Willow Lake Trail is a 13.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buffalo, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.2 km Elevation Gain: 486 m Route Type: Out & Back

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hiking
8 months ago

Great hike to a pretty lake! Only a handful of steep sections, and all level out pretty quickly, making for a good workout. Pretty straightforward to get there. Once you reach Sherd Lake, bear right to stay on trail 46. Once you reach Rainy Lake, bear right to follow trail 87. This will lead right to Willow Lake.

hiking
8 months ago

Moderately challenging trail with lots of rocks. Trail is frequented by hikers, fishers and horseback riders. There are many lakes along the way, but to get to Willow Lake start on trail 182 to trail 46 then to trail 87. Willow Lake is at the end of tail 87. Forest Service only marks trail numbers so be sure to download the USGS topo map to reference the trail numbers. Although the trail is well traveled and relatively easy to spot, it doesn't line up exactly between the GPS, the Alltrails and the USGS map.

hiking
9 months ago

Many lakes along the way, don’t need to go to Willow Lake to have a nice mountain lake experience. Make sure to stay on road 20 on the way in, not the forest service roads. Stay to the right until the very end where you need to take a left. If you end up in the campground, go back out and take the first right. Would also recommend getting a good map since trail junctions are only marked with numbers, not words. Forest service map has trail numbers. At the very end you drop down to the lake 300 or 400 feet, but it had a great view. We loved our day here! (Cover photo is not accurate)

backpacking
Mon Jun 25 2018

Well I can tell this trail is excellent. I did not make it to Willow Lake because of being called in to work. My trail on this app and my Garmin were not accurate. When you get to the trail junction at the base of Sherd Lake DO NOT take a left unless you want to be tree jumping, bushwhacking, and jumping over boulders. My Garmin with topo maps and trails, and this app showed me I was on the trail. Maybe it was an old trail location. Regardless the off trail travel was fun and adventurous if you’re into that kind of thing. Looking forward to going back. 06/24/18 off and on rain and quite a few mosquitoes. Dress appropriately.

hiking
Sat Jun 23 2018

it was super foggy the day we went, but the trail was still beautiful

fishing
Tue Feb 28 2017

I've been to this lake quite a few times throughout the past, and it is my favorite spot to backpack to. The lake has grayling in it which makes it a must for fishing. Oh and don't forget the view is amazing!

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Wed Aug 22 2018

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