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its a good solid hike but its too rocky for me. the lake was stunning and worth it...

It was a decent little hike. We were after rumored golden trout in the area but didn't catch anything. pretty area.

Very pretty and easy, took us 1 hour to walk there and back.

There haven't been any objective reviews for this trail, it's time!
We hiked to Emerald Lake from Edelmann Trailhead. It is a 5.6 mile hike to Emerald Lake. The first 4 miles are almost flat and take you through open
meadows with unobstructed views of the mountains.
The last 1.6 miles will take you up to the lake and pass. the scenery gets more beautiful the higher you get.
This was our favorite hike in this part of the Bighorn Mountains.
Highly recommended.

backpacking
2 months ago

Summitted on August 26 2018 views from the top are definitely worth the sore legs. Make sure to bring warm clothes wind was bitter cold at the top.

on Circle Park Trail

3 months ago

Cool

backpacking
3 months ago

AMAZING!!

Great hike! Beautiful lakes! Wooded so not a lot of views along the way, but a great hike with very few people!

Nice trail, great lakes. Step off the trail a bit though for the really great vistas. If you don't leave the trail at all, you'll miss the best views.

3 months ago

It’s not actually 55.2 if you truly do #38 the whole way. It’s more like 63-65. We had three GPS watches and this was the range given. Other than that the trail is epic. Super great views, relatively few people, great camping spots, great fishing, and beautiful trails.

hiking
4 months ago

amazing hike, a bit longer than described, nearly 3miles of boulder hoping to reach summit. views from summit were unbeatable.

hiking
4 months ago

ok trail, nice lakes, somewhat uninspiring.

4 months ago

Great trail. Not too difficult until you get to the base on the mountain and then it gets a little more challenging. Bugs were terrible in July. Bring bugs spray and nets.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful conditions in Cloud Peak wilderness on 6 July 2018.
Since I had the dog with me, we avoided all snow since we were postholing at 6am.
Allow ample time to allow route finding since the ridge is mostly unmarked (I might have missed some cairns by switchbacking round snow) and to get off the long, boulder ridge because storms roll in early.
Go get it!

hiking
4 months ago

Great little hike. Bring a towel & swim trunks for a dip in the lake

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail, rocky so wear good shoes, beautiful and relaxing,take a lunch and enjoy the views.

4 months ago

Great scenic hike with extraordinary veiws and few people.

backpacking
4 months ago

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
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

A lot of boulder hopping

6 months ago

Good trip

7 months ago

Love this trail! Did it last summer with my father as a bonding trip. We ended up running into a bull moose right before misty moon lake. And the next morning we woke up to a moose swimming! The views are wonderful along with the other people if you happen to run into any. :)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I did this back in August with a group of friends. Cloud Peak does not disappoint! We took 3 days to hike in, summit, and hike out and it felt comfortable. Easy to lose the trail at times due to miles of boulder - hopping when you make the summit push. Gorgeous wildflowers, amazing views! Listen to the weather though, you won't want to be up there when a storm blows through. It does have a narrow section that's not for the faint of heart!

So, this was an absolutely beautiful area; however, the AllTrails directions to the trailhead were not accurate. Additionally, you will need a Jeep or a serious 4x4 to get to the the Soldiers Graves trailhead. We had to hike at least a mile to get to the trailhead. Once we left 394, we could not find the trail leading to seven brothers lake. Beautiful area though.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

We hiked mid-October and it was a decent hike. Very rocky and not well marked....we missed a turn and went about a mile out of the way. Overall, good trail

hiking
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The views are spectacular on the trail and with a lot of other trails to join along the way. The trail itself is really rocky from beginning to end and not very clearly marked after the first half a mile.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Awesome view over the edge at the summit

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Beautiful pond and lake, nice rocky trail. Lots of traffic. Not as quiet as we'd hoped, with the two legged as well as four legged kind. Lots of horse poop to dodge while we were there. My son reported the trailhead outhouse was in good condition. I'd go again, but in colder weather hopefully deterring much of the traffic.

hiking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Definitely challenging. The amount of boulder fields makes it slow going, so start early! The views on the way up are breathtaking. We didn't quite summit because of our later start, so I can only imagine that the view at the top is well worth it. We will definitely be giving this one another try!

backpacking
Monday, August 28, 2017

My group of four waves goodbye to our NOLS instructors, just a few moments after we complete breakfast. They're heading off on an ambitious route, aiming to scree up some of the peaks surrounding Edelman Pass before meeting us at our predetermined camping spot. I sit down on my bag, a tennis ball in hand, and study the topographic map laid out on the forest floor.

Our route for the day was a moderate climb from Coffeen Park Trailhead to Edelman Pass. We had been resupplied with food the day before, swelling our packs to a touch over fifty pounds. We're entering the last week of our monthlong course, and we are all ecstatic to be hiking on our own. Our instructors, who stayed by our side for the first three weeks, graciously allow us independence for the day.

We throw our packs on, exaggerating our groaning due to the weight, and make our way past the trailhead. The trail begins as an established 4x4, a welcome sight that shields us from the perils of off-trail travel. The forested scenery passes by quickly as we engage in conversation about our lives and what we would do when we finally returned home. We are carefree. The seriousness of the group returns as we come up to the first river crossing. It's roughly a dozen feet wide and slightly below our shins, swelling from the above-average Wyoming snowmelt.

Lucas and I scout downstream (after a confluence, oddly enough) for a better place to cross. Grant and Sara remain upstream, grabbing a quick snack and testing the current of the waters. Lucas and I find marginally safer options to cross, but we ultimately decide to ford the river where we first saw it, for we don't want to risk losing the trail. Grant and I cross safely, albeit eventfully, as Lucas and Sara follow suit. Our boots are wet and socks drenched, just as they are usually. It was a rather wet summer in Wyoming.

We begin the ascent about one, one and a half miles in to our hike. We ascend on an established trail through both forested and rocky terrain before deciding to break for a snack. Wary about our location, I pull out the topographic map to see where we are. Grant scales a minor boulder to get a viewpoint. 15 minutes pass before we accurately pinpoint our location. We conclude that, if we were correct in our location, we would soon enter a grassland.

Shortly thereafter, we were met by a swarm of mosquitoes, a product of the marshy grassland we had entered into. We hiked at a brisk pace until the mosquitoes subsided. We are met by an open alpine meadow, with Edelman Creek trickling softly through the landscape, and we peer at Edelman Pass in the distance. We cross a bridge over the creek- peculiar, we thought, this creek would have been the easiest crossing yet- and take our final break. Sara closes her eyes and leans back on her pack. Lucas disappears in the woods, complaining about the Giardia he had contracted a week earlier.

Grant and I sip our water and throw some rocks into the stream. We engage in a hilarious conversation, the contents of which I'd rather not share, and continue to rest for fifteen minutes. Sara is woken up and we put our packs on, eager to hike the remaining mile to the top of Edelman Pass. The trail up is no more than a footpath cut through the grass, but it's thankfully easy to follow.

Grant and I drop our packs at the top of Edelman Pass. Sara and Lucas head to camp to rest. I greet our instructors, who had managed to arrive before us, and chat briefly with the other hiking group. Expending the last of my energy, I run with grant up to a point where we can see Emerald Lake. I take a few pictures before heading off to camp, eager to hike down into Medicine Lodge Valley the following day.

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