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Snowy Range – Medicine Bow National Forest, WY -Backpack 4 days (6 day trip)

Snowy Range – Medicine Bow National Forest, WY -Backpack 4 days (6 day trip)

6 day trip – AUG 15th Wednesday to AUG 20th Tuesday

· Day one – travel to Snowy Range – meet at the Bar in Centennial WY (just East of Forest) - Camp and or Cabin at Towner Lake (a friends very rustic Cabin)

· Day Two – From the Brooklyn Lake Trail head - take Trail #289 break off to Trail # 102 to Cutthroat Lake (about 5 -6 miles) – camp at Cutthroat Lake

· Day Three – In late AM on trail #102 hike to Shelf Lakes (north on trail #109) (about 2 to 3 miles) - Camp round one of the lakes.

· Day Four - Very short hike about 1.5 to 2 miles to Lost lake (optional for people to hike all the way out and head home!!!0

· Day Five - hike out to Brooklyn lake Trail head – (1  mile ) options Camping/Cabin at Towner Lake, Motel in Laramie, or go home ( everyone own choice)

· Day Six - Head home -

From middle of Denver to Centennial it is about 3 hour drive. From Centennial it is 45 minutes to cabin at Towner. From Cabin to trail head it is about 30 minutes

Backpack is approx 12 to 15 miles miles (best est. at this time – It will depend on side hikes and optional lakes to camp out for the best sites.

Forest, Sub-alpine, alpine, and above timber line camping. Lakes – wow, my ruff est. is about 15 to 20 different lakes. Flowers, Marmots, and Moose. VIEWS, Photo opts. And Fishing (from what I can tell from the information FISHING IS BIG HERE and good!

LIMITED TO 10 people – Based on tent sites – encourage sharing a tent, food and gear - as it will work...

EST (simple calculation for now) Evaluation CHANGE (up and down is about… 3000 feet up and down

Scenery: 4 Outstanding

Difficulty:3 Multi-day – big elevation gains – But each day will be short (I want to stop for photos (this will be much easier than I thought - updated 6-25)

Solitude: 4 several groups in different part, some areas it might be just us -


Map and fishing information

No Dogs on this trip – Wildlife

Risks – Weather – afternoon storms – lighting – altitude – (we will alter travel if necessary as well as camp site on risk factors.

Temp range: I have only camped at Towner and at night it Gets cold – days are hotso my Est. are upper 70’s during the day and upper 20’s at night (yes below freezing at these altitudes) The snow in the area will still be on the ground – roads into the area are sometimes still snow blocked in to late June

Some roads to (i.e. to Towner) are dirt and not well maintained… I will get up dates on conditions as we get closer.

AS OF 6-25 the trip is full

information(and fees (if any) or other requirements) will be moved by me to the “going” RSVP status” “–  you’ll be put on the waiting list and I will change status to going - the system will send you an email.. I follow up with my own!

Medicine Bow National Forest,

To attend you must email me: [masked] - the following information:

Full Name:


Cell phone:

Emergency Contact information:

By emailing this information you hereby acknowledge and except the terms of agreement for the group. Your emailing the information to me will act as an electronic signature that you accept those terms. You had to read them to join the group but if you would like to review them they can be found at: under the “More” tab – “Files” - Meetup Group TERMS OF AGREEMENT

If you disagree with any of the Terms please do not RSVP and drop out of the group as this is required on all trips and to be a member of this group.

MY ONLY RULE (and it works for everything) “RESPECT”

Respect – each other, nature, the trail, the campsite, the ranger, the laws of the land, others privacy and personal space, regulations, the group, the trees, the bears, your gear, my gear, the others gear… you get the idea… respect goes a long way and pretty much covers everything you have to do in life including No Trace!

Car Pooling – I would recommend we do car pool – I will help but not be organizing directly - more to come to those who are going on the trip.

Much of the Information is ESTIMATED or EVEN A GUESS for right now. I have never done a backpack in the area but the day hikes are WONDERFUL – lakes are beautiful, Rock mountains and peaks so photogenic, and It is not a place where a lot of people go Backpacking so kind of known – but this also provides the challenge in finding good information on Backpacking there – Some of it might be winging it and making changes on the trail due to weather, trail, time, and best places to set up tents… But that is what will make this an adventure!!!

FOR SURE MORE INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED as well as details sent to those going on the trip.

Also understand the Trails and Camp locations may change as my research is completed. If anyone has knowledge of these trails and area please share!

Questions – [masked]

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  • Jeff D.

    The Trip video... 12 hours and 22 minutes to upload to Youtube...

    August 22, 2013

  • Gary

    My pics are all up Jeff ... make sure you grab the Shelf Lake pics before they disappear on you ... I'll try to point them out for you ... since you don't know what it looks like (hee hee)

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Jeff D.


      August 21, 2013

  • Gary

    Great mushroom video Jeff! ... and how long have you been looking for something to use that music in (lol)?

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    Is there anybody who has not uploaded their photos? if so let me know as I will start on the video!!!!

    August 21, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    I deleted some of my weaker photos - too make room for more of yours... I will delete more of mine if someone has not posted theirs and needs the room! Just let me know or if you see one of mine you think is duplicated just delete it!!! (I am cool with that)

    August 21, 2013

  • Kelly

    Amazing place, amazing people!!

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • delilah

    the views were amazing for the relatively easy hiking required

    1 · August 20, 2013

  • Jeff D.


    1 · August 20, 2013

  • nancy

    so glad you are such a good sport so we have someone to laugh with. thanks for another fantabulous adventure. I was dreaming about lakes last night

    August 19, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    Meet up would not allow me to adjust the ending date... so we can't post photos until Wednesday.... we have sopme great ones I have seen so this will be a FUN video to put together... After your able to post photos please do so... so I can get the video out to you ASAP!!!!

    Thank you everyone for coming along... it was a great trip... to bad most of you missed the "sudo-Shelf Lakes: " a true Sight to see (LOL) I will post those photos for you to laugh at me one more time!!!

    August 19, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    Meet with Rob.. the road to the cabin is VERY bad shape.. high clearance.. but we can car pool / Shuttle from a parking area to the cabin... we can work it out at the Beartree...

    After dinner - back at the cabin - treating everyone with some good snacks and beer and wine and sodas... - there is plenty fire wood so we can hang out at the fireplace - (oh yea- if anyone has small propane canisters for coleman lanterns (green tall thin ones) we have some lantern but could use some fuel.) (or else you just might not see what I am feeding you...hahahaha!!!! )

    August 13, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    Ok I have a few people who sent me emails but did not go on the Waiting list and/or send me information requested ... so if the trip does not create a second team... this is it! if there are people who want to join with different agendas... then they can work with me to put on a separate trip at the same time and place...

    Everyone should have received 2 emails with directions meeting places and agenda of the hike. if you haven't please email me for copies....

    Marmots, Moose and Black Bear - hang .. boots....poles... well ..everything!,,, darn marmots... NOTE: I don't think Hammocks will work at all the campsites so if this is a factor - please let me know

    July 28, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    I am meeting with my friend who owns the cabin in the Snowy Range (10 min from Trail head) to discuss my "route" (and see if he'll be kind enough to loan us the cabin to use or at least camp out at.. or both the first night.

    I will be then narrowing down the the details and moving those who RSVP'ed and Sent me their information in the order I received it to the GOING LIST

    I will entertain having a second group at the same time - who could do the trip in a shorter amount of days as there will be some options to the trail.

    Next week I should have more details on if my original posted plan is what we want.... or alter it....

    June 19, 2013

  • Jeff D.

    I met with my friend who has hiked all of the trails (has his cabin up on Towner Lake)... and he thinks the route is GREAT.. (Everyday we'll have plenty of options where to camp) This is a trip with not many miles a day but a lot of elev. gain and loss. Every camping area will also have side hikes out of them which will make for added adventures daily.

    The Last Two days could be optional also as the last day hike out is a little over a mile. and so if taking time off is a problem for you, you could be out and home by Sunday the 18th (4 day trip) - For myself I want to spend time shooting photos and enjoying the time. On the last day of the planned hiking camping, cabin or hotel are optional too and you could be home on the 19th by evening.

    April 13, 2013

    • Jeff D.

      There is some other great day hikes in the area which we can do as optional trips on The Thursday we arrive or the last day before we leave. Moose is plentiful in the area,

      From everything I have read, the fishing in the lakes is great, you do need a WY fishing Lic. - if we have anyone join the trip who would like the information I can send it yo you.

      April 13, 2013

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