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25 days ago

Good trip

1 month 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. :)

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.

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
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

Awesome view over the edge at the summit

hiking
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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.

backpacking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Definitely challenging, but I can't begin to recommend enough!

hiking
9 months ago

The trail to Misty Moon Lake is very busy. We got up there by noon and I'm glad we did, finding good camping looked hard to find for others who came later in the day. The hike up the peak was a good one. Hard to find the cairn markers are difficult to find some times. The weather remained unpredictable most of the time with clear weather, rain and at the higher points snow. My advice is don't follow any weather forecast; just climb the mountain and see what happens. Awesome hike, great boulder fields, and beautiful views.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail is stunning: lovely meadows, wildflowers, lakes all along the way, and in my 9+ mile route I saw 2 couples! A great mix of climbing and descending, and yes, a bit rocky. The Lakes are not named and I wish I would have taken a picture of the map at the trail head. In any case, a splendid day!

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked the 9.4 mile loop. The trail was in good shape. I didn't see any people but I saw a pair of moose standing in one of the lakes and had a few pronghorn antelope cross my path. Weather was sunny and cool. Made for a welcome change from the August heat back home.

10 months ago

Rocky, but a great hike.

hiking
10 months ago

Completed the trip out to Willow Lake and then the entire loop. Took just over 6 hours (I would consider my hike speed at moderate). Beautiful country. Superb moose habitat but only saw one. Several stream crossings, take your time and look for crossing others have built. Very rocky the entire way. Make sure and wear sturdy/ankle supporting boots. Great hike !!

hiking
10 months ago

Very busy with people, dogs, and horses but a good hike.

10 months ago

Beautiful lake!

hiking
10 months ago

We did this hike in a day. We were on the trail at 5:15am and finished around 9:30pm. The views were spectacular. We went the weekend of July fourth and we ran into about ten different tent sites, five groups summiting and about three groups walking the "flat" part. This trail is one of the most traveled travels in the Bighorns!!

The scramble was a great scramble it took us about 4.5 hours, and it was hard. The carin guided trail was basically impossible to find, which made it harder and added time to our summit. There was also snow on the way to the summit making it a touch more difficult and hairy at times (I would recommend going later in the season). We also ran out of water, but filtered some in the creek near by (I ran out of 2 liters and filled up another liter for the hike back). On our way there and back we ran into multiple moose with their young, make sure to take a detour around!!

Overall, this was a spectacular hike. However, I would not recommend doing it in a day-unless you are a well seasoned hiker!! Plus camping at the lakes look more than amazing!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful! My first hike in years and very out of shape but I completed it. After reaching the second lake I was welcomed with Thunder, Lightning and HAIL, followed by sunshine.... The lakes, views and piece and quiet was amazing time spent.

hiking
11 months ago

June 2, 2017 pretty sure we are the first to hike the trail this spring. A LOT of snow of poor quality until 9000 feet then it firms up so you stay on top of the 6+ feet left on the trail. Also gets harder to follow the trail. But all in all nothing we didn't expect. Hike on!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I really liked this hike. It's a good intro to summiting 13ers. Amazing scenery!

fishing
Tuesday, February 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!

backpacking
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Fun, moderate, expect storms!

backpacking
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

did this trail during June of this year (2016). it was incredible. the scramble up and down the boulder field to Cloud Peak was grueling, but the views were so worth it. the entire area around misty moon lake (and honestly the whole trail) is gorgeous as well. holds great populations of healthy brook trout, if you're into fly fishing! caught many on a tenkara rod. they were ferocious, and i really mean that. never seen fish rise in a frenzy like they were there.

If you plan on going around the time I went, BRING MOSQUITO NETS! They were so ridiculously thick that it drove us insane a few times! :)

hiking
Friday, September 23, 2016

Absolutely loved this trail. Lots of uphill and rocky in parts. Ended up around ten and half miles, a little over 4 hours.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Best trip ever. It was so worth it.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Awesome! I added it up to be 10.2 miles for the whole loop from the parking lot. Well worth it!

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Beautiful hike! Easy to get to the first small lake, but totally worth it to keep going an extra 3ish miles to get to willow lake. Very rocky and uphill the whole way in. Took us about 5 hours to make it in and back out. Very few people once we got passed the first small lake and beautiful high country.

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