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Backpacker Magazine – June 2010

Rip & Go: Snowy Range Loop, Medicine Bow National Forest, WY

See snaggly summits and hook trout galore on a high-alpine trek.

by: Kelly Bastone

At the foot of Medicine Bow Peak. (Brett Deacon,
At the foot of Medicine Bow Peak. (Brett Deacon,
Essential fishing gear. (Courtesy Orvis)
Essential fishing gear. (Courtesy Orvis)

Download a printable version of this entire trip right here.
Breakfast 1
On the road

Lunches 1 & 2

Peanut butter, honey, sesame seed, and apricot wraps
Dinner 1 Big Country Burrito

Breakfasts 2 & 3

Instant oatmeal,  chocolate chips

Dinner 2

Snowy Trout
Granola bars, mini Oreos, trail mix, dried figs

Big Country Burrito 
A superfast but filling rollup

4 small tortillas
1 cup instant refried beans
1 7-ounce pouch chicken
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
4 ounces cheddar cheese, sliced
Dash hot sauce (optional)

Boil two cups water and add refried beans, stirring. Add chicken and seasoning; spoon into tortillas. Top with cheese and add hot sauce to taste.

Snowy Trout   
Catch of the day, spicy-style

1 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon mild chili powder
1 can chopped green chilies
¼ cup onion, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cleaned whole trout

Combine dry ingredients in a gallon zip-top bag. Place trout in bag and shake. Heat oil and pan-fry fish until flesh is flaky, about 3 to 6 minutes per side, and remove. Sauté onion, stir in chilies, and serve over trout.

[  ] 1 onion (produce)
[  ] dried figs (produce)
[  ] 1 pack dried apricots
[  ] 1 7-oz. pouch
       of chicken (6)
[  ] 1 pack instant  
       refried beans (8)
[  ] taco seasoning (8)
[  ] 1 4-oz. can chopped
       green chilies (9)
[  ] 1 pack tortillas (10)
[  ] 4 oz. cheddar (11)
[  ] 1 box cornmeal (12)
[  ] 6 oz. vegetable
       oil (12)
[  ] chili powder (12)
[  ] 1 bag chocolate
       chips (12)
[  ] sesame seeds (12)
[  ] 1 box granola bars (13)
[  ] 1 box instant
       oatmeal (13)
[  ] 1 8-oz. jar peanut  
       butter (14)
[  ] 6 oz. honey (14)
[  ] 1 box mini Oreos (14)
[  ] 1 bag trail mix (14)

554 North 3rd St., Laramie, WY;
(307) 721-5107

PIT STOP Head to the Mountain View Hotel, in Centennial, for breakfast on the sunny deck. The French toast is made with house-baked cinnamon bread. Try the “Mountain Man,” which includes two eggs, hash browns, dollar pancakes, and your choice of meat. 2747 WY 130; (307) 742-5476;

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Jul 25, 2011

Research on this article was weak. Big Hoss is closed and they never sold fishing or gas. You must be thinking of the West Laramie Fly Store. Comments from hikers suggest the same lack of research.

Jul 25, 2011

Research on this article was weak. Big Hoss is closed and they never sold fishing or gas. You must be thinking of the West Laramie Fly Store. Comments from hikers suggest the same lack of research.

Mac Jones
Mar 13, 2011

My wife and I live in Cheyenne, we hike this area every summer. The forest service says we have alomost 175% of normal snow fall this year,and it is only March. So this area will be late June before you can get in.

Dave Lorenzen
Feb 16, 2011

I just saved the day at Animal Services

Paul Mags
Nov 09, 2010

My girlfriend and I did this loop suggestion with a slight variation. We x-countried it from North Gap lake to Medicine Bow rather than do the out-n-back section. Made a nice loop if you enjoy cross-country travel.
Photos here:

Matt L.
Jul 11, 2010

Just did the hike this weekend. Not a lot of people, but still a fair amount of snow on trails to stomp through. Made it through the whole loop, though we did it in reverse and went along the Glacier Lakes trail, as opposed to the author's suggested, seemingly non-existent route. Great hike.

Ted E
Jul 01, 2010

The road up brooklyn lake is still blocked with snow, and the trails still have a ton of snow on them (6/30/2010). However, i still was able to hike into Brooklyn lake, and spent the night there. There wasn't another person anywhere to be seen and i caught 4 nice little trout.


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