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 hot – so 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,
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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!
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