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Medicine Bow Peak, Centennial

4.9
#123 of 137 in Nature in Wyoming
Medicine Bow Peak is the highest peak in the Snowy Range, a part of the Medicine Bow Mountains, about 35 miles west of Laramie, Wyoming. It lies within Medicine Bow National Forest and is the highest point in southern Wyoming. The summit lies in extreme western Albany County, but the mountain's lower reaches stretch westward into eastern Carbon County. The summit is more than 12,013 feet (3,661 m) high and is visible from Snowy Range Pass, elevation 10,847 ft (3,300 m), on Wyoming Highway 130, a Wyoming Scenic Byway. The most commonly used trail to the peak is a four-mile hike featuring switch-backs and a great deal of loose rock. The trails to the peak are usually open from early June to mid October.
The mountain is usually covered with snow from October to late June. During winter the peak can be reached by snowshoe or by skiing. Summer conditions can be extreme, with frequent thunderstorms and hail during the afternoons.
The peak is part of a proterozoic quartzite ridge that juts above the Snowy Range. It was glaciated until quite recently, and year-round snowfields are still present on its flanks. Periglacial polygons, also known as "stone nets", are located above the timberline. Several glacial lakes are located at the base of the peak.
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  • Great photo op, always snow on the peaks...all year round. Beautiful vistas, and easy to visit....not a bad picture from any angle...  more »
  • Mountains as always are beautiful, there late June early July, mountains still had lots of snow., allowing folks to still ski, snowmobile, and play.  more »
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  • Awesome 👍
  • Nice hike! Fantastic views, can't wait to see it in the spring and autumn now! (Hiked in summertime only so far.)

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