While western Wyoming and the Tetons seem to get all of the credit for stunning natural beauty here in Wyoming, one of the true natural gems in the state, Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, is tucked away on the Colorado-Wyoming border and is home to wonders you’ve got to see to believe. For a great introduction to this beautiful landscape, plan a day hike down to Crater Lake for a picnic lunch.
As always, when you head out into the backcountry, take several precautions so you can have a safe trip! Tell someone your plans and when to expect you back, carry bear spray and know how to hang your food if you’re staying the night, and be sure to leave no trace of your visit so that our forests and lakes stay pristine for generations to come.
The road to the trailhead is rough, and a high clearance vehicle is recommended. It is possible, though, to take just about any car back there when conditions are dry. You can find recent trip reports and a trail map on AllTrails, right here.
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