Our friends, DeAnne and John, had left – but we stayed a few more days to hike in Centennial, Wyoming. We asked around for recommendations of a scenic hike and were told to try the North Gap trail. Since we’d already hiked the Lakes Trail (considered by the guidebooks the most scenic trail), we assumed the North Gap trail would be pleasant but nothing too special. We were so wrong.
We saw other hikers only occasionally, and most were from the bordering states of Colorado or Nebraska. We think this area is still not very well known. We did pass an enthusiastic group from Americorps and stopped to talk to one member there from New York. They were busy at work cutting back overgrown foliage blocking the trail. As we continued on we appreciated the cleared path ahead.
We sat on a big rock by the snowfield and had our snack of nuts and dried fruit. The perfect hike, the perfect day -how lucky are we?
We had a panoramic, scenic view every minute of this hike. The trail was not at all difficult. For ease of hiking at a high altitude with such breathtaking views, we think it’s the best of the three hikes we did in the Snowy Range. Truly memorable!
We’d like to say we recommend a visit to hike in the Medicine Bow Peaks, but maybe we’re not so anxious to get the word out about such a glorious place. We wouldn’t want crowds to spoil a good thing.