The Miners Cabin and Tipple Trail is open all year but it is difficult to get to from winter to mid summer.
It is open to hiking. Dogs are welcome. Mountain Biking is only allowed on the lower portion of Tipple Trail to provide access to French Creek Canyon Trail.
Mountain biking and horseback riding.
There are no parking or day use fees.
The is 2 easy trails totaling 0.8 miles.
There is 1 moderate trail totaling 2.1 miles.
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Miners Cabin Trail is a 0.6 mile long loop that travels past what remains of the Red Mask Mine. This mine, which was last operating in the 1920s, marks the end of the mining era around Medicine Bow Peak.
At the junction of Miners Cabin Trail and Tipper Trail is the remains of the old cabin where those who worked the Red Mask Mine lived.
Lake Marie Falls Trail is a very short (0.2 mile) loop with excellent views of the falls with the mountains in the background. This is the origin of South French Creek.
The western end of Tipple Trail has two places with benches providing excellent views of French Creek and the mountains.
If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the around Miners Cabin and Tipple 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 provides a status on their website. They also publish the Medicine Bow National Forest Map – Waterproof.
- These trails are also part of the Hiking Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest – Third Edition book by Marc Smith.
The trails range in elevation from 10,280 feet to 10,810 feet.
Miners Cabin Trail can be reached from the Medicine Bow Peak Scenic Overlook. From Laramie, WY take Wyoming Highway 130 West. Travel about 14 miles past Centennial, look for signs to the overlook. Lake Marie Falls can be reached by continuing on WY 14 for another 2 miles to the Lake Marie Trailhead. Tipple Trail can be reached from either trailhead or the Tipple Trailhead is another .25 miles down the Highway on the left.
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