Explore the most popular birding trails near Centennial with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We did this trail as part of a loop (we hiked up Medicine Bow trail to the summit and then took the Lakes Trail back down to the parking lot). It was a great hike, very scenic but unless you’re prepared for hiking in snow and strong, strong winds then I would recommend doing only the Lake Trails part of the trail up and down. Even the Lake Trail has some snow on it, but it’s hard packed and easy to walk on. Some icy sections but overall a walk in the park compared to the other loop section we did! Hiked on October 26th

Was a nice early morning hike. I was only one on trail. Was other people in parking area but did other trail options. Was in the 30's but was comfortable when hiking. The wind was the worst factor. Guessing it was blowing in the 40's mph. Could have been why the other hikers did the lower trails. Would recommend checking out the area.

Beautiful trail!!! Moderate hike with amazing views of the lakes. If I’m ever back in the Snowy Range I’d definitely come back to hike this trail.

We had a blast. Not too hard but some need to pay attention because if larger rocks. Will be using this one again!

Beautiful trail! Amazing views and a perfect workout. Not too steep for those acclimating to the altitude.

Absolutely beautiful

mountain biking
4 months ago

Super fun trail we started by the north fork campground and one day took the right turn toward the trailhead, the next time we stayed left and caught this trial. It was a great ride.

Loved it. Absolutely beautiful but the elevation will hurt if you’re not used to it

The ascent was challenging, but the views were worth it.

We started the hike to barber lake. We didn’t get there via the trail, we ended up on the road, turned around and took the trail to Libby creek. It was pretty, extremely strenuous. Lots of uphill walking, hard. Later we discovered barber lake does not exist anymore. It’s dried up.

Gorgeous and powerful, suitable for all ages, few others hikers. Very accessible.

one of my favorite hikes of all time. along water the entire way. absolutely stunning and a good workout. saw a few moose on the drive up.

Overall, it was a great hike! The views are AMAZING! The lakes are gorgeous, the mountain is stunning, and there are pretty wildflowers along the way.

I did this trail in the early summer (mid June). At this time of year the trail was often covered in giant sections of snow and the trail was often covered in running water. So be prepared for wet feet! I suggest quick drying socks and water resistant shoes. Also due to all the beautiful flowers and strong winds, allergies can get pretty bad up there.

bring bug spray. gorgeous views.

7 months ago

Lots of rolling hills and several downed trees to navigate. I saw a moose up pretty close here

cross country skiing
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Such a great winter spot!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

I hiked most of this trail in the summer of 2016 and found it to be a peaceful and leisurely walk most of the way. It was generally shady as we followed the stream, and there were wild raspberries along much of the trail. Quite a treat. It did get a bit warm when we had no shade, but that was only a small part of our hike.
I must have turned around before reaching the difficult part because I thought the hike was almost entirely easy.

We generally start at the trailhead just above Mirror Lake rather than by Lake Marie (which while beautiful, will take you alongside the road for a good stretch). You'll come upon a crossroads at the top before the trail ends, at which point one has the option to either a) turn around and return ("out and back"), b) go left to do the Medicine Bow Peak trail (leave plenty of extra time and have extra supplies!), or c) go right and continue on to end at Lewis Lake as the trail map here shows (at which point it's a good option to catch a ride there or walk the mile to the road to hitch back to the trailhead, rather than just go back the way you came). All are great options, if you have the time, supplies, and inclination...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beautiful walk/ very easy hike through the woods. some down trees.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Be aware that the River Trail is not a loop as it might appear. The end of the trail comes out in a campground and not the parking lot for the trail. The full hike will be 4 Miles as you will have to turn around and hike back to get to the parking lot. The trail basically goes through the mountains. The name might lead you to think it will follow the river but you will only cross the river a few times and there are a couple places you have a little view of it. Trail is ok but nothing exceptional.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Was a bit hard to find the trailhead as there weren't any signs actually stating this was the Lakes Trail. There was no overnight parking in the picnic area, so we ended up squeezing into the next parking lot which meant we had to walk a paved path around Lake Marie to get to the actual trail. After we finally figured all of that out, the views were spectacular and the camping was great! There were still some snow fields and mud. Saw lots of day hikers walking around the muddy sections. Wear appropriate footwear and try to stay on trail! Lots of mosquitos too. Bring bug spray!

Friday, June 16, 2017

The actual hiking trail is more of a 4-Wheeler or Jeep road, pretty boring hike up. However, the cabin and the views from the top were really neat.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

I was out exploring the back roads when I came across the north trail head (off Sand Lake Road) and decided to check it out. It was a relatively easy trail with a combination of woods and open spaces early on. I only made it about 5 miles in when it started getting dark, so I didn't get to see any mountain vistas or Sheep Lake. I did see three moose along the trail, which was pretty cool. Thankfully, my puppy did not. Next time I'll try this one from the Brooklyn Lake trail head. The views are probably much more noteworthy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Amazing views of the Snowy Range from the southeast. I think I took 50 pictures the first time I hiked it. 1.7 miles up to the saddle +1.7 miles back to the trailhead equals 3.4 miles total, out and back. The option exists to loop over Medicine Bow Peak for an extra 6 miles or so…
Easy access and easy parking leads to my only nitpick – it can be a bit crowded on the trail.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The pictures from the review of Jeff Herronen are not of the Sheep Lake Trail. He appears to be hiking along North Gap Lake. Sheep Lake trail runs from near Brooklyn Lake around the east end of Browns mtn passing Twin Lakes then turning west on its way to Sheep Lake. The trail then continues north to Sand Lake.

Friday, September 06, 2013

Backpacked into the lakes, and packed around the other side of the mountain. Probably in the 15-20 mile range. As you can see from the pictures, there are some places where you are boulder-ing across some rocks. Beautiful views, and great weather!

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