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Weather Report, unkown photographer, August 4th, 1941, Box 21, Medicine Bow National Forest, Coll. 3654, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming

Weather Report, unkown photographer, August 4th, 1941, Box 21, Medicine Bow National Forest, Coll. 3654, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming

Are you into visiting mountain peaks with grand sweeping views but aren’t interested in walking up hill? Kennaday Peak may interest you since it’s possible to drive all the way to the top.

Lookout Tower on Kennaday PeakKennaday Peak is located in the northwest portion of the Snowy Range at an altitude of 10,810 feet and has some incredible views of the surrounding area. Some of the highlights are Barrett Ridge to the south, the Platte River Valley to the west, Pennock Mountain and Elk Mountain to the north and of course Medicine Bow Peak to the east.

The original fire lookout tower was built up here in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps but it is long gone now. We only found one picture (at the top of this page) of the original lookout at the American Heritage Center.

Looking toward Medicine Bow Peak

Looking toward Medicien Bow Peak

The current tower is locked so If you are looking to get up just a little bit higher to have a look around you’ll have to settle for climbing on someones shoulders. But it really isn’t necessary since all the views are amazing.

There is a curiously large parking area up there as well. I think it’s bigger than the parking area at Lake Marie and it makes me wonder if this place gets a lot of visitors. You will want a vehicle with high clearance but you won’t need 4 wheel drive, unless you are trying to get here early in the spring or after a storm (which we don’t recommend).

 

Looking toward Elk Mountain

Looking toward Elk Mountain

To get there drive east from Saratoga on Wyoming Highway 130, turn onto Brush Creek Road (Forest Road 100) and follow it for 6 miles. Then turn left onto Forest Road 215 and follow it for another 6.5 miles to reach the summit. Just remember if you visit, take only pictures and leave only footprints.

For those of you wondering, this was the site of our record high altitude diaper change. We’ve put more pictures in a flickr set!

Guides

If you are looking for a guide to get you to the Kennaday Peak Fire Lookout

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