The Gap Lakes Trail is open all year but is hard to get to from winter through mid summer.
It is open to hiking. Dogs are welcome but be aware that the Gap Lakes Trail is very rocky in many place.
Mountain Biking is not allowed.
There is a fee of $5 per vehicle per day to access the trailheads in the Sugar Loaf Recreation Area. The Medicine Bow Routt National Forest Day Use Pass is accepted along with all Interagency Recreation Passes.
There are a few easy trails near the Gap Lakes Trail.
There are over 10 miles of moderate trails in the area.
There are over 5 miles of difficult trails in the area.
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This is without question one of the most scenic hikes in the Medicine Bow National Forest.
From the trailhead by Lewis Lake it travels just under three miles until it reaches Quealy Lake Trail.
You will walk past one alpine lake after another with the rugged Snowy Range Peaks standing tall over you.
Almost two miles into the hike you’ll have the option to explore up the Shelf Lakes Trail or continue on. Our friend Roger Ludwig has written a great article about the Shelf Lakes that can be found on his website Away From The Grind. He has a second article about The Gap as well.
Gap Lakes trail to Quealy Lake Trail is also the preferred way to get to either Deep Lake or Reservoir Lake.
If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the Gap Lakes Trail:
- You can view, download, and print a PDF version of our free trail guide.
- You can find these trails in our Snowy Range and Pole Mountain Trail Deck sold through our partner, Laramie’s Basecamp.
- The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest publishes the Medicine Bow National Forest Map – Waterproof which contains the Gap Lakes Trail.
- These trails are also part of the Hiking Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest – Third Edition book by Marc Smith.
Gap Lakes Trail ranges in elevation from 10,760 feet at the trailhead to 11,000 feet between North and South Gap Lakes.
The trailhead for Gap Lakes Trail is on the north end of the parking area for the Lewis Lake Picnic Area. Drive west from Centennial on Wyoming Highway 130 for 11 miles. Turn right into the Sugar Loaf Recreation Area. Follow this gravel road all the way until it ends at the parking area for the Lewis Lake Picnic Area. You can also park at the Libby Lake Picnic Area which you will pass first. It is only a short walk from there to the trailhead at Lewis Lake.
Select the Google Map tab next to the Just Trails Map tab at the top of the page to see a directions map.
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