Hike to the Summit of Medicine Bow Peak

Wyoming Medicine Bow Peak Trail - Lake Marie Trailhead

Added by Tobin Akehurst

Medicine Bow Peak has 4 different trailheads that lead to the summit with hikes ranging from 1.6 - 7.5 miles and up to a 2,000 ft elevation gain. Enjoy incredible views, wildflowers, and dozens of lakes in this alpine high-country. 

Medicine Bow Peak (12,014ft) is the highest summit in the Snowy Range of Wyoming. There is a network of quality alpine trails leading around the mountain and up to the summit. Stop in at the Visitor Center in Centennial for a free map of the area and pick your route. Options exist from a direct 1.6 mile route, to an incredible 7.5 mile loop.

The Four Trailheads are as follows:

  • Lake Marie Trailhead (41.3315675,-106.3253345)
  • Mirror Lake Trailhead (41.338138,-106.3235919)
  • Lewis Lake Trailhead (41.3586405,-106.2944908)
  • Dipper Lake Trailhead (41.3668013,-106.3475806)

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Your free map from the visitor center in Centennial, WyDay hiking stuff

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Activities:

Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1.6 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Groups
Lake
River
Romantic
Scenic
Swimming Hole
Wildflowers

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5 months ago

Full Moon Hike!

Did this as my first full moon night hike soon after I moved to WY from sunny CA. It was gorgeous and fun and so cold at midnight in September. There was wind and hail and whiskey at the top. It was so worth it, but I also bought my first puffy jacket the next day.

5 months ago

7 months ago

Not very prominent peak

Super fun hike and enjoyed my time up there by all means, the summit didn't feel very much like a summit though. Pretty gradual towards the top. Still a solid day hike!

7 months ago

about 1 year ago

Fall Hike

This took us about 7-8 hours to complete. Well worth it!

about 1 year ago

Added by Tobin Akehurst

I am from the Pacific Northwest, where the mountains meet the sea. When I eschew the trappings of the modern world and venture into the mountains I feel as though I am revived by simplicity, renewed by the power of violent geography.

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