I had the chance to hike some minor peaks when I was younger, and thus a goal has always been to introduce my two sons to the experience. In April, the younger son and I went out skiing and made an attempt on Quandary, making it to 12,600 for a beautiful outing but no summit. The summer evolved such that a window of time opened for the trip late in August, and the thought was that a moonlight/dawn summit would make up for the fail of the winter attempt. So after much effort, we were off to the Medicine Bow Mountains and the Snowy Range for our first stop on our trip west.
Medicine Bow Range from Laramie Basin
Medicine Bow Peak is simply beautiful, and a nice place to climatize for a few days. Our camp was at 10,800 and served to help the flatlanders prepare for what was ahead.
Medicine Bow Peak
We hiked Medicine Bow Peak on Friday. It was a delightful hike, rugged with a nice boulder ridge to the summit. It was the first summit of any significant type for the boys. Congratulations!
Working up Medicine Bow
USGS - Navigator Duck - our mascot - joined the photo.
We had views of Rocky Mountain NP.
Summit view- east
View south along Snowy Range
There were abundant wildflowers and beautiful lakes.
Abundant wildflowers We spent another day hiking and fishing before moving on to Colorado.
Fishing south gap lake The plan was to move and set up camp early on Sunday for a moolight hike up Quandary.
A Classic Western - Quandary