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Medicine Bow Peak hike 2017 - Wyoming USA

from a National Forest in Southern Wyoming

sunny 88 °F

Medicine Bow Peak hike

This is a huge National Forest just about 3 hours from Denver. It covers north central Colorado and south central Wyoming. But the hiking highlight of Medicine Bow peak (and the nearby Sugarloaf Mountain and Browns Peak) is in Wyoming. So a quick drive and a National Parks pass will get you to these views too.

There are year-round recreation opportunities there, including hiking, biking, camping, horse riding, OHV riding, fishing, hunting, sightseeing, photography and a wide array of winter sports, just to name a few. Our trip was focused on the hiking. We took the Medicine Bow Peak trail on the way up, and the Lakes Trail on the way back. That round trip covers 7 miles and has a variety of landscapes, elevation changes, and trail conditions.


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Elevation changes from start to peak (~ 10,400 to 11,900):
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After a steep initial climb from the parking lot, here's a few from the south end of the Medicine Bow peak range and the lakes below:

At the first stop, here's a selfie and panoramic of the incredible views:

Looking around from the very top of the peak:

At the north end of the trail, looking along the range ridges and lakes below:

A panoramic view of the entire range from the Lakes Trail:

Completing the hike; time to celebrate:


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Posted by MurkTravels 11:51 Archived in USA Tagged hiking travel usa wyoming nationalparks

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