The Medicine Bow Mountains of Southern Wyoming are part of the Rocky Mountain Foreland, a generally north-south trending chain of mountain ranges characterized by uplift of Precambrian basement rocks and associated drape-folding during the Laramide Orogeny. The Snowy Range is a small ridge, just a few summits of metamorphic quartzite with a lovely texture resembling sugar rising to about 12,000 feet above sea level above somewhat lower forested slopes, which in turn float like an island above the dry prairies of the Laramie Basin below.
They’re also a fantastic place to explore spectacular alpine scenery and ecosystems an easy drive from Fort Collins. There are surprisingly few tourists and hikers compared to the Colorado mountains, yet the mountains are magnificent. It’s a wonderful place that feels very remote and untrammeled yet is easy to get to. It’s about a two hour drive from home across enormous open spaces with 100-mile views. It looks a lot like Central Asia on the approach, but then there’s this lovely little mountain wilderness suspended there.
The photo above shows Lookout Lake below an unnamed ridge that leads to the summit of Medicine Bow Peak, which is just off the right side of the frame.
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