descending and hiking next to the lakes was extremely gorgeous. This hike definitely exceeded our expectations and we will be up here again. The air quality was superb despite the Cameron Peak fire in Colorado, though you could see the accumulation of smoke in the distance. We thought that it would be busier given the fires in CO but it was pleasantly not very busy. Conditions were extremely clear with few clouds. Temperatures were hotter than expected. With little to no wind at the summit, it was not cold. Despite wearing sunscreen and dressing smart, we still got sunburnt. I recommend wearing boots with ankle support to navigate the many rocks and minor scrambling near the top, but good trail runners would be fine. I’d rate this hike as moderate if you’re in decent shape and an experienced hiker, and more difficult or strenuous for casual or inexperienced hikers. We made it back to the car in less than 5 hours. This includes a generous break at the summit. We also hiked at a very leisurely pace; if you power hiked you could do this in 2-3 hours RT. Overall, Medicine Bow Peak is a stunning trail in a fairly low-key area. Bring plenty of sun protection as shade is pretty limited!

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