windy and cold but spectacular-- start before or at dawn and have it to yourself
I was part of a group from the University climbing Medicine Bow at night during a full moon. It was incredible. The lights from any nearby city/town were clearly visible and wind was at a minimum. Temp was in the 20's. Great views of everything with moonlight! We made a loop and went back by descending on the Sugarloaf side and back to Lake Marie.
It was pretty intense since we pressed on through a bad snow storm that was almost a white out at times. there was about 2 feet of snow so we camped at Vedauwoo, we wanted to boulder anyways, and had a nice warm night.
Great hike on a great day. Only one small snow field to contend with. Going up the ridge, and coming back via the lakes trail only took aobut 5 hours at a leisurely pace
Great climb, great weather. We left at about 6:00 AM and made it to the summit before 8:30. The snow was deep, but fairly hard-packed. This is a great season for south face direct climbs!
Medicine Bow was a nice climb. Too bad the weather wasn't the best. I left the East Lake Marie TH at 5:15am, ascended a small but steep offshoot of the Old Main Couloir, and hit the summit at 7:45am. I had a fun glissade down the true Old Main Couloir and was back at the TH by 9am.
It was a great hike, especially since almost all of it was above timberline on the alpine tundra. The grassy highlands reminded my dad and I of the Scottish highlands. It was beautiful. At the summit, we could see Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as other jagged Colorado peaks to the south, and Laramie Peak to the north. It was a worthwhile climb.
Attempted this in the snow with my wife. Made it to 11,500 feet and turned back. Hiking was to slow and got sick of falling waist deep in the snow. Will attempt it again next year when the snow melts.
A wonderful morning hike, with spectacular views in all directions, all the way to Rocky Mt NP. A quiet and relatively unknown wildernes area, a gem.
Eric J Lee
Short climb, but was not ready for the altitude. Headache, dizzy and distorted vision.
On June 27, 2004, Matt, a fellow SP member (Mr P)and I "tackled" Medicine Bow Peak. The views from the top were great and it was the first time in my life that I was got in a crazy hail storm descending as we got closer to the parking lot. My route description of this route is very informative and full of photos if you are interested in venturing into WY's Snowy Range!
This is a pretty convenient peak to get to from Laramie, so it was nice to stay close to home for this one. It's one of the easier climbs around with great views down into Colorado and up into Wyoming. Lake Marie is well worth the visit.
Easy half-day climb (though one short, treacherous snowfield crossing). Great scenery, very similar to Uinta mountains of Utah. Did this as a tune up to Mt. Massive a few days later.
Good moderate hike. Many beautiful flowers on the way up with some enormous rock fields. Be sure to bring rain gear if hiking in early afternoon in the summer. Storms seem to come like clockwork.
TJ Burr and Mia Petrey climbed the mountain together completing the 7.4 mile loop. We had a late start that offered a spectacular sunset from the summit ridge. Fortunately the weather was good allowing us to descend the final 2 miles in the dark. We hadn't planned on making a descent in the dark, and it isn't recommended. The granite walls on the east side drop straight off, and the trail is meandering and rocky on the way down to Lake Marie. TJ has jogged the loop many times. Jogging the route is great fun and hard work, but you have to watch every step.