The Snowy Range, Wyoming

Snowy Range Pass, Wyoming
Snowy Range Pass, Wyoming
On our one full day in Laramie, we headed out on the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, Wyoming’s second highest pass at 10,847 feet. Our first stop was the Libby Flats Observation Point (from which the panorama above was taken, as well as the two pictures below).

A short distance down the road, the Medicine Bow Peak Overlook had good views over the peak and Bellamy Lake nestling below it.

Medicine Bow Peak and Bellamy Lake
Medicine Bow Peak and Bellamy Lake
From here, we also took a short trail of about a mile which looped round the abandoned Red Mask Mine and a miner’s cabin. Built in the 1920s, the mine was thought to contain rich veins of copper, gold and silver but only traces were ever found.

Descending a little further, we parked at Lake Marie, named after Mrs Mary (Marie) Bellamy who led the successful suffrage drive which led to the 19th amendment allowing women to vote. She was also the first woman elected to the Wyoming Legislature in 1910. Wyoming women’s history rocks!

Lake Marie
Lake Marie
A trail led off from Lake Marie passing Mirror Lake, Lookout Lake and several smaller lakes – and now I can’t remember which is which! So I have helpfully labelled all the photos in the next gallery Lakes Trail. Breath-taking views – in more ways than one….

The trail wasn’t difficult as it climbed gently uphill, but I found myself short of breath and (even) slower than usual. The air is much thinner when you’re at 10,000 feet before you even start walking and it took us a few days to acclimatise.

Eventually, we reached a saddle with a junction of trails.

We could, of course, have continued upwards and onwards to the summit of Medicine Bow Peak and back to Lake Marie along the ridge – um, not likely! We returned by the same 2.4 mile route we had come. At least it was now mostly downhill and easier to breathe.

The next day, we left Laramie and headed for Rock Springs.

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56 thoughts on “The Snowy Range, Wyoming

  1. Heyjude October 6, 2016 / 12:35

    Looks quite bleak. Must be the colour of the mountains, or the lack of vegetation other than the trees. An interesting landscape nevertheless.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 6, 2016 / 14:31

      Strange, until I got your comment and Pit’s I hadn’t really thought of it as bleak but I suppose it is! I liked it a lot. There were a few wildflowers but we were a couple of weeks too late for any profusion at 10000 feet.

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  2. Pit October 6, 2016 / 13:00

    Interesting, that bleak lanscape, considering that the latitude would be south of Frankfurt, even if only a little!

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  3. Pit October 6, 2016 / 14:39

    Yiou certainly have a point there! πŸ˜‰

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  4. BeckyB October 6, 2016 / 14:56

    Amazing how lakes all look pretty similar once you are back home, but at the time each and every shot you take feels like it is so unique that you’ll be fine when you get back!

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    • Anabel Marsh October 6, 2016 / 16:21

      I know! Same with waterfalls and all the other features we photographed. All a blur now.

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  5. hilarymb October 6, 2016 / 17:48

    Hi Anabel – well that added to your Laramie trip – even for the ‘bleak trail’ it adds to Laramie’s interest … lucky for the inhabitants to have that wonderful scenery so near by … cheers HIlary

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  6. Birgit October 6, 2016 / 19:13

    I bet there have been more than one western made in this area. It looks majestic if a bit bleak but so beautiful nevertheless.

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  7. Ann Coleman October 6, 2016 / 23:13

    I think the landscape looks unusual, and yet is still beautiful!

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    • Anabel Marsh October 7, 2016 / 07:41

      Thanks – we really liked it, having had little knowledge of it before we went other than it contained Yellowstone.

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  8. Elaine - I used to be indecisive October 7, 2016 / 12:33

    It’s very striking landscape. Several people have said bleak, but I didn’t think that at all – I just think it looks quite unusual with the grey mountains and the contrast with the green trees.

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  9. Spanglish Jill October 7, 2016 / 13:51

    Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous landscape! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  10. maristravels October 7, 2016 / 14:20

    I love the drama of the landscape, and besides, having been brought up on the old black and white cowboy and Indian films, it looks just right to me. All I needed was a couple of bandits and a posse following and it would be perfect.

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  11. rosemaylily2014 October 8, 2016 / 05:08

    Breath-taking scenery Anabel – rugged and yet so beautiful! Looking forward to reading about the rest of your trip πŸ™‚

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  12. cassam101 October 8, 2016 / 08:06

    What lovely scenery straight out of a cowboy film.

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  13. Liesbet October 8, 2016 / 12:30

    What a beautiful walk and views. I had no idea that the altitude in Wyoming was so high in places. Did you think back about your time in Tibet? πŸ™‚

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    • Anabel Marsh October 8, 2016 / 13:17

      I did! But fortunately had none of the ill effects – not quite high enough for that.

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  14. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy October 8, 2016 / 18:35

    I am sort of with the people thinking ‘bleak’ – I was actually thinking stark. I like stark, it has less dreariness in my mind.

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  15. jazzfeathers October 8, 2016 / 21:04

    Absolutely stunning scenary. I envy you, Anabel πŸ™‚

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  16. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor October 8, 2016 / 21:19

    Wyoming is quite a beautiful state. I used to travel there for work so I’m enjoying your series on your visit there.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 8, 2016 / 22:59

      We loved it. Perhaps you will know some of the places later on in the trip.

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  17. petakaplan October 9, 2016 / 14:42

    These are quite dramatic photos. I really like the soft gray tones and textures. Suns strenuous though….

    Peta

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    • Anabel Marsh October 9, 2016 / 15:00

      I don’t think it would have been strenuous without the combination of altitude and jet lag. Thanks – I like “dramatic” rather than “bleak” which many have gone for.

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  18. inesephoto October 9, 2016 / 22:31

    Stunning! The lake is beautiful beyond words, and the silver-gray mountain looks unearthly.

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  19. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) October 12, 2016 / 16:57

    I do love a good mine! And leave it to you to track down something named after the local suffragette! I’m glad you did though; I always enjoy reading your facts about women’s history!

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    • Anabel Marsh October 12, 2016 / 17:25

      I always seem to manage to sniff something out! Had no idea Wyoming would be so fruitful for women’s history though.

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  20. Blue Sky Scotland October 13, 2016 / 01:17

    Always like the mountain regions in any country and good to put a landscape on a name. I must have heard it somewhere in a book or film before as Medicine Bow Peak rings a bell.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 13, 2016 / 07:48

      I think a lot of this area has appeared on film at some point.

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  21. Spanglish Jill October 15, 2016 / 00:12

    Hi Anabel, I had to change my blog to private quite abruptly, please when you get a chance simply visit my blog and request access.

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  22. Inger October 18, 2016 / 18:46

    How gorgeous isn’t this? What a beautiful scenery, loving your photos of Snowy Range Pass.

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  23. restlessjo October 30, 2016 / 10:20

    I don’t know why I was drawn to this one. Snow isn’t my thing at all, but it does look a very picturesque walk, Anabel. πŸ™‚

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    • Anabel Marsh October 30, 2016 / 10:40

      Thanks, it was! Apart from the breathlessness at the altitude which, thankfully, we acclimatised to after that.

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