The Silver Lake Trails are open all year even though they are difficult to get to in the winter. The Silver Lake Campground usually opens each year in late June or early July.
It is open to hiking. Dogs are welcome.
Mountain biking and horseback riding.
There is no fee for day use (hiking or picnicking) but there is a fee of $10 each night to use the campground.
There are 3 moderate trails totaling 4.1 miles.
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The two main trails around Silver Lake are an incredible bargain in terms of the scenic variety you will experience versus the total trail distance of about 4.5 miles.
Silver Lake Trail (1.4 Miles Long) wraps around the beautiful clear lake and connects to the Silver Lake Trailhead as well as the Campground.
Meadow Falls Trail (2.6 Miles Long) travels through forests and meadows with several Vistas at the most scenic locations complete with benches encouraging you to linger.
The Vistas offer wide scenic views of the South French Creek Valley, a peaceful pond, or Meadow Falls.
You won’t want to rush these trails.
If you are looking for a guide to take with you around Silver Lake:
- 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 status page for the Silver Lake Trailhead and the Silver Lake Campground. 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 10,240 feet at the Meadow Falls Overlook Area to 10,620 feet at the Silver Lake Trailhead.
From Laramie travel west on Wyoming Highway 130. After you pass Centennial, travel another 16 miles along Wyoming 130. The Silver Lake Trailhead is not marked but there is an established parking area with a big sign about Wyoming Wildlife (We’ve got a picture of it). If you travel past this trailhead for one half mile you will reach the entrance to the Silver Lake Campground where there many other places to access the trails.
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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