Jade Lakes

Dubois, Wyoming

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A short and easy hike to two exceptionally pretty high-country lakes, located 26 miles northwest of Dubois in the northwestern corner of the Shoshone National Forest. The lakes feature towering stratified cliffs and fair fishing. Expect fees at Brooks Lake Campground and a trailhead register. US 287 west of Dubois climbs into an enticing section of southern Absaroka high country. As you drive the road, you’ll notice that these somewhat wild and unusual stratified layers of volcanic cliff keep bobbing into greater and greater view. Upper and Lower Jade Lakes offer an easy 2.5 mile (one way) hike that places you both directly under the desired cliffs and beside emerald lakes that reflect the majesty of the surrounding country. Jade is the official stone of the state of Wyoming.

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"A short and easy hike to two exceptionally pretty high-country lakes, located 26 miles northwest of Dubois in the northwestern corner of the Shoshone National Forest. The lakes feature towering stratified cliffs and fair fishing. Expect fees at Brooks Lake Campground and a trailhead register.

US 287 west of Dubois climbs into an enticing section of southern Absaroka high country. As you drive the road, you’ll notice that these somewhat wild and unusual stratified layers of volcanic cliff keep bobbing into greater and greater view. Upper and Lower Jade Lakes offer an easy 2.5 mile (one way) hike that places you both directly under the desired cliffs and beside emerald lakes that reflect the majesty of the surrounding country. Jade is the official stone of the state of Wyoming."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Dubois
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 370 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Local Contacts: Wind River Ranger District (307) 455-2466
Local Maps: Shoshone National Forest north half map, or USGS Togwotee Pass and Dundee Meadows quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Jade Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

6/6/2006
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Road to trailhead at Brooks Lake closed. No explanation why -- it''s an all weather destination and should have been open. Thus, trip was aborted. Didn''t know to call ahead (Parks Service regional office, I suppose); that should be mentioned in the trail guide.



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