Summit Cloud Peak

West Tensleep Trailhead

Distance

23 Miles

Elevation Gain

4000 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Ryan Manuel

Forest
Lake
Scenic

Avoid the crowds and get amazing views from atop Cloud Peak. This trek is 23 miles Round Trip with 4000+ Elevation Gain/Loss to summit this Wyoming 13er.

Although there is more than one way to access the peak, the most commonly used route begins at the West Tensleep Trailhead & Campground (44.258019, -107.215344) (Elevation: 9101 ft.) The trailhead can be reached from Buffalo, WY. Heading Southwest on Cloud Peak Scenic Byway (HWY 16) turn left onto Forest Road 27 at Deer Haven Lodge. Follow Forest Road 27 for about 9 miles to the trailhead and free parking area. The backcountry permit box can be found at the trailhead.

Begin the hike on Mistymoon Lake Trail #063 around the banks of West Tensleep Lake to a short ‘rock hop’ stream crossing. Follow the trail for 6.5 miles, passing Helen and Marion lakes and arriving at Mistymoon Lake (44.341909, -107.173955) Elevation: 10,240 ft. Follow the trail to the left around Mistymoon Lake to the Lake Solitude trail #038 junction. Follow trail #308 until just before the Paint Rock Creek drainage on the North side of the trail, where you will rely on rock cairns for the remainder of the climb until reaching the Cloud Peak Summit (44.382188, -107.173955) (Elevation: 13,179 ft.)

The trek is most enjoyable if you hike to Mistymoon Lake and camp on the north ridge above for a great sunset and sunrise. Day 2 traverse up to Cloud Peak in time for lunch and photos. Then head back down for another relaxing evening at Mistymoon. Day 3 hike from Mistymoon back to the trailhead. However, if you’re an experienced trailrunner/hiker, pack light and you can manage the entire 23 miles in a day!

This trip is well worth it if you enjoy avoiding crowds, captivating peaks, and glaciated lakes above treeline!

Cloud Peak(44.382188, -107.173955)Elevation: 13179 ft.

Mistymoon Lake(44.341909, -107.213678)Elevation: 10240 ft.

West Tensleep Campground(44.258019, -107.215344)Elevation: 9101 ft.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Patty Yoder

over 4 years ago

In my next life I'm thinking about coming back as you!

Distance

23 Miles

Elevation Gain

4000 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Summer, Autumn

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Ryan Manuel

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