I camped high on the ridge leading to Medicine Bow in June. In the middle of the night, I woke up because a marmot was nibbling on my toes through my sleeping bag. I moved my camp to the middle of a snow field, getting my socks wet in the process and setting them out to dry. They were gone in the morning with little marmot tracks all around. It's a long story, but I've been at war with marmots ever since they did $1000 worth of damage to my car. Anyway, on the traverse I came across a guy from Erie, PA who spent the night stuck between snowfields - afraid to cross the one ahead and afraid to recross the one behind. He was ready to call for help. I let him use my ice axe to summit, and am sure he made it down the other side OK.
Climbed this peak in the fall of 1995. Great summit...the views are fantastic. Some of my friends glissaded down the snowfields.
The hike up began about 8:00 AM, under mostly sunny skies. Chadron, Nebraska residents DeDe, Greg, and Tom took a little less than 2.5 hours to reach the summit from the Lake Marie West trail head. After visiting with some other hikers at the top, it took about 2 hours to complete the loop back to the trail head. Great photo ops all along the way (see gallery)! A great hike!
Wound up in Saratoga Springs for the wedding - which didn't start until 6:30 PM. We thought we'd go for a little hike, but didn't realize how beautiful the Snowy Range was or how perfect the weather would be. We didn't know how far the loop was, but we went for it anyway and made it back just in time for the wedding. The day was simply fantastic. Best of luck Josh and April!
Fun hike, less than 3hrs round trip, but didn't keep track for sure. Great views.
I had read about the Medicine Bow area for a number of years before I finally had a chance to visit the area. This was a nice hike that was just long enough and fun enough to make my day. A wonderful area that is very accessible.
I grew up camping, fishing and hiking in this mountain range. It feels like home to me.
Reached the summit and there sat a fox. It stayed for about (10) minutes and then hit the road.
Nice peak in a beautiful area.
Great hike! There was still some snow on the top of the peak but it was packed down. Beautiful wildflowers along the route and great views of all of the Snowy Range from the top! We did the long loop from Lewis Lake, up to the peak, then back over to Lake Marie, then back up to Lewis.
Climbed with Vagabond Manifesto and another friend. This was the first real mountain I had climbed. The views from the top were spectacular, though a little hazy in some directions. You can see for many miles. As V.M. said, it was extremely windy. Also, would like to point out that there tend to be thunderstorms every afternoon. We were rained on during the last half of our hike. I have experienced the same conditions on the southern end of the Medicine Bow Range in Colorado, so leave early in the morning. This is a good starter climb which will leave you wanting more.
This is one of the best hikes around. Incredible views to the west on the way up from Lewis Lake. Following the ridge west from the summit, we were buffeted by sustained 60 mph winds. The descent to Lake Marie from the spine of the range is awesome.
Only summitted twice via Lake Marie trail with our dogs. Other trips were on the rock (schoolhouse rock) and snow (Old Main-- turned back due to poor conditions) and down without venturing up to the summit. Schoolhouse Rock had a lot of loose rock, mostly large dangerous blocks.
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.