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Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail

Medicine Bow Area, Wyoming

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Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail

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  • Start of the trail near Brooklyn Lake.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • Beautiful meadows.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • There are many small ponds and lakes along the trail.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • Still snowfields in July!- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • One of the beautiful lakes on this trail.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • The melting snow creates very wet meadows.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • North Twin Lakes.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • Stopping for a drink.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • Lots of water this year.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • Several streams cross the trail.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • This trail is scenic and easy.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
  • Wildflowers are beautiful and abundant.- Twin Lakes Hike via Sheep Lake Trail
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Pros: 
Beautiful views. Easy hike. Many lakes.
Cons: 
Some horse traffic.
Region:
Medicine Bow Area, WY
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
225.00 ft (68.58 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
3.30 mi (5.31 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
10,525.00 ft (3,208.02 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Sheep Lake Trail is one of the two high-country trailheads near Brooklyn Lake Campground. This adventure records a short hike up to the first major lake on this trail, North Twin Lakes. This is an easy, fairly-level trail that is often used by horses. It follows the northern segment of the Snowy Range crest, and along the way it passes fields of wildflowers and many unnamed lakes and ponds. While not as spectacular as the hikes on Lost Lake Trail or the trails leaving from the Sugarloaf area, this is a fine and scenic hike that is very family friendly and beautiful.

The trail starts out through green meadows with many flowers and soon approaches a snowfield that melts into a stream that crosses the trail and flows into a small lake. Following the base of the crest, the views to the east are lovely as the trail skirts the shelf hanging above the Laramie Valley below. After about 1.5 miles the trail reaches the North Twin Lakes, which are the source of the North Fork of the Little Laramie River. The trail continues another 2.5 miles to Sheep Lake and, shortly after that, meets the Gap Lakes Trail. The Gap Lakes Trail can be taken to form a 12-mile loop for a nice multi-day backpack trip.

 

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