Lakes + Granite + More Lakes: Backpacking the Medicine Bow Mountains in WY
Last week, Chyna and I embarked on our first backpacking trip of the summer to the Medicine Bow Mountains in Wyoming. An easy two hour drive from Loveland it was a perfect opener as the mileage was short, the gain minimal, yet still allowed us to get used to high elevation (the trail stayed between 10,500-11,000ft). We ended up making a loop mostly on trail with a bit of off trail with a total of about 7 miles and 800 feet of elevation gain. We passed numerous lakes such as South Gap Lake, Lewis Lake, and Libby Lake. We ended up camping among the chain of lakes known as the Klondike Lakes. I was impressed with the geology of this range as it drew strong vibes to the Sierra of California (a favorite of mine). It is an interesting area that is a relatively flat plateau of forest and lakes with this one chain of 12,000 foot peaks standing above everything else. I imagine this spot gets quite busy but in late June on a weekday we had the place to ourselves minus a few friendly fly fisherman at the trailhead. A great way to start backpacking season off! Take a look at the photos below.
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