Quealy Lake Trail is open all year but it is difficult to get to from winter to mid summer. Forest Road 103 is additionally closed to motorized vehicles from November 1st through July 1st.
It is open to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Dogs are welcome.
There are no parking or day use fees.
There are 3 moderate trails totaling 6.5 miles.
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If you hike the Western portion of the Quealy Lake Trail you are almost guaranteed to have it to yourself.
There is no sign to mark the trailhead but it is right next to two old cabins. Look across the meadow from the old cabins and you’ll see some cairns marking the trail.
The trail will be difficult to follow in places until you get East of Vagner Lake.
You will get some great views of the north and west side of Medicine Bow Peak and the terrain isn’t as rugged as other trails nearby.
Be sure to check out the old cabins near the trailhead and you’ll want to linger around Reservoir Lake.
If you are looking for a guide to take with you on the Quealy Lake 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 has a webpage with more information about the Quealy Lake Trail and 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.
Quealy Lake Trail ranges in elevation from 10,360 feet near the trailhead to a little over 10,800 feet near Reservoir Lake and again near Sheep Lake.
Drive west from Centennial on Wyoming Highway 130 for 18 miles. Turn right on Forest Road 103. This road has information signs where it starts but is not well marked. It will come after the Silver Lake Campground and a hard left turn on the highway. (Here is a video).
Follow the road for 2 miles to the seasonal closure gate. You can park here and hike the remaining 3 miles to the trailhead or drive. Driving is not recommended unless you have a four wheel drive vehicle with good ground clearance. In fact you may want one just to get this far.
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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