Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
3.30 mi (5.31 km)
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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.

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

General Day Use Fee

Pros

Beautiful views. Easy hike. Many lakes.

Cons

Some horse traffic.

Trailhead Elevation

10,525.00 ft (3,208.02 m)

Net Elevation Gain

225.00 ft (68.58 m)

Features

Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Fishing

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking
Horseback

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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