2013 Fall Trip, Day Three: Medicine Bow National Forest and Medicine Bow Peak

On day three, we summited a short but steep trail to Medicine Bow Peak. Our time on the peak was cut short by an afternoon thunderstorm. We’ll just say we descended much quicker than we went up. The complex of thunderstorms made for some spectacular rainbows, both in the National Forest, and south of Centennial, Wyoming near Sheep Mountain.

A spotted sandpiper hunts in the forest at 8000

A spotted sandpiper hunts in the forest at 8000′ in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Lake Libby and the Snowy Range in Medicine Bow National Forest.

Lake Libby and the Snowy Range in Medicine Bow National Forest.

David walking towards Libby Lake in the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.

David walking towards Libby Lake in the Snowy Range of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.

David in front Libby Lake.

David in front Libby Lake.

The Snowy Range in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

The Snowy Range in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Kristen by Libby Lake.

Kristen by Libby Lake.

A red-tailed hawk in Wyoming.

A red-tailed hawk in Wyoming.

A fly or bee in the Snowy Range.

A fly or bee in the Snowy Range.

A fisherman fishes Lewis Lake in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

A fisherman fishes Lewis Lake in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Looking down on Libby, Lewis and Class Lakes in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Looking down on Libby, Lewis and Class Lakes in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

A pika in the Snowy Range in Wyoming.

A pika in the Snowy Range in Wyoming.

A pika in the Snowy Range in Wyoming.

A pika in the Snowy Range in Wyoming.

A cluster of alpine lakes in the Snowy Range.

A cluster of alpine lakes in the Snowy Range.

Medicine Bow Peak and the ridgeline in the Snowy Range.

Medicine Bow Peak and the ridgeline in the Snowy Range.

Kristen ascends to Medicine Bow Peak.

Kristen ascends to Medicine Bow Peak.

The trail to Medicine Bow Peak from the Sugarloaf Campground.

The trail to Medicine Bow Peak from the Sugarloaf Campground.

A Dark-eyed Junco on Medicine Bow Peak.

A Dark-eyed Junco on Medicine Bow Peak.

A view from Medicine Bow Peak.

A view from Medicine Bow Peak.

David on Medicine Bow Peak.

David on Medicine Bow Peak.

Lewis Lake in the Snowy Range.

Lewis Lake in the Snowy Range.

A rainbow form in front of Brown

A rainbow form in front of Brown’s Peak.

A moose in the marsh in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

A moose in the marsh in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Mammatus near Centennial, Wyoming.

Mammatus near Centennial, Wyoming.

Mammatus near Centennial, Wyoming.

Mammatus near Centennial, Wyoming.

A rainbow near Centennial, Wyoming.

A rainbow near Centennial, Wyoming.

Storm clouds and a double rainbow over Sheep Mountain in Wyoming.

Storm clouds and a double rainbow over Sheep Mountain in Wyoming.

Storm clouds and a double rainbow over Sheep Mountain in Wyoming.

Storm clouds and a double rainbow over Sheep Mountain in Wyoming.

Storm clouds and a double rainbow over Sheep Mountain in Wyoming.

Storm clouds and a double rainbow over Sheep Mountain in Wyoming.

Storm clouds near Centennial, Wyoming.

Storm clouds near Centennial, Wyoming.

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