What You Need To Know About Medicine Bow Peak

So, maybe you've lived in Laramie your entire life and climbed to the top of Medicine Bow Peak dozens of times. Or, perhaps you're new to town and looking to learn more about this iconic peak. Regardless we thought we'd talk about one of our favorite places (ever!) on the blog today, 'The Peak.' The best place to start if you're looking to summit this peak is on our trail page, where you can learn more about the trek to the top and print off a FREE downloadable trail guide. We also have an entire map card dedicated to this…

How To Climb Medicine Bow Peak With Kids

  Last week a friend posted this question on the facebook page of our local kid-friendly hiking group. Any tips for a family hike up Medicine Bow Peak? Best trailhead? It just happened to coincide with some other questions we've been asked lately regarding taking kids to the top of the peak. So, I thought it'd be a good time to talk a little bit about climbing Medicine Bow Peak with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  Medicine Bow Peak is the highest peak in the Snowy Range at 12,013 feet. It is part of a rugged ridge line that towers over…

Top 5 Reasons to Climb Medicine Bow Peak

Imagine sitting at 12,013 feet downing a handful of M&M's and looking at a view like this. Not too shabby huh? One of our favorite hikes of all time is the trek up to the top of Medicine Bow Peak and consequently, it's our most popular trail page. A few weeks ago we headed that direction and we were amazed at how many people were climbing to the top. This peak does not discriminate. We saw old people, middle-aged people, teenagers, and even another family packing a baby to the top (right on!). We saw people hiking in blue jeans, running…

Fire Lookout on Medicine Bow Peak

In the not so distant past there was a fire lookout station on top of Medicine Bow Peak. It was perched right up on the 12,013 foot summit. [caption id="attachment_2321" align="alignleft" width="150"] Taken by W.C. Alden in 1925, part of the USGS Photographic Library[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2320" align="alignleft" width="150"] Similar shot taken in 2012[/caption] It was first established in 1904 and the first lookout was Fred Miller. The Forest Service built the lookout on the summit but Fred built for himself a cabin near lookout lake and a smaller stone shelter on the summit ridge line near the lowest point between…