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Upper Brooks Lake Professional Review and Guide
"The signed Yellowstone Trail leaves from the parking lot and heads around the west side of Brooks Lake. The Forest Service has constructed new boardwalks, preserving wetland habitat and the waterproofing on your boots. Brooks Lake is large. The lakeside scene is dominated by the towering, jagged battlements of Pinnacle Buttes just east of the lake. They are more than 11,000 feet in elevation. To the west rise the stunning Breccia Cliffs. Lacking the pinnacles of the mountains to the east, the Breccia Cliffs present a uniform 500- to 800-foot-high wall all the way to Upper Brooks Lake. Highlights: An easy hike to a beautiful alpine lake near the Continental Divide."
--Lee Mercer & Ralph Maughan, Hiking Wyoming's Teton & Washakie Wildness Areas (Falcon Guides).
This easy hike has lots to offer - the beauty of a long vast meadow (we want to become squatters in the abandoned cabin that can be spied in the distance), a short section through the woodland's edge, and lots of wildflowers. We had to ford Brooks Lake Creek barefooted...couldn't find anywhere to cross that would insure dry hiking boots. We continued on to Rainbow Lake where the trout awaited us. Heading back the bugs were vicious and the lack of shade no fun but not even this could taint our fond memories of all the fun we had along the way!
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