Rainbow Lake to Sawtooth Meadows

EASY 2 reviews

Rainbow Lake to Sawtooth Meadows is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cody, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and fishing and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
931 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
5 months ago

First things first: This is Grizzly country. We saw a few tracks on the trail on the way in and then saw a sow and her cub on the trail on the way out. They were facing away from us, so we diverted off trail to give them a wide berth. It all worked out ok, but we were well prepared. Be advised. Secondly, bring LOTS of bug spray. They are tons of mosquitos. They congregate around the marshy areas of course, so this may be better later in the season as things dry out.

The trail itself runs through sweeping alpine meadows and pine forests. Lots of opportunities for backpacking and camping. The trail remains between 9400-9600 feet and it's easy to forget your are hiking across the tops of mountains as it seems to be rolling hills and fields. Lots of small lakes and streams, so there is plenty of water around.

All in all, a fun hike and we may go back to backpack later in the year. We have driven by this area many times and always wanted to explore it. Well worth the effort.

hiking
5 months ago