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One of our favorite hikes in the Bighorns. This area is rich in scenery, wildlife and trails to hike.

Beautiful hike, steep climb in some spots, heavily trafficked

Bring bug spray. Overall great hike. We backpacked and stayed overnight at Lost Twin.

backpacking
1 month ago

Like dozens of others, used this as base camp for Cloud Peak. Be on the lookout for moose at 5am and, the even more majestic, skeeter swarms the rest of the day!

horseback riding
1 month ago

One way trail from west ten sleep lake. Beautiful 5 to 6 hour ride. Pass 3 lakes moderate in some spots totally different views on the way back.

Good memories.
Easy.

Views were amazing! Should have brought fishing gear, maybe next time. Saw a moose and lots of birds. Everyone was exhausted at the end - no complaints though, well worth the effort!

fishing
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Three of us hiked this in early July we didn't stop at misty moon but continued on to gunboat lake. Very pretty area with some great fishing opportunities

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Took us 3 hours to reach Lost Twin Lakes (2 fit adults, only a few short breaks) And 2 hr 15 minutes to get back. My GPS said 6.25 miles from trailhead to the top. We passed maybe 4 other groups while hiking. Beautiful hike! A few challenging parts. Mostly at the very end. Bring bug spray! Lots of mosquitoes.

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

We only hiked about half of the trail, but it was a nice hike and very scenic. The bugs were annoying, but bug spray kept them from landing and biting. The first creek crossing was a bit harrowing. My daughter found some logs across the river upstream which made the crossing much easier than wading through the slippery rocks. I took the log crossing on the way back. It was mid-July, midweek and we crossed paths with less than 10 people along the route.

backpacking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Amazing hike to Lost Twin Lakes! We packed in and stayed the night lakeside after a moderate day of hiking. Mirror Lake continued to allude us both ways, not an obvious stop on the trail. Overall a great overnight one day backpack, but be sure to bring bug spray the mosquitoes were bad at the beginning of July!

backpacking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hiked and camped at Misty Moon in Early September. Spent two nights, spent the 2nd day doing a hike up to Solitude Lake and watching a big bull moose. Went back two weeks later and camped at Lake Helen. Best fishing ever!

backpacking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Amazing scenery!

Well traveled trail with excellent fishing along the way. Easily hiked with young children to Mirror Lake.

Very nice one night backpack !!

hiking
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This was an amazing hike!! We mad it a nice 2 dayer.. Camped up on top in between the lakes and was gonna press on up to Darton Peak, but it got to cold and super windy it also snowed the 2nd night ( IN JULY!!)( just a skiff but dam cold)(not expecting that wrong gear!) we will definitely be back to do this again!! Make sure you take plenty of bug spray, the mosquitoes were horrible over at mirror Lake!! Great fishing as well!!

hiking
Friday, August 07, 2015

My brother and I did this hike last weekend. We have been to Mirror Lake before but never Lost Twins. We started out from West Tensleep Lake at 7:30am and made it to Lost Twins by 11:30am with food/water breaks in between. There were quiet a few people on the trail but most were packing in to stay the night. We had already decided to make it a long day hike. The lakes and cliff faces are impressive and something you will never forget! The trail is easy to follow and only has a few difficult spots. Be sure to bring your fishing pole and your dogs! We made it back to the truck by 4:30pm after catching our limit on fish.

hiking
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Lovely trail that I do occasionally. Always impressive to approach the lakes and see the cliffs. Good fishing and not too strenuous, you can get there in an afternoon from the trail head. No camp fires up there, and you've got to pack out your poop. You are warned.

hiking
Friday, August 01, 2014

Hiking with 35lb pack, I left the West Tensleep Lake overnight parking area at 4pm and, despite my heavy pack, arrived at Mistymoon Lake at 7pm. For those wishing to camp at Mistymoon it is important to note that this is back country and there are no preselected campsites; one must find their own site (in accordance with the Cloud Peak regulations). If you're planning to spend any time at Mistymoon, BRING BUG SPRAY - Mistymoon Lake is legendary for its bugs. Also, beware of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. I encountered a decent lightning storm during my last hour of hiking. When I do it again, I will leave much earlier in the day in hopes of avoiding such storms. Overall, the trail was in great condition. As noted below, beware of the creek that you will need to ford at approximately 1 mile into the hike. Water levels have been extra high this year due to the record snowfall in the Big Horns, so my experience with knee deep, swiftly rushing water may not be the norm, but be sure to take care with your footing in such conditions. I found that the added weight of my pack made the first few steps into the water a bit treacherous.

on Mistymoon Trail

hiking
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Mistymoon trail begins on the East side of West Tensleep Lake. The trail for the most part follows the creek. There are 2 creek crossings. The first one is maybe a 1/2 mile from the trail head and is the widest crossing. There were small trees laid across it when we were there. That's a good place to top off your water bottles. After the creek crossing you will find the sign that says that you are on Mistymoon trail. Shortly after that you will ascend through trees and be away from the creek for about 2 miles. When you reach Lake Helen the South side of the lake is a popular and beautiful place to stop and take a break. Mistymoon trail continues on past Lake Marion and finally to Mistymoon Lake and if you continue on it will join the Lake Solitude trail. This is an amazing Wilderness area. Wildflowers were abundant late July. Loved the hike and stayed at Mistymoon lake overnight. Be prepared for lightning storms as they come in late afternoon/evening. @backpackerneil

camping
Monday, September 02, 2013

It was a great hike through some beautiful country. There were ample places to pitch a tent at Mistymoon lake. It definitely would have been doable in one day, but I was glad to stop for the night.

This was a GREAT hike I would definitely recommend it!! It was a hard hike for me at the time but the views are WELL worth it!!

camping
Friday, July 22, 2011

It's a Long hike from West Tensleep lake, took us about 5-6hrs. The first lake you get to is Lake Helen, it's big and it's beautiful with lots of places to camp for the night. Lake Marion is next, smaller but still beautiful and not as tent friendly on the hiking side. Then finally Mistymoon lake, almost no trees around it surrounded by granite with lots of space around it to camp, nowhere sheltered though. From there you can choose any number of trails for day hikes or you can continue on along Solitude deeper into the mountain range by heading for Gunboat lake. I'm not sure where Solitude Trail takes you the other way other than to Solitude lakes but since I've never gone that route I don't know it. Mistymoon is also a good place to place to stop on the way to climb Cloud Peak or Bomber Mtn, just to name a few. It's one of my favorite hikes. It can be done in a Long day but I prefer to at least stay one night. It's a bit of a challenging hike in, so if you are just going for the day pack light and bring your water filter/pump for refills on water once you make it to the lakes!! Happy Hiking!!

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