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Mistymoon Lake Professional Review and Guide
"Located 50 miles east of Worland, in the southwestern sector of the Bighorn National Forest. A rugged 2- to 3-day hike into the alpine lake country of the Cloud Peak Wilderness."
--Bill Hunger, Hiking Wyoming (Falcon Guides).
This trial is a very easy trail. It really has a slow and easy grade incline to it. When you get around Mistymoon is when the trial starts to steepen. If you are there for the scenery you'll get some very beautiful pictures. If your their for the fishing I'd like to pursuade you to keep going the trail gets steeper but the fishing is unbelivable once you get to Florence Lake, and the view if your adventurous at the top of either ridge top on your sides is breath taking.
I have hiked this trail a few times on the way to the Cloud Peak back country. Snow remains on the trail till early July but it is quite navigable. The trail is a bit muddy during the Spring runoff and this is complicated by the equestrians on the trail.
The views along the hike are fabulous and the terrain (from the West Tensleep trailhead) is quite manageable for the average backpacker. You encounter three lakes (4 if u count Tensleep)along this hike and they all offer decent fishing for brook trout. There are quite a few mosquitos near the lakes in the summer and there is very little firewood available (that which is there should be left alone as the ecosystem this close to the timberline is very sensitive).
The last time I did this hike I encountered a group of guys from Minneapolis who had literally gone insane from the altitude. Although the trail keeps you under 11,00o ft altitude seems to be an issue for some people who are not acclimated.
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