Laramie, WY – Part 2

Laramie, WY

The nimble hiker did some intense research and found a great hike for us on our final day in the Laramie area.  We headed west on UT-130 for about 30 miles to the Snowy Range.  The Snowy Range is the northern extension of the Medicine Bow Mountains, a range in the Rocky Mountains that extend for 100-mile from northern Colorado into southern Wyoming.

From a distance it is easy to see where the name Snowy Range came from.  While they appear to be covered with snow most of the color is from the rocks above the tree line.  But there is a bit of snow pack remaining as well.

The Snowy Range from a distance

For most of the trip we drove through rolling hills of prairie grass.  Many pronghorns were enjoying a late breakfast in the nearby fields.

After passing through the tiny town of Centennial, the road began to quickly gain elevation.  This gain was reflected in the appearance of some color in the trees along the highway, an indication that Fall is beginning in the high country.

The high country just below the tree line in the Snow Range is filled with many beautiful lakes.  As we approached the trailhead Little Brooklyn Lake appeared on our left.

Little Brooklyn Lake

We parked at the trailhead for the Lost Glacier Lakes Trail where we were at 10,500 feet of elevation.  Shortly into the hike we could see Brooklyn Lake below us.

Brooklyn Lake

As we continued the trail slowly gained in elevation and we passed East Glacier Lake then West Glacier Lake.  Above the lakes we could see snow pack almost hidden in the white of the rocks.

East Glacier Lake

West Glacier Lake

At one point the trail turned to our right and moved into the trees, but it was lunch time so we took a side trail steeply up the rocks.

Our efforts climbing up the rocky side trail were rewarded as we had a great view with one of the Telephone Lakes in the foreground and the prairie to the east in the background.

Lunch with a view

Some of the literature that described this trail said that Lost Lake was a bit difficult to find.  It didn’t seem that difficult to us though, as the sign saying “Lost Lake” tipped us off to its location!

Lost Lake

We continued up the trail so we could enjoy a good view of both of the Telephone Lakes.

We really enjoyed hiking in the Snowy Range and saw a total of nine lakes and ponds.  While the folks back East were sweltering in 90 degree temperatures with high humidity, at 11,000 feet we had to button up our jackets with temperatures in the low 50s and a brisk wind.

Next up for us is a visit to the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area on the Wyoming – Utah border.  More on that later . . .

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33 Responses to Laramie, WY – Part 2

  1. Debbie L says:

    Great job Nimble Hiker! Fantastic hike in my birthplace origins! I long to go there….in time.

  2. Debbie L says:

    Reblogged this on Real life…. and commented:
    It will be years before we get to Wyoming. So here is a hike we will do when we get there! This is a couple that share our same hiking and exploring passions!

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  4. Debbie L says:

    Ps-hope you don’t mind-I’ve reblogged to my personal blog and then tried to do the same on our Travel Adventure blog. I self host it so it doesn’t reblog easily.

  5. Upriverdavid says:

    Thanks for the great photos….I think I’ve commented one time b/4…..This last group of pictures really makes me want to go in your tracks.

  6. Marsha says:

    The pronghorns are awesome.

    Let me get something straight….So the first photo of the lake and mountains….that isn’t snow but the color of the rock? Amazing and beautiful.

    Lunch view….outstanding.

    The clear water of Lost Lake is wonderful. I bet it would taste delicious too.

    Great hike guy with fantastic photos. Keep them coming.

    • placestheygo says:

      The fields were just full of pronghorns…so cute! Yes, the Snowy Range looks just like they are covered in snow. It was hard to actually tell the snow from the rock. Our lunch view was so great that we stopped on our way back down and had our apple to enjoy the view one last time:)

  7. That’s a beautiful hike! Love that you are back up to 10,000 feet in to time at all!

  8. Gay says:

    Absolutely, totally awesome hike you found there Nimble Hiker! Nine lakes/ponds has to be a record.

  9. Lenore says:

    More beautiful lakes! Your commitment to finding these great hikes sure results in some stunning rewards.

  10. We didn’t make it to the Snowy Range-on our list! So how did you do hiking at 10,000′ again? Looks like no problem!

    • placestheygo says:

      We were surprised how well we did. It helped that we did four hikes with a 1000 ft gain each time. But we moved right up to 11,000 ft without having to stop and gasp for breath. This range is full of hiking.

  11. Jodee Gravel says:

    Love that lonely fence line shot, it “sounds” so quiet. That white rock is crazy – I imagine many think there’s snow up there year-round! Glad you are seeing some early fall color as well. Makes me want to pick up a Pumpkin Spice latte from that place.

  12. Ingrid says:

    Love the clear water of Lost Lake. I think you’ve turned into true westerners. You’re lungs adjust much quicker these days, huh! Flaming Gorge has been on our list for awhile, so I’ll be taking notes 🙂

    • placestheygo says:

      The water in all of the lakes was very, very clear and so pretty. We sure are glad we were able to adjust so quickly to the elevation because we didn’t have time to wait:) The hiking was calling and we had to go:) We’ll have lots of info on the Flaming Gorge!!

  13. oneta hayes says:

    Gorgeous pictures. I found “lunch with a view” especially appealing.

  14. We can always count on you to find a good hike. WY is on our list for next year, so Im keeping tabs of your stops in the area.
    I thought you were heading towards Yellowstone.
    Great Pictures of a beautiful place and the pronghorns were really happy to see you out there!

    • placestheygo says:

      Haha! Yes, we were heading to the Tetons and maybe Yellowstone. But then we decided that since we had been there before, we would head to the Cheyenne, Laramie, and the Flaming Gorge instead which we haven’t seen yet:) Turned out to be a good plan:)

  15. Sherry says:

    Great research. What a terrific hike. So glad you are dedicated enough to drive 60 miles round trip to show this to me. Love seeing your shoe view lunch spot again.

  16. mdbelock says:

    What a great hike. Will have to check it out

  17. LuAnn says:

    Great job in scouting out an interesting hike Pam! Fall seems to be in the area here, with the mornings sunny and crisp. I love this time of year!

  18. Laurel says:

    Oh goodie, we’re back to “Lunch with a View” shots! You are awesome at scouting out great hikes. I’m amazed at how quickly you adjust to hiking at high elevations. I’m hoping we’ll do the same after more than two months at sea level…..

  19. Pam says:

    I love Wyoming and would probably find a way to live there if not for those nasty winters. Lovely hike!

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