Snowy Range Backpacking in Wyoming

Snowy Range Backpacking in Wyoming


Experience Wyoming’s beautiful alpine lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks, and historic hot springs. The Snowy Range in Wyoming is a remote area within the least populated state in America.  Just 30 minutes from Laramie, this peaceful destination showcases beautiful alpine lakes framing snow-capped mountains.

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START: Laramie, WY
FINISH: Laramie, WY
Budget Friendly Outdoor Accommodations High Fitness Level Couples Family Friendly

The Snowy Range in Wyoming is a remote area within the least populated state in America.  Wildlife in the area include black bear, moose, marmots, pika, and elk. September is the perfect time to hike in the Snowy Range, with warm days and nighttime temperatures hovering above freezing.  There could be a potential dusting of snow on the peaks, which make for beautiful photos!

This trip is designed for beginner backpackers, and your guides will share tips and tricks to help you perfect your skills (navigation, cooking, water purification, setting up camp, etc) and help plan your own trips in the future.  Each team member will carry their own personal gear, along with group gear and food distributed evenly. We will cover 5-8 miles per day. We also build in some quiet time for personal reflection, journaling, or just hanging out enjoying your surroundings.

After 2 nights on the trail, you’ll trade your heavier gear for lightweight day packs and hike up Medicine Bow Peak! Medicine Bow is the tallest peak in the Snowy Range (12,014 ft). The trip ends with an overnight stay in historic Saratoga, WY where you can soak in the relaxing hot springs.

With 3 days and 2 nights on the trail, the chance to summit a peak, hot springs, and a celebratory dinner and overnight stay in historic Saratoga, WY, this is a truly unique backpacking experience.

*Provided by Special Use Permit through the Medicine Bow National Forest

What's Included
  • 2 days/2 nights backpacking in Medicine Bow National Forest
  • Day-hike to Medicine Bow Peak
  • 1 night at a hotel in Laramie, WY (double occupancy)
  • 1 night at a historic Lodge in Saratoga, WY (double occupancy)
  • All meals in town and on the trail
  • Visit to Saratoga Hot Springs
  • Local Transportation and airport shuttles
  • Tents, group cookware and water filtration systems
  • Permits, area usage fees, and guide fees
  • 3 pre-departure conference calls with your guide(s)
What's Not Included
  • Transportation from your home to/from Laramie, Wyoming
  • Personal gear and clothing
  • Off-Trail meals (with the exception of dinner on nights 1 and 4)
  • Alcoholic beverages, extra drinks and snacks beyond what is provided
  • Guide Tips


Backpacking, Hiking, Camping


Day 1 - Arriveal in Laramie
Arrive in Laramie in the afternoon. Our guides will meet you at the airport and transport you to your hotel, if necessary. After you’re checked in and comfortable, we’ll have a pre-trip meeting, gear check and distribution of group gear/food followed by dinner in Laramie. (Meals Included: D)
Day 2 - Hike to the Trailhead
In the morning, the guides will pick you up at the hotel and transfer everyone to the trailhead. You will hike approximately 6-7 miles, stopping for lunch and to enjoy the scenery along the way. Your guides will prepare dinner for the group before camping under the abundant stars in the backcountry. (Meals provided: B, L, D)
Day 3 - Alpine Lakes Hike
You’ll get an early start and continue hiking passing alpine lakes along the way. Today’s hike is about the same length as yesterday, and you’ll spend the evening camping out. (Meals provided: B, L, D)
Day 4 - Medicine Bow Peak Summit
This morning you’ll hike out of the backcountry and drop your heavy packs at the vehicle. Carrying only what you need for the day, you’ll hike to the summit of Medicine Bow Peak (12,014ft). Afterward, you’ll drive to Saratoga for a well-deserved dinner and soak in the hot springs. Overnight at the Wolf Hotel. (Meals provided: B, L, D)
Day 5 - Departure
After breakfast, the guides will transport you back to Laramie for your departure. (Meals provided: NA)

Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on permit availability, weather, trail and course conditions, travel, health and well-being of the trip participants, and interests of the group.



We know that well-fed hikers are happy hikers and we aim to please! On the trail, your guides will prepare delicious meals each day. Traditional trail snacks are also provided (jerky, trail mix, granola bars), but you are welcome to bring some of your favorites, if you prefer. We will have a welcome dinner at a restaurant in Laramie on Night 1 and a celebration dinner at a restaurant in Saratoga after the hike, as well.

Special dietary considerations can be accommodated with advance notice.


On night 1, we will spend the evening at a hotel in Laramie, WY. While on the trail, nights will be spent sleeping under the stars in roomy, 3-person tents (provided). After the hike, we spend an evening at the historic Wolf Lodge in Saratoga, WY. Accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single occupancy, that can be arranged for an additional $100/person/night.


Some of the activities that you may choose to participate in while in Wyoming are strenuous and take place at higher elevations. They should not be undertaken if you have any health conditions which may put you at risk. You are strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting our Snowy Range Backpacking Trip. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a ‘stress EKG’. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.


  • Backpack – 40-65 liters, capable of 30-40 lb load
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Duffel bag (for items to be left in the car while hiking)
  • Sleeping bag – lightweight, easily packable (rated to 20 degrees).
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pillow
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Ski hat
  • Gloves
  • Casual clothing – lightweight, comfortable items for travel
  • Airline tickets (if necessary)
  • Earplugs
  • Travel pillow
  • Toilet paper (will use Ziploc bags for used paper while on trail)
  • Medium to Large pack towel
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Handi-wipes (moist towelettes for cleaning)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Personal toiletry items
  • Hiking boots – waterproof with good ankle support
  • Tennis shoes or sandals (for around camp)
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Hiking socks, sock liners (optional) and warm socks for around camp
  • Hiking shorts
  • Hiking Pants (zip-offs are great)
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Long underwear (top and bottoms)
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants
  • Down or synthetic “puffy” jacket
  • Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants
  • Underwear
  • Water bottles (2-3) and/or a Hydration reservoir (2-3 liters)
  • Plastic bowl, cups, spoon and fork
  • Matches or lighter
  • Trekking poles (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Small multi-tool or pocket knife
  • Headlamp or flashlight w/ extra batteries
  • Camera w/ extra batteries, tripod (optional)
  • Book notebook, journal, pencil or pen
  • Bandanas or Buff
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Personal first-aid kit and medications
  • Several large Ziploc plastic bags for trash

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